Students are provided with opportunities to hear from providers of post -18 options at, and leading up to important transition points. Higher education, Further Education institutes and work based training providers deliver assembly presentations, one to one advice and are fully represented at our careers fair to offer CIAG on the courses and options available post-18. This impartial advice and guidance provided by both the academy and through collaboration, enables students to make informed choices on the most appropriate progression route. The majority of our student’s progress into higher education achieving relevant qualifications for their chosen courses.
All students are provided with quality impartial advice and guidance prior to taking up their 16-19 programme, a full range of study programmes is available. Students participate in a wide range of activities developed to prepare them for their next steps into further and higher education, training, employability or non-qualification activity:
- One to One careers meetings with the Aspirations Leader/Careers Adviser (Maria Hale) in school at the request of students, staff or parents. Students also have access to a drop-in service during break and lunch or after school.
- Bespoke work experience programme, students are supported to find work experience placements in Year 12 and take one week of work experience with an employer. They complete log-books whilst on placement and receive a certificate on completion of the programme. To identify potential placements students will gain additional support, during the Spring Term, from the Education Business Partnership.
- A Year 12 mock interview programme is conducted in the Autumn Term, this is a three day intensive programme that is supported by local entrepreneurs. Students produce CV’s, complete application forms and practise their interview techniques with business professional. They are given written feedback which is used to identify further advice and guidance required.
- Students with the potential to enter higher education are mentored through the Aspire to HE project, a partnership funded through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and led by The University of Wolverhampton.
Students participate in The Sutton Trust Summer Schools Programme.