Support for transition and the induction of students

At Archbishop Holgate's School we believe in supporting our students in making the move from Year 11 to Sixth Form.  We cater for the needs of each individual, however below is a summary of the support offered to students moving:

  • From Year 11 who currently study at Archbishop Holgate's School
  • From Year 11 who currently study at a different school
  • From Year 11 onto the WorkSkills course

Transition & induction arrangements for Year 11 students currently studying at Archbishop Holgate's School

Deciding on your next steps after Year 11 can be an incredibly difficult decision to make. To help support you in making your decision we offer an Information, Advice and Guidance Programme (IAG) that starts in Year 10. Key events and opportunities are as follows:

  • Careers advice available for all students in Year 10 and 11.
  • An ‘introduction to Sixth Form talk’ to Year 10 parents and students. This event takes place in the second half of the summer term. This evening is intended to help both parents and pupils develop a full understanding of the courses and other opportunities that we offer.
  • Informal discussions with Sixth Form support team to answer any queries from student assemblies.
  • Sixth Form ‘Information, Advice and Guidance day’ for Year 11 students provides opportunity for students to ‘taster’ different subjects at Post-16 and find out further information regarding these courses.
  • Post-16 Open Evening for Year 11 students allows parents and prospective students opportunity to: see the facilities, meet staff and students as well as having any questions answered.
  • Assistance with Sixth Form application forms from the Sixth Form Team throughout the application process.
  • One-to-One ‘pathway’ meetings with the Sixth Form Team to discuss and explore option choices.
  • Sixth Form presence at Year 11 Parents’ Evening to offer guidance and support.
  • GCSE Results Day intensive support for students including follow up meetings after the day to ensure correct course combinations.
  • An Induction Day on the first day of term to settle students and explain expectations.
  • A ‘team building’ trip within the first three weeks of the new academic year to allow new students to settle in.
  • Cheese and wine evening for Year 12 parents offered in partnership with the Year 7 parents in the first autumn term.

Transition and induction arrangements for Year 11 students currently studying at a different school

Whilst your current school will offer you support and advice regarding your next steps, we are also keen to take part in the process. Key events and opportunities to offer guidance are as follows:

  • Our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday the 8th of November 2017. During this evening you can meet all of the members of the Sixth Form Team, subject staff, form tutors and current students as well as hearing key information. There will be opportunity to have an informal conversation about possible subject combinations and any other questions answered.
  • There are two 'taster days' in January 2018 when you can come to visit us, either on Tuesday the 16th or Thursday the 18th. During the day you will engage in actual sixth form lessons with Year 12 students, take part in our Sixth Form Tutor Programme, meet subject staff and the student leaders over lunch before having an individual meeting with a member of the Sixth Form Team to discuss your course combinations. However, make sure you book your place on the days in advance by downloading the 'taster day application' and sending it into us.
  • One-to-One ‘pathway’ meetings with the Sixth Form Team to discuss and explore option choices.
  • GCSE Results Day intensive support for students including follow up meetings after the day to ensure correct course combinations.
  • An Induction Day on first day of term to settle students and explain expectations.
  • An Induction to Chaplaincy session for external students new to our school community.
  • A ‘team building’ trip within the first three weeks of the new academic year to allow new students to settle in.
  • Cheese and wine evening for Year 12 parents offered in partnership with the Year 7 parents in the first autumn term.

Further transition arrangements for students keen to study the WorkSkills Programme

We have a personalised WorkSkills Programme including a vocational dimension to supplement and extend the world of work into the wider curriculum.  Our WorkSkills Programme offers hands-on experience to those unlikely to succeed in National Curriculum studies.

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Transition from Year 11 into Year 12

The Head of WorkSkills builds relationships very early on in Year 11 to aid a smooth transition into Year 12. This is done by liaising with schools and SENCO’s, where appropriate to fully understand the needs of each individual. Students will attend our Taster Days and the Induction Day as well as attending the Sixth Form for further familiarisation and transition work. The Work Placement Coordinators will discuss work place options, organise placements and take students along to their interviews.

Work Placements

Students will attend one work placement two days a week or alternatively they may opt to have two placements over the two days out. The Work Placement Coordinators carry out daily checks for safeguarding to ensure students have arrived safely at their placement. This also allows us to communicate regularly with the work placements to identify any issues. Students also receive a termly visit to their placement, which allows us to highlight successes and put in place targets for development.

Progression

The Head of WorkSkills and our Connexions Adviser work closely with individual students who are progressing into work, apprenticeships or further study to ensure that each student has a clear progression route. This is regardless whether the students stays with us for one or two years. Guided lesson time is set aside to give students the opportunity to take a pro-active approach in researching their possible future prospects. Each student is provided with specific individual support to ensure a successful onward transition.

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