Bridgnorth Endowed School has opened its doors to a large number of local further education providers, to address its Year 11 students on all of the options available to them after their GCSEs.
A series of informative talks from post-16 providers is currently underway, offering students the best possible advice and guidance to fully prepare them to take those all-important next steps.
Visits from, among others, King Edward VI College in Stourbridge, Thomas Telford Sixth Form, Shrewsbury Colleges Group, and the colleges in Wolverhampton, Telford and Kidderminster, have been set up to help students make informed choices.
In the new year, they will also get the opportunity to visit many of the campuses and take part in activities and workshops, to find out what’s on offer first-hand.
Year 11 is arguably the most crucial school year, and students at Bridgnorth Endowed receive comprehensive and impartial guidance to help them start to make some big decisions about their futures and explore pathways that are right for them.
With so many possible routes, it can be a very confusing time for students and their decisions could have a major bearing on their futures.
With more than two-thirds of 16-year-olds choosing to go out-of-town for further education, the school has recently taken the decision to launch a consultation on the proposed closure of its sixth form.
This is seen as a positive step that will allow the school to offer a specialist 11-16 education together with exceptional, impartial advice and guidance on study, training and career choices, something Bridgnorth Endowed is already strongly committed to.
In fact, earlier this year, Ofsted praised the school for giving pupils “good advice and guidance on careers, and next steps in their education.”
The school’s Careers Lead, Mrs Mitchell, delivers a highly effective careers plan, which includes 1:1 advice sessions, visits to universities and careers fairs, and specialised workshops, particularly for apprenticeship opportunities.
Mrs Mitchell comments: “We put our students’ interests first and work hard to give them as much exposure to outside organisations and opportunities, starting in Year 7 and carrying on throughout their time here.”
“We are guided by the government’s new careers strategy, and continue to build a programme that offers a high-quality careers education to all of our students.”