We and are delighted that 100 per cent of our children either go on to further education or into employment. From Year 8, an independent careers advisor will start encouraging our students to think about the future. We have exceptionally good links with the local colleges and businesses in the area – many of whom come to talk to the children. We also take our pupils to open days so they can get a sense of what college life is like. In Year 10 and 11 all students also participate a work experience placement that is relevant to their interests and ambitions.
Managing the Transition
The freedom and choice that comes with college life can be daunting for many of our students, so we help them to make the transition. When they reach Year 10, students start attending lessons at the Melton Learning Hub in Melton Mowbray, which gives them a taster of college life. Initially, we provide transport for the children, but over time, we help them to get there by themselves on the train. Many colleges also give our students the option of staggering their entry, by gradually increasing their attendance as they gain confidence.
Through our life skills classes, students learn the skills they’ll need to live independently, such as budgeting, cooking, navigating public transport and taking care of themselves and their home. Whilst most of us take these small tasks for granted, they can be huge barriers for many of our students, so we make it a priority to help them become independent, self-sufficient young adults who can make good decisions about their future.
Life isn’t just about work, so we encourage our children to develop broader skills and interests that build their self-esteem and help them to engage with society. Our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and St John’s Ambulance qualifications are popular options that help our children to flourish and develop skills and capabilities they didn’t even realise they had.