Last week saw the start of Post 16 sessions with both Year 10 and 11 signing up to take part in tasters at Newcastle College. The taster sessions were:

· Health and Social
· Early Years
· Fashion
· Hair and Beauty
· Business Studies and Travel and Tourism
· A Level Psychology and Sociology
· A Level History and Politics
· A Level English Language and Literature
· A Level PE and Football

Staff accompanying our pupils commented on their explemplary behaviour and attitude to their next steps. Newcastle College also commented on their maturity; all groups left feeling well informed and confident in their choices.

On Thursday Evening, we then hosted our annual Careers and Revision evening with a wide range of colleges, companies and training providers in attendance. They were based around the school to offer advice and guidance to pupils (and their parents) on an individual basis. Some students were even introduced to different ideas and routes that they were previously unaware of, all through talking with the training advisors. Lots of students equally had the opportunity to personally speak with our careers advisor, Mark Stubbs, again to offer support and clarity to their individual needs.

Elsewhere, a number of staff were also based around the school offering essential workshops and presentations. Mrs Melvin and Miss Durrant hosted an English and Media workshop where parents were offered information on what their child will be examined on and pupils were given guidance on how to prepare for these exams. Mr Mackin led an insightful presentation based on ‘Life at University’ whilst Mr Kelsall and Miss Dunne were on hand in the Computing room to help support students applying for colleges and writing CVs.

Finally, in the library Miss Torr, Miss Edwards and Miss Felton, were present to assist with revision techniques and ideas along with planning useful revision timetables – a vital skill with the Year 11 mock exams fast approaching. They were also selling invaluable revision textbooks and workbooks for core subjects.

Overall, the evening was overwhelmingly positive, with great feedback from parents, students and the training providers alike. As staff, we really enjoy this event as we are able to see both students and parents become excited for post-16 life and the opportunities to come. Here’s to next year!

Colleges and companies who attended were:

· Equality Training
· Martec Training
· ADB Alarms
· Axia Solutions
· 3AAA
· PM Training
· Stoke on Trent College
· Reaseheath College
· South Cheshire College
· Stoke on Trent 6th Form College
· Jill Clewes Academy
· Keele University (Medical)
· Higher Horizons
· Newcastle Town FC
· Stoke City FC
· Staffordshire University
· Trinity 6th Form College
· Staffordshire Police Cadets
· Newcastle College
· Marks Stubbs (Entrust)

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