KS4 Post-16 Information

KS4 Post-16 Information

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing at the start of this academic year to provide you with some information regarding the school’s careers provision and the support and guidance that will be available to your son/daughter in Year 11.

As part of the school’s provision students have access to careers advice and support through the school’s partnership with the Connexions service. Students receive an individual interview from a Connexions advisor where they will have the opportunity to discuss and plan for further study and careers. In most cases students will receive this interview during Key Stage 4, however in particular circumstances this interview may take place lower down the school if it is beneficial for the student. In individual cases further interviews are required and all students are also provided with opportunities to request earlier/additional interviews.  The school also works collaboratively with the Connexions service to provide valuable focussed careers sessions on topics ranging from apprenticeship awareness to student finance.

Students are also involved in a designated Careers Week every year (from Year 8) as they move up through the school. The focus of the week is specific to each year group and is appropriate to their age e.g. ‘College Application’s week for Y11. Information is also provided to students through Immersion days, external visits, assemblies, form notices, careers posters and the VLE. Within this particular aspect of the school’s careers provision students have access to ‘Cascaid’ This is an online career package that allows students to explore further and higher education, career options and subject requirements. This supports students in making informed decisions at every stage of their progression through school. Access to Cascaid is also available to students at home and instructions are provided on the school VLE along with further careers information, such as links to useful websites and contacts like the National Careers Service. Students also have access to a personal Careers Record. In this record students keep notes and useful information together as they progress through the school.

Further careers support and guidance is provided through the Careers, Well-Being and Life Issues (CWL) programme that forms part of the school curriculum. Throughout both key stages students explore a variety of topics with designated elements of the programme being focussed specifically on careers. This focus is through the content that these topics cover, such as writing a CV and through the development of valuable, transferrable careers skills. Immersion Day activities also support this programme as do College visits and guest speakers.

As parents/carers you can support your son/daughter by using the VLE links and resources to help them explore further education and careers at home. Taking your son/daughter to College open days at Key Stage 4 is also valuable as is using the National Careers Service to investigate options and gather useful information. As further support a post 16 options booklet is also provided with this letter. The booklet contains information on pathways, entry requirements, deadlines and application tips. A Year 11 Post 16 support session for students and parents has also been organised for 26th September (6:00 – 7:00pm). Staff and a Connexions advisor will be available to answer questions and offer support with post 16 applications. The session will be a drop in session so please arrive at a time that is convenient for you. Attendance at the session is not a requirement . In addition support is also available throughout the academic year by contacting the school (phone, email, visit).

Please note that the drop in session will be the same time as the Y10 GCSE evening. The Y10 GCSE evening will be in the Hall and the Y11 Post 16 drop in session will be in Room 19.

Please can you indicate whether you would like to attend the drop in session by completing the reply slip below and returning it via you son/daughter to the Main Office at school.

Kind Regards

Mr A. Rashud

Post 16 Evening Booklet
Your vote counts in the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

Your vote counts in the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

We have been successful in applying for the Tesco Bags for Help Scheme. We have applied for the project to enhance the front of school (i.e. the trees/plants along the side of the car park on Laurel Street and around the stones at the front, which will become Memorial Stones). We are up against 2 other projects but ask that you ask any family/friends to shop at Ramsbottom Tesco as well as yourselves and vote for us. Thankyou.

Pupils say GCSE results are a ‘sign of strength’ after losing Olivia

Pupils say GCSE results are a ‘sign of strength’ after losing Olivia

THE Head Boy and Girl at Tottington High School have spoken of their pride at seeing the results of their fellow pupils in their GCSE’s after a turbulent few months for all involved with the school.

At the time that many pupils were revising hard for their GCSE’s in May, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, who attended the school, was killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Thomas Sanderson and Tahlia Greenhalgh, both aged 16 and friends with Olivia, said that the results that people achieved in their exams is a sign of everyone’s togetherness.

Tahlia, from Radcliffe, who achieved two A*s, three As and a 9 in English language, said: “After what happened with Olivia it seemed to make us all stronger and brought us all together.

“We had a Physics exam the day that she died and it could have gone either way with many of us but I think for a lot of us, it took the pressure off and I think that has showed in the results that people have got today.

“We had all been frantically revising and worrying about our exams, but when Olivia passed away it put everything into perspective and made us realise that there is more to life than what it says on a piece of paper.”

Thomas, from Ainsworth, who was awarded 6 A* grades, 3 As and a 9 in maths, said: “The same day that we had a vigil for Olivia in the school hall, lots of us had an important exam but I think we were all spurred on to do well for her and not let it all affect us.

“As the Head Boy I am really proud of my fellow pupils this year for all pulling through.

“Too often, people our age get a bad reputation but the way that we were all there for each other and the way that our school has become stronger has showed that is not always the case.”

Original story from Bury Times, 24th August, written by Duncan Robinson

Pupil in illustrious company after top GCSE results

Pupil in illustrious company after top GCSE results

A pupil at Tottington High School is rejoicing after her GCSE results placed her in prestigious company.

Halle Preston, aged 16, from Radcliffe, was the top achiever in her school as she was awarded Grade 9 in English language, English literature and the mathematics.

It is thought that gaining three 9s means she is one of approximately 2,000 others to have achieved the feat nationwide.

Halle will now go to Holy Cross College after also receiving five A*s and one A.

She said: “I did a lot better than expected to be honest. I knew that I would do well in English but not in my other subjects.

“I just put it down to lots of hard work and dedication. I think that I was more emotional than my parents when I saw what I had got. I was crying my eyes out!”

Halle is now eyeing a possible career as an author and is currently in the process of writing a sci-fi book, which she is planning to illustrate herself.

“The dream is to become and author in the future but we will see what happens, I want to keep my options open.”

Halle will take up English literature and psychology at college, and thinks that she will also study biology.

She added: “Tottington High is such a great school and I am going to really miss everyone. All of the teachers here are just brilliant.”


Original story from Bury Times, 24th August, written by Duncan Robinson

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