Key Stage 5
The Post-16 Department is our Key Stage 5 provision, and has been designed to support learners with their transition from traditional schooling, into further education, training or employment. We strive to improve each learner's self-esteem, confidence, academic ability, social skills and emotional wellbeing, by providing a personalised learning journey that is based on the learner's aspirations.
The aim of the Post-16 Department is to provide appropriate provision, with a view to developing the educational, social and employability skills of each learner.
- To deliver outstanding provision that is tailored to each learner's needs.
- To provide a wide range of appropriate vocational and educational opportunities.
- To develop & maintain excellent links with specific local and national employers.
- To develop & maintain excellent links with high performing FE colleges.
- To equip our learners with the appropriate skills to progress to further education, employment, or training.
Transition to Post-16
The transition period into Post-16 happens over a six-week period. The purpose of this transition is to prepare the learners for the start of their new academic year, & to help them identify appropriate topics for their timetable. During this time, the learners undertake a busy programme, which includes:
- A learning styles questionnaire – the results of which help us to plan lessons more effectively.
- BKSB Literacy & Numeracy assessments – these assessments provide us with accurate information on the levels the learners are working at. The results also highlight strengths, & areas for development in each subject, which allows us to develop personalised learning goals.
- College visits – a number of visits to local colleges is a key part to the transition. It helps the learners to find an appropriate course, & also an environment that they feel comfortable to develop their education.
- Work experience – the learners identify several work experience placements that they are interested in and we try to secure their preference with a view to developing key employability skills.
- Educational visits – the learners participate in several visits that are designed to develop group cohesion and to provide them with opportunities to experience new cultures.
Each learner has a timetable that is designed to meet their specific needs. Subjects taken in KS4 can be retaken if the desired grades were not achieved, and all subjects carry a valid currency; GCSE, functional skills, BTEC, City & Guilds, AQA etc. In line with the government's drive to improve literacy and numeracy skills, learners' must study maths and English unless they have achieved a C grade, or a recognised level two qualification in each respective subject.
Vocational options are provided on a daily basis, and they have been continually extended to meet our learners' needs. Our options currently include; CDT, construction, metalwork, vehicle maintenance, catering, public services, art, music, photography, ASDAN and ICT.
All Post-16 learners are encouraged to engage in a further education course at a suitable college. The three local colleges that we use are; New College Stamford, Brooksby Melton College and Peterborough Regional College. We can also arrange placements at colleges nearer to a learner's home, if the learner is not from the local area.
We feel that it is important for our learners to have some valuable time away from their academic timetables, to relax and develop team cohesion. Our enrichment activities include local walks, cycling, visits to Rutland water, local town visits, gym sessions, bowling and go-karting.
We believe that employability skills such as communication, working with others and problem solving, are important foundations for every learner. With this in mind, we encourage each learner to undertake a work experience placement, whether it be external, or internal (we have previously provided placements with our estates team, and in our vocational workshops).
Steve Nolan - Post-16 Coordinator
Steve has been in education since 2005 and comes from a further education background. He is responsible for the planning and development of the learners' timetables, and the day to day operation of the department. Steve is also one of the Post-16 class teachers. In his spare time, he enjoys walking in the mountains, spending time with family & friends, and competing in endurance sports such as triathlon.
Emily Smith - Post-16 Teaching Assistant
Emily has been in education since January 2014, and she has worked across all the key stages as a Teaching Assistant. Emily's role is to support the post 16 learners across the curriculum, and to provide educational and emotional support within the classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys Formula 1 motor racing, and spending time with family & friends.
Paul Rogers - Post-16 Instructor
Paul has been in education since September 2012, joining the Post-16 Department in June 2016 as a Post-16 instructor. He has been heavily involved with community based projects such as the redevelopment of Ashwell canal, and he is also the manager of our Duke of Edinburgh scheme. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and refereeing rugby union, and he is a keen campanologist.