Post 16 Choices
The step up from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 (Post16) is a significant one and it is really important that both you and your child fully understand what the options are. There are 3 pathways:
Pathway 1: Post16@Grange Park School (Wrotham)
Pathway 2: College Partnership: Post16@Mid-Kent (Medway or Maidstone) or Hadlow College
Pathway 3: Another educational provider or employment
Attending college opens up personal horizons and, with the support of Grange Park staff, pupils do well. For pupils not yet ready to access college, we do provide an interim course at the Wrotham Site.
In both pathways 1 and 2, the pupil remains a student at Grange Park for the duration of their study. All students continue to receive the same tailored support regardless of location.
Vocational qualifications at college usually take one or two years and suit students who want to learn more about a particular area of work or train for a particular industry. They combine classroom learning with research and practical activities. The majority of vocational qualifications are offered at colleges and are available at different levels. The entry requirements depend on the college, subject and level.
f any students do not achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths or English they will also be required to carry on studying these subjects at school, college or as an apprentice.
An apprenticeship combines working and earning money with training at a college to obtain qualifications. There are over 250 different types of apprenticeship available ranging from hairdressing to accountancy. At age 16, students can do an apprenticeship at Level 2 (Intermediate) or Level 3 (Advanced). An apprenticeship can lead on to a Higher Apprenticeship or a Degree-level Apprenticeship. There are also traineeships available that can then lead into an apprenticeship.
Students can find out more and search for apprenticeships on the government apprenticeships website.
Work experience week will give you an experience in the world of work and will help you to develop personal and social skills. It also helps to increase awareness of the opportunities available. The experience will help you to grow in confidence and understand what you need to do to achieve your goals.
In addition to other careers-related activities, you will have an individual careers meeting. This is an opportunity for students to discuss their plans and receive guidance and support. A plan of action is agreed during the meeting to help students understand the next steps that should be taken. Students in any year group are welcome to request a meeting if they would like support.
Please look at the main careers page for full list of activities. Click here.
The transition programme for support into Post16 will help you transition into your new provision and we ask that you take part in all the activities throughout hte year to help support your own journey into Post16. Click here.
Please also look at the career links section to help support. Click here.