A copy of our Provider Access Policy (Baker Clause) can be downloaded from the link below:
What support is offered to my son/ daughter in Year 11?
A: All students are invited to either individual or group careers appointments throughout Year 11 by our fully qualified, experienced Careers Adviser, Clare Haigh. This support continues over the academic year as well as the summer months until students are settled. The appointments allow students to discuss their ideas, career plans, their personal skills and qualities and make plans for the future. Students will be given advice and guidance as to appropriate applications for colleges and Sixth Forms and apprenticeships. Drop- in sessions are available throughout the year for any queries or extra help with applications. Students will be informed of any deadlines for Colleges and Sixth Forms and support is offered with CV’s, covering letters and applying to training providers for apprenticeships.
How will my son/ daughter be applying for Post-16 Options?
A: All students at Thornhill Community academy will be applying for College, Sixth Form and some training providers online through a website called www.ucasprogress.com All local colleges and most training providers accept UCAS Progress applications as the preferred method for applying. (If your son/daughter would like to apply for a college out of area please check with the careers team regarding the most appropriate way to do this). From the beginning of the Autumn term onwards, students will be supported in their applications. Students will be issued with a username and password to access the site which will be recorded in their planners. All applications will be checked by the careers team before they are received by Colleges.
Does it matter when my son/ daughter applies?
A: Yes. There are specific deadlines for Colleges and Sixth Forms, starting after Christmas. We continuously remind students of these closing dates and help students to apply. We ensure that all students apply well in advance of closing dates. Closing dates will be posted on the school website and are in ‘Get Organised’ booklets already issued to Year 11. To ensure we meet all closing dates our TCA deadline for all ucasprogress.com applications is Friday 19th January. (Please note-St John Fisher Sixth form has an earlier deadline of 15th January).
What if my son/ daughter doesn’t want to go to college or Sixth Form?
A: During the careers interview we will discuss with you son/ daughter the various options such as apprenticeships, traineeships, College and Sixth Form. Although applications to training providers for apprenticeships can be made through UCAS Progress, an offer of a place does not guarantee an apprenticeship. The most important part of an apprenticeship is to gain employment and usually the young person is responsible for securing this. Targeted support will be provided from the Careers Adviser for those seeking apprenticeships in the Spring Term. We suggest everyone wanting to go straight into work also has a ‘back up’ college application in place.
How can I, as a parent/ guardian help my son/ daughter in Year 11?
A: Students will be expected to attend open evenings for the Colleges and Sixth Forms they are interested in. The details of this will be in a booklet called ‘Get Organised’ which has been given to your son/ daughter in the Autumn term. The booklet contains information about all the post-16 qualifications available, where qualifications are offered, open evenings and information about apprenticeships. Please take some time to look at the GO booklet with your son/daughter and familiarise yourselves with what is available. Parents are most welcome to discuss the career planning of their son/daughter and arrangements can be made for parents to attend careers appointments.
What are colleges and sixth forms looking for?
A: All students will have a reference from the school which will include their attendance, time-keeping, behaviour and attitude towards learning. All post-16 providers will take this into account. For example Huddersfield New College expect 95% attendance throughout Year 11. They are also interested to find out about any extra responsibilities such as being a Prefect, sporting achievements, hobbies and voluntary work or work experience.
Different levels of courses are offered. Level 3 courses (and university in the future) require at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 5-6 or above, including Maths and English minimum Grade 5. Students can then either pick three A level subjects or one full time Level 3 course eg Level 3 BTEC ICT. They can also ‘mix and match’ courses eg one A level and one vocational course. Level 1 and 2 courses are usually one full time course and Maths /English resit. We use December predicted GCSE grades to determine the level of course.
Some Colleges will interview within school. In previous years Mirfield Free Grammar, Heckmondwike Grammar and Huddersfield New College have held interviews in school. Students will be made aware of these dates.
To ensure our students are fully prepared for their interviews they will be given a ROA (Record of Achievement) folder to keep attendance records, grades and certificates. All Year 11 will also have a 20 minute practice Mock Interview with a local employer on Thursday 25th January. On this day students will be allowed to ‘dress for interview’ in smart business clothing if they wish.
Y11 Careers Countdown Dates
October – December
‘One to one’ or group Careers Appointments for all students with our fully qualified, experienced Careers Adviser employed by C+K Careers, Clare Haigh.
All students are supported throughout the term to complete information online in the first stage of their applications
All students receive a copy of ‘Get Organised’, a booklet designed to inform students and parents about opportunities regarding Colleges, 6th Forms, Apprenticeships and Training.
Open evenings – Colleges, Sixth Forms and some training providers start at the end of October. Open evenings are for parents/carers and students to visit to have a look around and ask questions. Dates are on the school website/back of the Get Organised booklet.
John Smith Stadium Careers Event – A Careers event for parents/ carers and young people with local training providers, employers, colleges and sixth forms.
Thornhill Careers Fair- An event held after school on 16th November from 5pm- 6.30pm for parents/ carers and students from Y9-Y11 to visit. The event will have local colleges, sixth forms, training providers for apprenticeships and local employers.
January - March
The Careers adviser and school staff support students in their applications from mid January. There will also be weekly reminders of deadlines through Tutors in Study Skills.
Apprenticeship workshops and one to one interviews to support with applications for training providers, creating CV’s and cover letters as well as hints and tips on how to job search.
Open evenings for Colleges and Sixth Forms continue.
Follow up interviews from the Careers Team.
Mock Interviews Thursday 25th January. Real interviews start for Colleges and Sixth Forms. Heckmondwike Grammar, Ossett Academy, Mirfield Free Grammar and Huddersfield New College all interview in school. Students will be informed of these dates closer to the time. All other colleges and sixth forms will expect the student to attend their interview at their learning establishment.
April – July
Interviews for Colleges and Sixth Forms and training providers continue.
Support from the Careers Adviser for students who haven’t applied or need extra help with transition.
Continued support from the Careers Adviser to help with those seeking apprenticeships.
Goodbye Good Luck letters given to all students with the Careers contact details.
School leaver drop in 10 – 5 Monday – Friday at Dewsbury Careers Centre at the back of Dewsbury Library (Address in Get Organised)
Follow up call to students to check if they need any help.
August – September
The Careers Adviser continues to see students who need extra support with next steps.
School leaver drop in at 10am -5pm at Dewsbury Careers Centre at the back of Dewsbury Library (Address in Get Organised)
Attendance at the GCSE results day in school.
Follow up calls to students to check if they need any help.
Please see the TCA website for further careers advice. Alternatively please contact Clare Haigh (CK Careers Advisor) email@example.com or Linda Garside at school, if you would like to discuss anything further regarding your child’s future career plans.
The school website also includes a list of Sixth Form and College Open Evening dates and a list of Sixth Form and College closing dates for applications.