Last week WG6 hosted their annual Induction Days. Over 400 students attended the 2 day induction where they got a taste of a form time activity, met fellow students and chatted to tutors. Students could chose 4 subjects that they wished to study at WG6 in September and had the opportunity to attend taster sessions in all of these subjects and meet their prospective teachers. The students (and teachers!)had the chance to enjoy the sunshine socialise over drinks and doughnuts last Friday afternoon. Our new prefect team were an asset to WG6 as they helped to organise the day and assisted the prospective students in finding their way around. It was a fantastic day with an excellent turnout. We hope to see many of the students here again in September.
16+ Travel Card
Application forms for the above are available at: http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/travelling-around-kent/bus-travel/bus-passes/16-travel-card
Once you have download the form, complete it and bring it into school with an up to date passport sized photo, and payment to the 6th form office (make sure this is the site that dealt with your WG6 application).
The total cost for a pass from September is £400.00.
If students do not wish to pay in full then they can pay 50% – £200.00 on application and then the remaining by instalments of £28.50 x 6 and an initial instalment of £29.00 in September.
Standing order forms to be obtained by 6th from office, completed and handed in with application form.
This service offers impartial advice and support to parents with children with SEN. KPPS aim to empower parents and families of children with SEN to be confident to take an active an informed role in their child’s education and development.
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The document below has a list of free university taster courses which still have places available at Universities in and around London.
Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis for the majority of the taster courses so please ask your students to apply as soon as possible by following the relevant link below or via the website www.london.ac.uk/tasters
The rise of apprenticeships
The Telegraph has reported on new figures, released by the National Apprenticeship Service, revealing that the number of teenagers opting to do an apprenticeship has reached a record high. And the statistics suggest that females are the reason for this increase in demand.
In 2013, between August and October, a total of 461,530 teenagers applied for on-the-job training compared to 263,072 in 2012. Females accounted for 216,100 of those applications, an increase of 55% on the previous year.
This rise in demand for on-the-job training has resulted in an average of 12 applicants for every 1 apprenticeship vacancy – making a once unpopular career path choice now very competitive. In some market sectors such as education (classroom assistant, for example) an average of 27 applications are received for every 1 vacancy.
But yet there are also reports that despite the high demand and obvious advantages of being an apprentice some still shun that career path. Some teenagers are still being told they are “too clever” to choose vocational further education.
Chief executive of Edge, Jan Hodges argues: “The stigma attached to vocational learning is old-fashioned and unjust.”
As you will see from the link above there is also the question of cost – a young person on vocational learning who is undertaking an apprenticeship will be paid. Maybe not much, but they will be paid, rather than be running up the debts associated with university study. You have to decide what’s right for you.
The Careers Convention – Reece Cranston, Tom Newcomb and Sam Verrier
On the 30th January WG6 hosted a careers convention at the Girl’s site. Many Universities and colleges were present to give students information about courses and entry requirements. We also had people from the Army and organisations such as KATO here to give students information for students who are not looking to going to University and would prefer another option such as an Apprenticeship. Talks were also given by these organisations to students who were enthusiastic to learn more about a specific area. Overall the day was very successful as students who made the most of it learnt more about possible options for their future and how these can be achieved.
Some of your favourite talks were:
- Applying for Uni
- Taking a gap year
- A career in the RAF
Oxford and Cambridge University Trips – Reece Cranston, Tom Newcomb and Sam Verrier
In the last month, the Aspire students went on two separate trips to the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. In Cambridge they walked around Queens’ College and on the Oxford visit they went to around St Hughes College. At both Colleges they had the opportunity to speak to students about the entry requirements and the activities that take place there. After this they were given the opportunity to explore both sites.