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Year 11 - Preparing for the Future

Year 11 Post 16 options – preparing for the future

On Thursday 7 November Year 11 students from The Deepings School took part in a number of activities to learn more about their choices at the end of the academic year.

During the morning students visited an in-house ‘careers fair’ where there were opportunities to discuss progression routes and career aims with representatives from over 25 organisations including leisure and travel industries, armed forces, digital and creative, financial, hospitality and catering, STEM-related and agriculture sectors, universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers.

We were also very pleased to welcome back some of our alumni who are now working in a range of exciting career sectors.

The National Citizen Service team delivered a superb presentation, highlighting this fantastic DfE subsidised opportunity for students, which will enable them to develop their skills and work within the local community over the summer break next year.  In addition, the National Apprenticeship Service relayed information about the different levels of apprenticeships and there was a workshop on the innovative careers programme KUDOS. The Head of Sixth Form also talked about remaining in a Sixth Form and Abi from the Leicestershire University outreach team spoke to students about post 16 options in general. A comprehensive morning of activities to ensure all students discovered more about every pathway available to them.

Caterpillar/Perkins staff said: “Lovely students who showed lots of interest in our apprenticeships and we hope some of these become future members of our staff”

Representatives from the Bakkavor said “The event was very well organised and very worthwhile”.

BGL staff commented: “We enjoyed the event and it’s an excellent opportunity for students to understand the opportunities available to them. We look forward to working with the school in the future”

One year 11 student remarked “I found everything really interesting, but especially the careers fair – there were so many different companies and I was able to pick up lots of useful information”

Mrs Taylor, Careers Lead at the school said:  “We would like to thank all the organisations who arranged activities and gave up their time to provide a good range of impartial and up-to-date information, advice and guidance. Our aim is to ensure that students can make informed decisions about the progression route that is right for them and highlight some excellent opportunities for developing skills that will help students develop into well-rounded citizens.

We also provided an overview of all the options, plus opportunities to speak with colleges and other external organisations at our post 16 parents’ information evening, which took place the same day and would like to thank our parents and carers for their continued support”