Information, Advice and Guidance
We ensure that all of our students receive appropriate advice regarding their ‘next steps’ during their time at Plantsbrook School. We are fully committed to ensuring all of our students leave our school and sixth form with a place in higher education, employment or further training. Approximately 70% of our sixth formers apply to higher education and they are very well served by a comprehensive Information, Advice and Guidance programme throughout Key Stage 4 and 5.
All Year 12 students attend a Careers Week in July to begin the process of identifying an appropriate university course, apprenticeship or career path. Our Sixth Form Student Adviser interviews students individually about university and career choices and leads tutors in the completion of UCAS applications and academic references. All students are encouraged to attend university open days and all Year 12 students attend the Birmingham UCAS HE Exhibition at the NEC. A number of our most able students are encouraged to apply for Oxford and Cambridge and attend open days at those universities.
We also arrange for many outside speakers and alumni to come into sixth form assemblies throughout the year, to raise awareness of alternative pathways such as apprenticeship, gap year and employment opportunities.
Mrs Cook is our Sixth Form Student Adviser and is based in the LRC. She has a wide range of resources and works closely with employers and apprenticeship providers, as well as many of the HE establishments. She will be able to give you advice and guidance throughout your time in the Sixth Form on the following:
All students are entitled to careers interviews and throughout the year you will be offered a full programme ensuring that you have the advice you need to progress on to higher education, employment or further courses at college. A weekly Careers Bulletin will be displayed in Tutor Groups and on the school website detailing apprenticeship opportunities, University Masterclasses, university scholarship and bursary information, Gap Year opportunities, etc. This will also be displayed in the LRC on the Careers Notice Board.
A work experience programme is built into Year 12 which will enable you to gain valuable experience for your CV and UCAS application, as well as giving you the opportunity to experience life in the work place. We also offer a range of special events for students throughout the year preparing you for applying to university and for interviews. This includes a visit to a local university to experience university life and attendance at the Birmingham UCAS Higher Education Exhibition. We will also organise assemblies throughout the year with representatives from universities and other organisations to give you varied and valuable information regarding your Post-18 options. There is also an opportunity to attend the National Skills show at the NEC.