Academic Progression at GCS
Gladesmore Community School is keen to support its pupils to make informed choices about their future. Our progressive and developmental Careers education programme provides information and support for pupils throughout their career, however, we recognise that at key points, pupils will need further guidance.
Pathways in Year 11
Gladesmore Community School is an 11-16 school and so all our pupils have to leave us to continue their education. We know that that this can be a daunting transition for some students and so, over many years, we have a developed a comprehensive transition package to support pupils to make this transition.
All Year 10 and Year 11 pupils will benefit from:
- The Make Year 10 Count initiative which aims to prepare students for college application and future choices using a combination of special events, PSHE lessons, assemblies and individual discussions
- A trip to a local Sixth-Form college for all Year 10 students to give them a taster of post-16 education
- An organised programme of presentations from different post-16 providers introducing students to a wide variety of different types of provision
- A Pathways Day where pupils are supported to complete their applications
- Guidance about interviews
In addition, we recognise that some pupils may want or need additional support from our school Careers lead or other members of staff. Targeted events will be held for these pupils.
Pathways in Year 9
At the end of Year 9, pupils and parents are asked to make a guided choice regarding their GCSE subjects. In preparation for this important decision, pupils will all receive:
- A series of Pathways preparation lessons encouraging them to reflect on their future plans and the factors which ought to be influencing their decisions
- A series of extended assemblies where different subjects describe their KS4 Curriculum offer
- A comprehensive booklet which outlines the curriculum offer and the types of skills which students will need to be successful in these subjects
- A Parents’ evening where pupils can discuss their ideas and receive input from teachers
- An individual interview with a senior member of staff to ensure that pupils fully understand what they are choosing
- Following the allocation of subjects and the timetable design, a Pathways Day where pupils and parents meet with the form tutor to discuss the individual KS4 subject choices and, in exceptional circumstances, refine the package.