From Year 9, pupils can join our vocational pathway, based at The Hive. This suits children who prefer hands-on learning, as they can engage with Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Construction, Hair & Beauty, and hospitality and catering.
They also study Maths and English, PSHE, PE, and other subjects, such as science, through the ASDAN Award. At Key Stage 4, pupils work towards Functional Skills or Entry Level qualifications in Maths and English, but can study for GCSEs in those subjects also. The majority of their timetable is spent working towards City and Guilds qualifications in practical subjects, with flexibility in the choice of which areas they want to specialize.
Pupils are encouraged and supported to undertake work experience placements, and may do a sustained placement, spending one day a week in a working environment. Not only is this key in helping them develop their practical skills, it is also paramount in supporting them to develop life skills in dealing with a wider variety of people, taking personal responsibility and understanding how to be part of a broader community.