The aim of Life Choices is to equip our students with the knowledge and understanding to make well informed decisions about their future, as well as providing them with a range of skills that they will need in order to face the challenges of independent living.
The programme, which is delivered in a 45 minute session each Wednesday morning, by our team of dedicated Sixth Form tutors, includes interactive tutor group sessions, guest speakers, educational visits, and inter-form competitions. The subject matter covered includes topics as diverse as UCAS, Apprenticeships, healthy eating, road safety, financial planning, relaxation techniques, Stress Management, GAP year opportunities and employment legislation.
In order to deliver the most up to date and effective workshops, a variety of external agencies are used to deliver sessions. We are delighted to be able to draw on the expertise of a number of universities, local employers, ex-students, charities and travel companies.
Our year starts with a Year 12 Induction Day in September, where our new students enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits at the Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre. This helps to develop key social and inter-personal skills, which are further nurtured through team building events later in the year. Each year in March, we include a visit to apprenticeship and UCAS exhibition in Manchester, and visits to local employers are also available. Our desire is to deliver a programme that is educational, fun and engaging throughout the year.
In year 13 there is a strong focus on completing personal statements and UCAS applications by mid November, whilst other students follow an “Employability Programme” designed and delivered in conjunction with the Careers Service and local employers. We aim to ensure that all students have the very best chance of securing the University place or Apprenticeship they want. Workshops on the interview process and how to budget for their future ensure that students are ready for the challenges beyond the Sixth Form.
ALTERNATIVE LEARNING WEEK
Falling in July, this week provides the ideal opportunity for our students to focus on their UCAS and apprenticeship applications. Under the personal guidance of tutors the application process begins in earnest with two days devoted to taking decisive steps towards a successful post 18 future.
During this week students are also encouraged to organise work experience, whilst the more adventurous will be completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. There is also a competitive and fun-filled team building event where one or two students may get wet! The week also includes important road safety workshops that are provided by the police and fire service.