ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
Students are assigned to a tutor who they see every morning. Attendance at the twenty minute tutorial is an essential first base where students receive information and help with organisation of their work. Tutors will contact parents and are the first point of contact for parents with any concerns about progress or welfare.
Tutors have an excellent knowledge of their students and can advise on interviews for employment, university applications, career choices, learning decisions, as well as monitoring welfare and learning.
HIGHER EDUCATION GUIDANCE COMPRISES:
- Regular assemblies and tutorials on Higher Education
- Visits to Plymouth University, a number of University Open Day’s and an exhibition and seminars with staff from most UK universities.
- The Next Steps Day comprising a number of relevant seminars and an exhibition of local and National employers and Apprenticeship providers
- A parents evening with Student Finance England and the Widening participation Officer from a leading university
- Visits to the Academy from the Widening Participation officer of several universities
- Careers Library research through websites and HE guides
- A tutorial based system of detailed Statement and Reference building to support the UCAS process. Universities have commented very positively on the usefulness of these references when placing applicants on an HE course
EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE COMPRISES:
- Extra time to research local vacancies.
- Visiting speakers on Modern Apprenticeships
- Regular vacancy information from Careers South West.
- Pathways to national organisations recruiting post 16 students
- Work experience tasters
- Visits from Job Centre Plus advisers
We pride ourselves on the concept of the Academy as a supportive community. Whatever their ability we provide appropriate help for students learning, for example support from a classroom assistant, extra work experience, small group work with a specialist teacher, Special Needs support combined with extra time or assistance in exams.
We realise that not all students find the transition to self directed learning easy and support for study skills and personal organisation is provided through all departments and the tutorial system. The Head of Sixth Form regularly monitors progress and has a range of strategies to ensure that students make the very best of their potential.
Student welfare is equally important and tutors are just one branch of our pastoral network which comprises the Head of Sixth Form, the Pastoral Co-ordinator, Nurse, Youth Workers, Counsellors, and access to other agencies. They ensure that students are well advised and flourish in a well-protected atmosphere of equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion.