Autumn term: Year 11 focus
This is an important term for our Year 11 students. During this term, and with your support, your son and daughter will have been considering their options post-16. Dorothy Stringer has been hosting visits from local colleges to help inform their decisions. Although not all students wish to attend college Post 16, we expect all our Year 11 students to make an application to college; copies of applications should be handed in to the Nexus, by Friday 29 November 2019.
Those students seeking apprenticeships or work-based options should let our Careers Adviser know and they will be offered further support in the Spring Term. We would strongly recommend that these students apply to a college this term, giving them a back-up plan in the event that they are unable to find an employer.
Subject to meeting the entry requirements we encourage all students to apply, using the on-line Application Form, to one of the local Colleges; BHASVIC, MET College or Varndean College as they will receive an offer under the Local Offer scheme. Students are free, of course, to apply to other colleges in addition to this. Students should complete the form on the website of their first choice college. If students wish to apply to both Varndean and MET or BHASVIC and MET they should complete two applications, one at each establishment.
Careers Guidance Interviews
If your child is having difficulty deciding on their post-GCSE options, they can ask for an appointment with our independent Careers Adviser, Amanda Carroll. Amanda is in school every Monday during term-time. Students can explore post-16 options or career ideas, link subject choices to potential career pathways, or simply check they are keeping their future options open.
Students from all year groups are welcome to ask for an interview, but should be aware that Year 11 students are given priority during the autumn term. See or email Ms. Chadwick to book an appointment CDW@dororthy-stringer.co.uk.
Students can drop into L3 every Monday lunchtime.
KEY DATES: AUTUMN
Thursday 19 September 2019 - IAG Parents' Event. Parents and Carers invited to the school to find out more about post-16 choices, how and when to apply. Local colleges and training providers attend to provide additional advice.
Tuesday 14 January 2020 – Prepare Year 11 for GCSE evening.
Thursday 27 February 2020 - Year 11 Parents' evening, most local colleges will be in attendance, along with the careers adviser and the Head of PSHE.
Friday 29 November 2019 - Application deadline.
SEPTEMBER/NOVEMBER: College Talks in assembly and during PSHE lessons. Year 11 students have heard from local colleges about their current offer and the range of qualifications available to them.
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: College open days – all of the local colleges will have had open evenings/days before our college application deadline. Some offer further opportunities to visit in the spring term. A full list of dates is available on the Careers page of the SLG.
Coming in the SPRING TERM: Year 9 focus & SUMMER TERM; Year 10 focus
JANUARY/ FEBRUARY: Local training providers for apprenticeships will be invited to Dorothy Stringer for a further lunchtime session and will be available for students to explore this pathway.
Alternatively students can speak to a member of the PSHE department for any further information or queries, please email: Ms Chadwick, Head of PSHE at CDW@dorothy-stringer.co.uk
Amanda Carroll, Independent Careers Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 taster days to local colleges
Year 10 work experience
Year 9 option selection and option evening
Note to training and education providers
If you would like to attend one of our termly events, please contact the Careers Leader, Victoria Chadwick at email@example.com