Post-16 Events, Opportunities & Links
Dorothy Stringer School post-16 progression programme.
During the first term of Year 11 a significant amount of Form Time and PSHE lessons will be dedicated to introducing students to the variety of courses and colleges available next year. They will find out about NVQs, A’ Levels, The International Baccalaureate Programme, T-Levels, BTEC and Apprenticeships. They will watch a wide selection of promotional videos provided by Post-16 establishments and discuss the pros and cons of each establishment in regard to your aspirations.
College and university prospectuses can be viewed, borrowed or collected from the school library. (If students are thinking about going to university, it is important they look ahead to university entrance requirements while thinking about what qualifications and subjects to study next year.)
What Next Sussex: Online information event - 7th October
This is a free large-scale virtual event showcasing options available for learners from across East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and West Sussex. During this online event students and parents can ask questions to representatives from further and higher education providers, sixth-form colleges, schools, training providers and the world of work. You can enjoy videos and interactive content that will help you navigate the pathways available to you after Year 11. This year we are happy that all our Y11 students should be able to attend the afternoon of online activities because we are expecting the school to close early on this day in preparation for Open Evening. This event will provide a really important Q&A opportunity for our students. Please register your interest now: https://www.getcareerconfident.co.uk/what-next-sussex.
Post-16 Progression Evening: 14th October
We are currently planning to invite members of staff from many Post-16 establishments into our school for an informal evening in which parents/carers and their Year 11 children can circulate between information ‘stalls’ to ask questions about the different options available to their Year 11 children. This event will be preceded with an information video from members of our careers team, which will provide you with important information about Post-16 choices. This video will be pre-recorded for you to watch at your own convenience, but will provide information which might be useful for you to know before attending this event. (Note, this event may be moved online subject to COVID-19 guidelines.)
It is our aim that all students should have access to a 1:1 appointment with our independent careers advisor, Amanda Carroll. Ms Carroll will continue to offer Year 11 student appointments throughout the Autumn and Spring term. We strongly recommend that students attend these appointments when invited. Students who wish to be seen as a priority, before their college application/interview, should email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into the library on a Monday or Friday lunchtime to book an appointment.
College Open Events (in first event date order)
Please note, we do not have any control of these dates, which may change. I strongly recommend that you check the websites for the colleges you are hoping to visit. Many of these events require online booking or registration in advance. Questions about these events should be sent to the college.
Open Day - 25th September
International Baccalaureate Information Evening - 14th October*
Open Evenings - 19 & 20 October
Y11 Taster Day – To be confirmed
* Parents/Carers wishing to attend our Post-16 Evening AND the Varndean College IB Evening on 14th October, will not be disappointed. Our Post-16 Evening will run between 5.00-7.30pm and the Varndean evening runs from 6.30-7.45pm
Additional Sources of Information
We are pleased to work closely with Get Careers Confident, a Sussex based organisation, who have posted a range of on-line resources to support young people and parents with post-16 options. Information can be found on their website at: (Navigate to the parent or student pages via the drop down menu at the top left of their homepage.)
Free careers information and advice online or by telephone
Entry requirements and exploration tools for university courses.
The Russell Group represent 24 of the most competitive universities in the UK and this report offers some guidance with regard to making choices at 16 and 18 and the impact on higher education choices.
A free, online guide to higher education and planning produced by Which? Magazine.
Recommended for the Job Profiles section (under Careers Advice). This government-funded service also offers a free, telephone and online-based careers advice service which is available to young people (13+) and adults.
Excellent online source of careers inspiration where real people talk about their careers. Supported by useful articles, a Subject Wizard and the Buzz quiz.
Plotr has useful information about careers and industries. It offers a psychometric test which can help young people match their current interests to the world of work.
BEACH was developed in partnership with local schools to provide information about employment and job search skills. It features advice and contributions from local employers and industries.
The national careers guide for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) students, graduates and jobseekers.
The National Citizen Service is a government funded, volunteering and personal development scheme for 15-17 year olds.
The UK's national volunteering database.