Beyond Saint Aidan's
An important part of our job, at Saint Aidan’s, is prepare students for their future life after school. Ensuring that they know all the routes and pathways into further or higher education, employment opportunities and training is an integral part of what we do. In 2010 almost all our students went on to college, sixth form, or into employment or training.
In the March of Year 9 students make choices for the subjects they will study at GCSE and as part of the decision process they have the opportunity to attend the yearly Careers Convention in November. In addition to this we also look for other ways to gain information and insights into the wider world, one such opportunity is attending the EXPO event run by Lancashire Education Business Partnership is working in conjunction with Fylde and Wyre Schools. This is supported by a series of lessons students complete as part of the Citizenship curriculum.
At the beginning of the year students and parents of Year 10 are invited to a Transition Evening. This information packed event seeks to inform all of the challenges of starting key stage 4 studies and give them an indication of expectations of for the next two years. During that evening students are also encouraged to think about their long term plans. Year 10 students are also invited to attend the annual Careers Convention in November.
Saint Aidan’s offers Year 10 students a period of Work Experience. The importance of undertaking a period of work experience as a student is growing year-on-year particularly with the competition for University places and jobs. Employers increasingly want to recruit graduates who have some knowledge of the working world and this is something that students are becoming more aware of. A period of work experience can offer the following:
- Opportunity to put theory learning into practice.
- Opportunity to consider career options.
- Opportunity to find out what you like or do not like doing.
- Opportunity to get some practical experience or start to develop 'employability' skills.
To assist students in making the best decisions for their career after Saint Aidan’s students receive a great deal of support in Year 11. As well as Citizenship lessons structured to get students think about long term goals and aspirations and attending the Careers Convention, students have access to many of the local feeder institutions who deliver assemblies and organise drop in sessions. During the course of the Year 11 each student will receive a “one to one” appointment from the Young People’s Service advisor (this may be as well one they have received in Year 10).
We have strong links with the following institutions:
- Blackpool Sixth Form College
- Blackpool and the Fylde College
- Myerscough College
- St Mary’s 6th Form
- Baines 6th Form
- Lancaster and Morecambe College
- Preston College
We also have links with Lancaster and Edge Hill Universities.