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Year 10s visit colleges for Post-16 Week

Here at Chapel High we are passionate about preparing our students for their next steps when they leave school. We organise and facilitate a wide range of careers activities, workshops and trips throughout students’ time at high school to give them as many opportunities as possible to find out about what is available at post-16.

Our ‘Post-16 Experiences’ for Year 10s this term began in June when we took groups of students out to visit colleges. At Macclesfield College students took part in two taster sessions where they met the subject tutors, toured the facilities and sampled college-style lessons. This experience gave them a great insight into the range of vocational courses on offer at the college and what it might be like to study at this level. They took part in interactive activities and enjoyed taster sessions in a selection of subject areas, including Catering where students made a summer pudding, Childcare where they planned activities for pre-school children and Motor Vehicle where they learned to test tyre pressure and depth. Other subjects selected included Public Services, Music, Construction, Engineering and Animal Care.

Students visiting Stockport College chose from a wide range of vocational areas and took part in taster sessions for subjects including Visual Arts, Carpentry, Hairdressing, Business and Trade Areas.

They enjoyed taking part in activities such as film editing, hair styling, bricklaying and print-making, giving them a good understanding of what college life might be like and the opportunity to explore the facilities on offer.

Last week we also took the whole of Year 10 on a trip to Marple College where they chose three subjects to explore. Taster activities included recording scores and times at different exercise stations in Sport, using new technology in Computing & IT and learning about the course routes and careers available in Art. Other taster lessons included History, Business, Law & Criminology, Psychology & Sociology and Drama. These experiences have helped students to understand the different types of courses on offer and which subject areas they might like to study at post-16. They also learnt about the benefits of going to college, where this could take them in the future and what is expected of them at this level.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all three colleges for arranging these taster events. They were a great success and have been hugely beneficial to our students as part of their decision- making process for post-16.

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