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Parents: Post 16 and Careers

Moving on from Richard Lander School is a student journey which we do our very best to make as seamless as possible. This journey starts in Year 9, before students choose their options.

Students from Years 9, 10 and 11 are invited to our annual careers fair which usually happens in November and is held in school. Here students can see some of the many opportunities on offer to them through visiting trade stands provided by local further education colleges, businesses, apprenticeship providers and the Armed Services. The photographs above show the 2019 event. 

Throughout the academic year, Cornwall College and Truro College come into school to raise student awareness of the options they offer. The colleges give presentations; both in special year group assemblies and in PD lessons. Students are given time, and staff help, to complete their post 16 application forms in PD lessons.

All Year 10 students attend Experience Days at both Truro College and Cornwall College where they enjoy taster lessons in the options they are considering studying.

The Careers Noticeboard is situated outside Student Reception and is always kept up to date with Open Evening events, which are also advertised in the Bulletin and on Moodle. Truro College holds an Open Evening exclusively for Richard Lander School students once a year, although students and parents are, of course, welcome at all Open Evenings.

The Careers area in the school library has multiple copies of the latest prospectuses for all local colleges and other post 16 opportunity providers. The library is also regularly updated with information about a variety of career paths.

Some students attend Young College in Years 10 and 11 where they gain vocational qualifications, which can be taken to more advanced levels post 16.

At Richard Lander School we appreciate that the choices made at 16 will affect university course choice and our careers support always reflects this.

Measuring Impact. Our careers programme results in high transition rates to colleges or apprenticeships and low numbers of NEETs. We have low fall-out rates from post-16 courses at local colleges. Student feedback after in-school events is always positive and student voice is consistently positive about our careers offer. Our school improvement partner when interviewing students has been impressed with student clarity of thought about the future and how Richard Lander School has prepared them. 

Students wanting careers advice can make use of the excellent online webchat facilities on the Careers South West website  https://www.cswgroup.co.uk/  or the National Careers Service website  https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk  Both these sites offer  impartial professional advice whether students have no idea what career they would like to follow or need information on the best courses to study for their chosen future.

Richard Lander School Careers Offer 2021/2022

RLS Careers Policy

If you have any questions about our Post 16 and Careers programme, please contact datsond@richardlander.cornwall.sch.uk or ngrenfell@richardlander.cornwall.sch.uk

Please see the links below for further information. 

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