Staying on at school
Historically, staying on at school is seen as the natural route for students with good qualifications and higher aspirations. It is certainly a strong route for those that like and thrive in a structured 5 day week environment.
However it’s not for everyone and you might want to consider other options especially if a student:
- Didn’t get the English and Maths results they were hoping for. For example FE colleges now teach these essential subjects alongside the main study programme so that students learn with different tutors and in different ways. Many students go on to greatly improve their results and open up new training and employment possibilities
- Enjoy less structured, more self-managed forms of learning. All Apprenticeships and college courses have an expectation that the student manages their own learning and sets their own stretching targets. Many find this a big difference from school and find moving on to higher study, for example at University, to be a smoother process as a result
- Wants to study within a specialist profession for example Hairdressing, Catering and the construction trades as it is often difficult for schools to provide the specialist facilities required to deliver these courses
Students with good grades should certainly consider school sixth forms however there are many different routes to University, to good employment and to career satisfaction and its worth making sure the student understands them all before making a final choice.
Find out about that courses and learning options we offer here.