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I am writing to highlight some of the Careers and Post-16 activities that Year 10 students will be taking part in from this week. All students need to start thinking about their Post-16 options so that they are prepared to make applications in the Autumn term of Year 11.
Start website During Personal Development lessons students will log on and explore the Start website. This is a careers research platform that students can access in school and at home.
Individual Careers Guidance Interviews Students will be invited to attend a 1-1 careers guidance appointment in school to discuss their post-16 options. These will be carried out by Priestnall’s Careers Advisor, Mrs Slack and Stockport Family’s, Miss Ali. Appointments will commence from Monday 21st March. Students will receive their allocated appointment time and date via their student email. 1-1 careers guidance interviews will continue throughout the Autumn term in Year 11.
Action Plans Every student will receive a Careers Guidance action plan a few days after their 1-1 Careers Guidance. This will be email directly to students Priestnall email account. The action plan will include the next steps that each individual needs to take as well as online resources.
College Talks Over the next few months, Year 10 students will hear from guest speakers from local colleges.
College Taster Days We will be offering students the opportunity to visit 1 out of a possible 4 colleges for a taster day. These take place June/July in Year 10. Further information regarding this will be sent out after Easter.
Communication – I will be sharing information from Colleges and Apprenticeship providers on the Priestnall School Careers & Post-16 Twitter page Twitter: @Priestnall_Car Please follow the Twitter page to access a wealth of information and moving into the Autumn term all the open day dates and deadlines will be posted here.
Mrs C Slack
Careers & Post 16 Advisor
Dear Parent/Carer, You may be aware that our Beliefs and Values department has rebranded as the Personal Development department this year. As part of our continued desire to support both you and your child as much as possible, we were hoping you would be willing to spend a few minutes completing a short survey looking at what you and your child feel about some of the topics we cover, and what you feel is important for us to address moving forward. There are specific questions about our Sex Relationship policy and the new sex and relationships curriculum. Both these documents are attached. You can also watch a Podcast on talking to your child about Relationships and Sex education which is on the school website.
I have enclosed a link to the survey below and will look forward to reading your thoughts and ideas. The survey is anonymous, but if you would like to talk further, I would be happy to arrange the opportunity for further conversation. Please feel free to contact me via email.
Thank you, in anticipation of your contribution.
Curriculum Lead – Personal Development Department
Hopefully you will by now have had chance to view the GCSE Options information and resources on the school website. The GCSE Options function within the SIMS Parent App will be activated today so if you wish you can submit your choices. Please can you ensure that you follow the guidance and as well as making your 4 choices you also choose 2 reserves all in order of preference. There will be a Year 9 Parents Evening on Thursday 17th March so you may wish to wait until after this to make the choices. The deadline for ALL choices to be made is Wednesday 23rd March. It is very important to meet this deadline and any choices made after this date cannot be guaranteed. In the meantime, if you have any subject specific questions please speak to email the appropriate member of staff.
Assistant Headteacher- Curriculum
Dear Parents / Carers
Stockport Without Abuse offer a course to schools called the REACH project. The programme is a 6 week long programme, one hour a week at school, for children in year 8 or 9. We aim for groups to be between 8-12 pupils in size. This is an annual offer, but will only be offered once and for one course.
Topics that can be covered include:
- Healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Online safety and sexting
- Body image, body positivity and self esteem
- Consent and the law
- Online pornography
All of the topics above are covered in the school Personal Development curriculum between Years 7 and 11, but this offers a more detailed and smaller group experience. As a school we would normally have a cohort in mind and contact home to offer this service. This year we do not have a full cohort and I have decided to share this with all parents and carers so you can contact if you feel this course may be helpful. You, or your child, may feel they would benefit from some more intensive help, support or knowledge; this is your opportunity to access it.
This course can be catered to our school’s needs, so REACH are happy to be flexible in terms of the topics covered (and whether all students access all topics).
Attached is some information from the REACH project. Below is a link to a form where you can record your interest to allow your son/daughter to attend the sessions. If you fill in the form someone from your child’s pastoral team / college will contact you to get full permission and answer any questions you may have
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Dear Year 7 Parent/Carer,
After careful consideration and review of the current Year 7 groups, we are now in a position to make some changes as originally intended and communicated at the start of the Academic Year. The new groups will provide educational, social and emotional benefits for the students and prepare them well for Year 8 when they will be in different groups for their lessons. We have thought very carefully about the make up of the groups that will continue to be mixed ability but are designed to improve the group dynamics and allow the students to meet and work with different students beyond their Learning Coordinator groups. We have much more information and knowledge of the students than we did in September and we believe new groupings will be a positive way forward. Teaching staff will collaborate over the next half term to ensure a smooth handover and vulnerable students will be supported through this process. The changes will start after the Easter holidays. If you have any concerns please contact your Director of Studies in the first instance.
Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum
Dear Year 10 Parent / Carer
Please be aware that the deadline for applying for this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Award is Thursday this week. Following the Microsoft Teams meeting with the DofE, many students have now signed up for the award. If you feel your child still wishes to take part and has not yet signed up, please ask them to do so by registering on the Microsoft Form which was sent to all Year 10 students before half term on their school e-mail address.
Start is an online platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.
By following Start’s structured and progressive activities, the platform caters for all students helping them to make more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time.
Students can access the website here: Start – Careers Information for Cheshire & Warrington (startprofile.com) and either continue as a ‘guest’ or create an account by clicking ‘Log in’ and ‘register as a new user’. By creating an account students will be able to store the activities and research throughout the year.
On the 7th & 8th of March, the Stockport immunisation team are due to come into school to offer the MenACWY Vaccine to all Year 9 students. This vaccine is a routine vaccine that has been running for a few years.
Please expect to find a consent form in your child’s bag tomorrow evening. The consent form will need to be returned to school no later than the 2nd of March. Please still complete the form if you wish to decline to vaccine.
If you would like any information regarding the vaccine you can find it here: MenACWY vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)