What are the options at 16+
The current Government rules for post-16 education require all pupils in England to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday (Year 13). This does not mean young people must stay in school.
They will able to choose from:
- employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week;
- volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.
What do I do Next?
You have a range of choices about what to do next. The important thing is to make sure you move into something that you enjoy and that moves you towards your goals.
Remember: you still get free education until you are 19, or training which will give you a qualification.
This means that there are 3 Pathways open to you
- further education in a college, Sixth Form Centre or school Sixth Form
- work with training - you could choose to do a Modern Apprenticeship where you study on a part-time basis while working
- other work or training - you could choose to join a training course or get a job that meets your interests
"Post 16" Providers
There are a huge number of institutions available to you. This list is by no means a definitive one but here are some of our local ones:
The Henley College
The Henley College is the traditional route for many Chiltern Edge students, with the school enjoying a long-standing partnership with this high-achieving sixth form college. With over 60 A Levels, vocational diploma courses, Apprenticeships and traineeships to choose from, there are many opportunities for students to find their place at The Henley College. The College welcomes students from more than 100 schools across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire into its diverse and exciting College community. The College guides students into choosing the route that is right for them and empowers each individual to achieve the highest success possible. To find out more, or to order a prospectus, please visit The Henley College website: www.henleycol.ac.uk
BCA is a further and higher education college with a land-based specialism. Based in Burchetts Green, Maidenhead we offer our full-time learners everything from Animal Management to Art and Design, Agriculture to Outdoor Education. With extensive transport routes within the surrounding areas, we may be a lot closer than you think!
BCA was graded Good by Ofsted in 2015, with an Outstanding provision in Public Services, Sport Studies and Outdoor Education.
Reading College is part of Activate Learning, a pioneering education group comprising secondary, further and higher education, apprenticeship and workforce training, consultancy, commercial business and social enterprise. These learning organisations are united by a common purpose - to transform lives through learning.
The college, which is rated good with outstanding areas by Ofsted, provides career-focused learning programmes for school leavers and adults in Berkshire.
It offers industry-standard facilities for training in sectors including engineering, IT, hospitality and catering, hair and beauty and the performing arts.
The college has a national reputation for harnessing the potential of leading-edge technologies, including browser-based apps and wearable technology, to support teaching and learning.
Reading College provides career-focused education for school leavers and adults in Berkshire. The college is a specialist in post-16 education, providing A-level and BTEC programmes that prepare young people for university and employment. The college is home to Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, a pioneering approach to performing arts training in the South East, run in partnership with Reading Rep.
"UTC Reading is a new University Technical College specialising in Computer Science and Engineering opening in September 2013. Local students, aged 14 to 19, living within a 15 mile radius of RG1 5RQ can apply. The proposed specialist curriculum will appeal to secondary school-aged pupils keen on developing their talent in these areas. A UTC is different from the average school because it is designed with the backing of the local business community and has industry partners involved. UTC Reading connects students with industry partners Microsoft, Cisco, Peter Brett Associates, and Network Rail, offering great access to employment and sponsorship opportunities."
Local school with Sixth Form. Ofsted 2010 said:
Sixth form students make outstanding progress from their different starting points. Students are responsible, hard working and develop excellent independent learning skills"
Reading School (Boys)
"Reading School is proud of its long and distinguished history. It is an outstanding school, with an exceptional academic track record and excellent pastoral support, where every boy is encouraged to develop his full potential."
Kendrick School (Girls)
"Kendrick School is a high achieving selective school for girls aged 11 to 18. It is a specialist school in Science, Mathematics and Languages. Over the years Kendrick has built and maintained an impressive record of the highest academic standards and achievements. It is now acknowledged as being amongst the very best state schools in the country."
Maiden Erlegh has a 50 year tradition of outstanding academic success and provides a high quality education for 1800 students, 440 of whom are in our thriving Sixth Form. "We are very proud of what is on offer at Maiden Erlegh. We are committed to excellence and expect the very highest standards from all our students. Maiden Erlegh is very successful because it is ambitious and has a team of highly qualified and committed people who promote achievement"
There are of course other fine institutions both in the area and further afield. You are advised to view the websites and then contact the institution for further details and perhaps a tour and an interview.