You Only Leave Once!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in News | No Comments

You need to remember that, because of the RPA (Raising of the Participation Age), you have to remain in education or training until you are 18.  This does not mean you have to stay on at school after Year 11.  You can:

  • Stay in full time education at any 6th form or college;
  • Do full-time work-based learning such as an Apprenticeship;
  • Do part-time training alongside working (including self-employment) or volunteering for over 20 hours a week.

In school, in your PD lessons, you will put together a career portfolio that will prepare you for the next step in your career.  This will include visitors from local colleges who will be able to give you lots of advice.  You will all have the chance to meet with a careers adviser from Careers South West to talk through your options and some of you will have more than one appointment, this decision is yours, the more work you do the happier you will be with your choice. Remember you need to do all you can to achieve at least grade 4 in Maths and English else you will have to redo these wherever you go.

You need to begin your research NOW

Cornwall College Saltash

Information Events:

Tuesday 15th October 2019          5 – 7.30pm

Saturday 9th November 2019       10am – 12 noon

Saturday 18th January 2020         10am-12 noon

Sat 14th March 2020                       10am-12 noon

Look on the website for other dates & events, including taster sessions which often happen in school holidays, there is a lot more happening which is not on this list or just drop into the College

Duchy College 

Information Events:

Sat 23rd November 2019        10-12noon

Sat 25th January 2020             10-12noon

Sat 21st March 2020                 10-12noon

Also lots of taster days (once again often in school holiday’s) – look on the website or in the prospectus.

City College Plymouth 

Open Days:

Sat 2nd November 2019                     10am – 1pm

Sat 1st February 2020                          10am – 1pm

Taster Weeks:             Mon 21st October – Thursday 24th October (half term)

Have a go at courses, meet staff & students and gain hands-on experience, from bricklaying to hairdressing.  For more information, call 01752-305300.Once again lots of additional opportunities if you are interested look on the website or get in contact directly.

Plymouth  College of Art

Open Days:

Saturday 28th September        10am-4pm

Saturday 12th October              10am-4pm

Saturday 9th November           10am-4pm

Can’t make the Open Day?

If you are unable to make one of our Open Days, we are more than happy to arrange a convenient time for you to visit. To book your place or arrange a convenient date and time please email our friendly team at or call +44 (0)1752 203434. See website for more open days & tasters. There will be more events on throughout the year.


You can do an apprenticeship in anything apart from medicine, If you are interested, please see your PD teacher, who will be able to give you a leaflet and include you in workshops and opportunities.  In the meantime, you need to work hard to find an employer that will take you on, eg a garage if you want an Apprenticeship in mechanics.  You will also need to register with a training provider, which may be Cornwall College or City College – see their prospectuses.  You should also register on the National Apprenticeships website at, all interested students will have specific talks on apprenticeships it is principally the same as applying for a job, CV’s and personal statement building is very important, remembering you will be studying alongside working :

Other useful contacts:

This website contains a wealth of information on: local & national courses, Apprenticeships, CVs, covering letters, funding advice, interviews, individual guidance (via email or webchat), etc.        Careers South West – lots of information on all aspects of education & training.

Dates for your planner:

Post 16 Induction day – Tuesday 5th November 2019

6th Form Open Evening – Wednesday 6th November 2019

Year 11 Parents’ Surgery – Wednesday 8th January 2020

Deadline for application to 6th form – Friday 13th December 2019

Post-16 Pathways Evening – Thursday 13th February 2020

All Year 11’s will see a Careers advisor, please look out for all opportunities given to you and try to do what you can in your free time to develop your skills and broaden your CV, this is vital.