All students have a personal tutor, to guide them through their studies, and provide them with the skills needed to succeed at Post-16. Students are given dedicated time to learn about time management, study skills, revision skills and examination skills.
Students are also introduced to current affairs and regularly discuss issues in the news, during the time with their tutor.
In Year 13, tutors spend a significant amount of time with the students in their groups working on their UCAS applications, and applications for employment and apprenticeships.
Students are also supported in learning about student finance, and wider financial issues that will affect them in the adult environment.
Post 16 students have a dedicated student support manager who is available throughout the day for students to share issues and concerns with and get any support they need regarding their welfare or their studies. The support manager works closely with students monitoring attendance, punctuality and other issues. The support manager works as a mentor for students offering advice and guidance on a range of issues such as time management, revision methods, exam preparation and works closely with staff to ensure students make good progress in their chosen subjects.
During the year, information is collected on the progress of all students. Interventions are put in place if students are struggling with any of their subjects, to ensure that they soon get back on track.
Parents’ Evenings are held at least once a year and are in accordance with our principle of regular feedback and communication with students and parents/guardians.
We have a zero tolerance for bullying and any member of the Post-16 team are available to talk to, if a student feels like that they are being bullied.
All Post-16 students at George Salter Academy benefit from training in the skills needed to get to the next stage in their life.
Writing CVs. Completing application forms. Applying for apprenticeships. Applying for and getting the most from work experience and internships. Taking part in group assessments. Handling telephone interviews. In-tray exercise skills. Interview skills. Taking psychometric tests. Taking part in role plays.
Written communication skills. Spoken communication skills. Giving presentations. Numeracy skills. IT for the workplace. Team working. Organisational skills .
George Salter Academy offers a first class study support package for all students that attend Post-16, and has built a reputation for providing an unprecedented level of study support. We believe in an all year round approach, not just on the run-up to examination periods, and this approach is integral to our students’ successful results. In fact, on many occasions our staff respond directly to student requests to put on additional study support sessions, such is the desire for them to achieve their maximum potential.
Our all year round approach is divided into various sub categories which include Saturday schools, holiday programmes and after school sessions. In addition, there are a number of residential that take place each year, both within the UK and abroad, some of which are pure recreation, whilst others offer a targeted academic focus.
During the year we have external support to help students with completing courses and preparing for exams. These include University students working on one to one basis with students and external companies such as Elevate Education who offer advice and guidance on how to prepare for exams. We also utilise our very best resources – our own students! Year 13 student’s often run support sessions for year 12 students to help them understand topics taught – this is something all students find particularly useful.
We believe that all students should take advantage of as many opportunities as they can at Post-16 level, whilst not jeopardising their studies.
We encourage and support students to:
*Paid employment – we acknowledge the value of jobs to students but advise a maximum of eight hours per week.
At GSA we believe all our students have the right to make well informed decisions about their future. As part of our Careers Programme we ensure that all students have access to a Careers Advisor at all times who can support them to make the right choices throughout their school life and or the future. Support is also extended to Parents and Guardians so that they are fully involved in the guidance process.
Careers Lead and Work Experience Co-ordinator: Nicola Dickinson
The Careers Advisor can be contacted on 0121 553 4665 ext 5245
Email: [email protected]
At George Salter we offer students from KS4 and KS5 the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, the world’s leading youth development programme.
Please view the Enrichment page for more information.