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Work Related activities at RPA

posted 26 May 2017, 09:06 by Michele Colt
As students progress through the school they have a whole range of interactions with our Work Related Learning Coordinator, Ms Pritchard. She helps to give students a perspective on the outside world and prepares them for the opportunities and challenges ahead. Here are a sample of activities from the last 2 terms:

MARCH - All Year 9 students had group careers interviews to help them with their options choices and to gain an understanding about careers and to discover where they can go to look for information about the careers they want.

MARCH - two trips to Kingston University encouraging students to consider university life - these trips were particularly aimed at taking students who may not have considered university as a first option.
APRIL - trip to Roehampton University to encourage students to use social media platforms as a force for good and create a platform which engages with and changes their community for the better. The day was delivered by the Transformation Trust and was excellent!

APRIL/MAY - 6th formers have been preparing for exams. We have had Ben Rowe from Kingston College in to talk to them about exam prep technique. The Year 13s have made their final decisions about university and confirmed their first choice university. We have also had Rebecca Robson from Roehampton University talking about applying for finance as well as preparing for every eventuality on results day. During May, Miss Pritchard has been meeting with all Year 12 students about their aspirations and planning for life after RPA.

APRIL - NCS The Challenge took over a Year 11 games lesson and handed out T-shirts to encourage Y11 students to consider taking part in the amazing NCS summer programme they have on this summer. A three-week programme which costs the government about £1500 but students only pay £50 (heavily subsidised by govt!)

MAY - Year 8 students have been looking at careers programme Launchpad where they can look at their careers and start planning early for their option choices in Year 9, and see what they need to take next year to get into the career they want.

MAY - Year 10 students are working hard to finalise their work experience placements, still a few left to go before their work experience week on 10th-14th July, but the majority have now found something. 

JUNE - Year 12 students will have a UCAS week helping them to start planning out their personal statements and register on UCAS (application portal for Higher Education applications) to get their university applications started.

JULY - Year 10 work experience week, followed by registering on UCAS Progress (an application portal for 16-19 courses), as well as looking at Kudos where they can look at their careers and start planning for their next steps beyond Year 11 and know what they need to apply for to get into the career they want.

AUGUST - 31st August Kingston College are holding an event connecting local employers who have job vacancies, with students who are seeking apprenticeships. Any Year 11 students who hope to gain an apprenticeship are encouraged to visit this event.