All students in Post 16 are involved in work related learning. This is provided through classroom based activities, college, Enterprise in Post 16 or external work experience placements.
Some students attend Brooklands College once a week and can choose from a range of vocational courses such as Motor Vehicle Servicing, Sports, Hairdressing, Retail/Catering or Health & Social Care.
Most students have the opportunity to do a work experience placement. This can be anything from a long-term arrangement of couple of hours a week supported by Post 16 staff, a full day a week independently, or a block of 1-2 weeks. Where possible students are placed in organisations that they have an interest in, and are often local to home to enable independent travel to/from work when appropriate.
Year 13 and 14 students take part in an enterprise day where they plan, research and run their own business. They take their finished produce and go out into the community to sell their handiwork.
Students in Years 13 and 14 work with a Horticulture specialist to run a small vegetable garden to grow and sell a range of vegetables. In the past year we have grown garlic, onions, beetroot, raspberries, strawberries, potatoes, and peppers, as well as a range of kitchen herbs. Students learn about the origins of the food we eat, the growing process, as well as budgeting and accounting for a small enterprise.
Some students take part in vocational pathway lessons and are learning about Maintenance. As part of these lessons they will learn skills including grounds maintenance, recycling, maintaining a safe and clear school environment - clearing leaves from pathways, litter-picking, as well as learning how to care for the school minibuses and car.
As part of this they learn which tools are needed and are supplied with the appropriate protective clothing and equipment to complete the tasks safely. They will also learn about doing a risk assessment and job sheet before any task.