Lees Brook Skills Academy offers each student a 16-19 Study Programme based on their prior attainment, and designed to meet clear educational and career aspirations.
All students who haven’t achieved a grade 4 (previously a C) in GCSE maths and English language by the end of Key Stage 4 will have to continue to study those subjects.
Where GCSE 4-9 (previously A* - C) English and maths is not immediately attainable, students can study other English and maths qualifications such as Functional Skills as ‘interim’ or ‘stepping stone’ qualifications on the journey towards achievement of a GCSE.
All students should be given the opportunity to follow a course that:
• Provides progression to a level higher than that of their prior attainment
• Includes qualification(s) that are clearly linked to suitable progression opportunities in training, employment or higher levels of education.
• Requires students to work towards GCSE 4 -9 grade in Maths and English (or other qualifications that will act as a stepping stone for achievement of these qualifications in time).
• Allows for meaningful work experience related to the vocational area of the Study Programme, which develops employability skills and/or creates potential employment options.
• Includes other activities unrelated to qualifications that develop the skills, attitudes and confidence that support progression, including work experience.
• Students will be expected to study at least one substantial vocational qualification, to provide a route into a trade, profession or other form of employment, or access to a university of higher education course.
• These qualifications should make up the majority of the Study Programme time, and in most cases these qualifications will be at a level above the student’s prior achievement.
• Some students may not be ready to achieve a substantial qualification, so this element of the Study Programme may consist of substantial work experience and English and maths, working towards GCSE if they have still to achieve these qualifications at Grade 4 or above.
• For those planning to move onto higher education or further training, work experience or other kinds of work-related education can help students select the course and career path which best suits them.