Key stage 4/transition coordinator: Mrs Fiona Nickeas
Telephone: 01772 336976
Transition from Moor Hey
At Moor Hey School, our careers advice begins in key stage 3. From year 9 onwards, a representative from the local authority will be invited to the pupil’s annual reviews. There will be a discussion about ideas for the future. The pupils will also cover the careers in their PSD lessons. The pupils are encouraged to attend college open days from year 10 onwards. In the year 11 annual review, the pupils and parents are asked which college(s) they are interested in applying for. As the application forms can be complicated, particularly regarding our accreditations, I offer to complete the application forms on the pupils’ behalf. College interviews are then arranged. These are often in school. If the interviews are out of school time, I am happy to support the pupils and parents with this if needed. In year 10 and 11, our pupils access courses at Preston Vocational Centre (PVC) and Creativity Works Preston (CWP). These establishments can also be used for post 16 Education. For some pupils, it is more appropriate for them to transition to a post 16 placement at a special school. We can also help with this process. We try to arrange taster days for all pupils at their chosen colleges/placements to reduce anxiety around the transition process.
Last year, our pupils moved on to the following provisions: Myerscough College, Blackburn College, Runshaw College, Cardinal Newman College, Preston's College, Sir Tom Finney Community High, The Coppice and CWP.
In year 11, the pupils participate in a 2-week work experience placement. The pupils choose the type of work experience they would like to do and I make the arrangements. We arrange our work experience through Education Business Partnership. They arrange the health and safety checks and ensure the correct insurance and policies are in place. I take the pupils for an interview and visit them whilst they are on their work experience. I also have regular contact with parents and the companies during the 2-week period.
Unfortunately, in 2020 and 2021, we were unable to complete the work experience due to the Covid Pandemic. I am currently looking at the possibility of virtual work experience. In 2019, our pupils enjoyed placements at the following establishments:
Skelmersdale Baptist Church, Tesco Express, Roccoco Café, Coop, Our Lady’s Catholic High School (with the site supervisor), Lostock Hall Library and Pawla’s Pet shop.
If you have any questions or concerns about the transition process, please do not hesitate to contact me.
This year, we have been lucky enough to receive funding to introduce the Skills Builder Programme at Moor Hey. Skills Builder is based around the following 8 essential skills:
These skills are taught across the curriculum and explicitly in the key stage 3 and 4 careers lessons. There is a “Homezone” section of Skills Builder, where the pupils can develop these skills at home. https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homezone