Post 16

Whitstone School is an inclusive, ambitious school for students aged 11-16. We are committed to ensuring all our students receive clear and impartial advice regarding their next steps.

Our careers team work with many local colleges, apprenticeship providers and 6th Forms to make sure our students are set on the right path for them to continue their successful education after their time at Whitstone School.

On this page you will find a host of information and links to help you and your child make the important decisions about their post-16 education.

Upcoming Open Evenings

>> Bath College Virtual Open Event : Wednesday 14th October 4pm–7pm

>> Bridgwater and Taunton College Virtual Showcase : Tuesday 13th October 6pm–8pm

>> Strode College Virtual Open Evening : Thursday 22nd October 5.30pm – 8.30pm (limited spaces available for live visit but must be booked in advance)

>> Yeovil College Virtual Open House Month : until Wednesday 4th November

>> Sexey’s 6th Virtual Information Evening : Thursday 12th November 6pm-9pm

Destinations 2020 Where did our students go after GCSEs?
Summary Number of students (89 total) Percentage
A Levels 53 59.5
Further Education College Course – Level 3 19 21.5
Further Education College Course – Level 1/2 10 11.2
Apprenticeship 3 3.4
Traineeship 0 0
Specialist school / medical tuition 2 2.2
Not updated/ finalised destinations 2 2.2

Post 16 Options Advice

Next Steps South West

Next Steps South West offers impartial information and support to help young people navigate their own personal journey to higher education.
As part of the Office for Students’ Uni Connect Programme​ they represent fourteen partner universities and colleges. They deliver events and activities designed to educate and inspire young people aged 13-19 years old, and those that influence them, such as parents and carers. Their work is totally unbiased to ensure everyone can make the decision that’s right for their future. From course listings to careers, finance to student life – find all the information you need at www.nextstepss​w.ac.uk

Colleges and 6th Form Providers

Strode College

www.strode-college.ac.uk | courseinfo@strode-college.ac.uk | 01458 844400

Strode College boasts an extensive range of A Levels, Vocational courses, Apprenticeships and new T Levels to choose from. In many cases, Strode College students far exceed expectations and outperform their target grades, placing the College in the top 10% of colleges nationally and making Strode one of the top performing colleges in the South West of England.

At Strode College, every individual, no matter what their starting point is, has the potential to achieve great things. Students are encouraged to be ambitious and believe they can succeed; the College helps them to realise their potential, maximise results and achieve success.

Yeovil College

www.yeovil.ac.uk | enrol@yeovil.ac.uk | 01935 423921

The ‘top performing college’ in the whole of Somerset, Yeovil College is passionate about helping their students to achieve their dreams by providing responsive and flexible support. A College journey is more than just studying. At Yeovil College you’ll discover fabulous facilities, explore incredible opportunities and share awesome experiences with friends. Whilst on campus you’ll have fun and enjoy life in first class facilities. You’ll embrace independence, make lifelong friends and enjoy a great social scene here on campus.

Bridgwater & Taunton College

www.btc.ac.uk | info@btc.ac.uk | 01278 455464

Bridgwater & Taunton College is located in the heart of Somerset, with main centres in Bridgwater, Taunton and Cannington, the College has an excellent reputation as a highly successful provider of education and training and aims to help students to fulfill their potential and become the best they can be. Bridgwater and Taunton College offers a broad and diverse range of subjects and qualifications to suit the needs and learning styles of all of their students.
The courses combine real-world experience with academic rigour and fantastic employability. By studying with us, you’ll be given all the support you need to go in whichever direction you choose. Our tutors meet with students regularly to offer encouragement and guidance and, if needed, extra support.

Bath College

www.bathcollege.ac.uk | info@bathcollege.ac.uk | 01225 328720

Bath College is a Further and Higher Education College at the heart of Bath & NE Somerset. Bath College offer Vocational and Professional courses, Apprenticeships, and Foundation Learning programmes for post-16 learners. The College has two campuses, one in Bath City Centre and one in Radstock. At Bath College we provide innovative training to develop skills, inspire individuals, enrich the wider community and encourage all to achieve and progress.

Train4All

www.train4all.co.uk | enquiries@train4all.co.uk | 01458 274043

Train4All is a specialist provider of training for the Engineering and Construction industry, offering qualifications in such trades as plumbing, plastering, electrics, bricklaying and carpentry among many more. They provide apprenticeships, traineeships, NVQs, CSCS, SSSTS and SMSTS Training and more, perfect for students who aspire to start their career in the construction industry.

Apprenticeships

For ‘on the job’ training, an apprenticeship may be the best choice:
>> Apprenticeships through Strode College
>> Somerset Skills & Learning Apprenticeships
For further help or advice you can call the Apprenticeship Hotline: 01278 426828 or email SS&L@somerset.gov.uk
>> Amazing Apprenticeships
>> Construction Apprenticeships

Further Education and University

To find out what you could study at University, see the >> UCAS website

If you would like any advice on your child’s next steps, please contact the Careers Team at Whitstone School: 01749 345555