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Orchard School Bristol

Post-16 Options

There is an enormous range of opportunities and options open to students when they leave Orchard School. 

To help students make the right decision Orchard School runs a comprehensive programme of study, interviews and events.

In Year 9 students (and some in Year 8) choose the GCSE and BTEC courses that they will follow.  They are given guidance over the subjects and levels that are most appropriate for their interests and aptitudes.

Parents are invited in for an Options Evening when they can discuss their child's choices with subject leaders.

In Year 9,10 and 11, students attend a Post 16 Fair when colleges and sixth forms give information and advice.

Attendees include:

Employers, Apprenticeship Providers and Training Organisations also attend.

In terms 1 and 2, local colleges and sixth forms are invited in to deliver assemblies to the whole of Year 11 about their Post 16 provision. Students can find out about what courses are on offer, entry criteria and the application process.

Year 10 students will practise completing college application forms and will also benefit from a practice one-to-one mock interview.  In term 2 every year, Year 10 students are supported and encouraged to go out of school on a week of work experience.

Year 11 students are given the opportunity to attend to a one-to-one Post 16 Advice and Guidance session with Mrs Rachel Thorne , Careers and Employability Lead.  Mrs Thorne holds individual meetings with students in Year 11 for an in-depth discussion about all the options open to them. 

There is  an area in the LRC where college prospectuses and career information is kept, and students can access College, Training and Apprenticeship provider websites via chromebooks which can be requested through the librarian. Students can contact Mrs Thorne for help with Post 16 applications and interview preparation.

Labour Market Information

Please find below some useful information about various sectors that you might be interested to work in once you leave school. You can find out what jobs are included in the sector; what qualifications you need; where you might get a job locally; and what you can expect to learn. 

Useful Websites

Useful documents

 Listing of all Post 16 providers in Bristol:

Post 16 Directory 2021