Bradfields Academy strives to ensure that all students are prepared for life beyond the time spent at the academy. Transition can be one of the most anxious times for students and their parents/carers. We have a dedicated Student Transition Coordinator who runs all our annual reviews and helps advise students and parents on future options available to them.
During their time at the academy a number of experiences have been developed for our students in an attempt to ease these periods of transition which include visits and taster days and work experience. As an academy we are always seeking opportunities which can broaden the experiences our students are exposed to which in turn could help them when transitioning from school to their next placement.
All students have an Education Health and Social Care Plan [EHCP] review meeting and as part of this future plans around education, careers and independence are discussed, reflecting an appropriate level for the individual student in question. The academy has utilised some of the Pupil Premium Money and the Post 16 Bursary to ensure that impartial independent advice and guidance is available to all students. A Careers Advisor from the Medway Youth Trust/Trust Careers Team (formerly Connexions) will meet with the students 1 to 1 and an action plan is developed, which is shared with the school and parents/carers. This service is available to all students in Years 11, 12 13 and 14. www.themytrust.org
The curriculum at Bradfields has been designed to support transition both within the academy and in moving on with targeted careers input.
Year 9 students decide on their options in the Spring prior to starting Year 10 in the Red Zone. These 2 year courses can be found in the Curriculum section of our Website.
Year 11 students decide on their options in the Spring prior to starting Year 12 for their 1-3 year courses in our Post 16 provision [or to transfer to College directly if they are ready and meet the entrance criteria]. These courses can be found in the Curriculum section of our website. Several of these courses give the students an opportunity to attend day release college ‘taster’ course complete college accredited courses and have a placement within a working environment.
The emphasis of these courses is to offer completely new experiences. The subjects on offer within the Academy provide students with progression routes into further education and into employment.
A Year 14 curriculum has been developed to again build on achievements in Years 12 and 13, and also offer courses which improve a student’s employability. Courses include supported life skills for young adults [such as Young Drivers, College Courses & Travel Training] and work based employment. Many students who have undertaken the complete college course have subsequently been offered direct access to the next level course when they have transitioned to college full time.
For the last 5 years Bradfields Academy has not had any reported NEETs, students who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training. A fact that we are very proud of and the OFSTED inspection of 2017 reported “Students have secured and sustained meaningful placements at college, in education or within the world of work over the last 10 years when they have left the school. The school’s success in this area is significantly above that found nationally. Students’ success in their future lives is a mark of the superb support they have received during their time at Bradfields Academy.
Options post Bradfields
- MidKent College Maidstone or Medway Campus
- North Kent College Gravesend or Dartford Campus
- West Kent College Tonbridge Campus
- Canterbury College
- Hadlow College
- Supajam – A specialist music college in Swanley
Supported Internships via Skillnet Group are designed for young people with learning disabilities and/or Autism who want to get a job.
A supported internship is a study programme that will
- Help you get a job
- Help yo get qualifications if that is what you need
- Help with Maths and English so you can use them in real life
You do most of your learning at work. You learn by “doing”. Supported internships are all about working towards paid employment.
Skillsnet have job coaches to help you think about your skills and what you want to do. The job coaches will also keep checking things are alright and working well.
If you are aged 16 to 25 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the course will be free. You might also be able to get extra money for support from social services or through a student bursary (you will have to have an assessment
Training providers offering courses in areas such as Construction, Warehousing, Vehicle Maintenance.