Information on those students who have achieved school awards will appear here shortly.

Year 9 PSHE is taught 1 hour per fortnight. Please see the curriculum map below which indicates what is currently being taught. From September 2020 we will be following the new statutory requirements for PSHE (link included).

Currently Key Stage 4 PSHE is taught as part of Core RE.

 

Curriculum Intent

The aim of PSHE is to explore a range of topics that extend beyond the usual academic subjects. Students should study and reflect on those areas of life that affect us all, developing knowledge, skills understanding, resilience and reflection.

The curriculum is based around the PSHE programme of study which becomes statutory in September 2020, including learning about Relationships, Sex and Health.

There are a number of overarching themes:

  • Health & Well-Being
  • Living In The Wider World
  • Relationships (RSE)*

We also use the Gatsby 8 Pillars to inform our careers programme.

 

Curriculum Content 


Topics covered in Year 9 include:

  • Knife crime, peer pressure and gangs
  • Homophobia
  • Managing conflict
  • Alcohol, drugs and addiction
  • Relationship and Sex Education
  • Healthy Relationships and consent
  • Crime & punishment
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Sexting & Pornography
  • Careers
  • Community Cohesion


Topics covered in Year 10 & 11 include:

  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health, well-being & self-esteem
  • Coping with stress, including exams
  • Democracy & Citizenship
  • British Values & Human Rights
  • Challenging extremism and radicalisation
  • Careers
  • Domestic abuse & forced marriage
  • Matters of Life

 

Curriculum Implementation

Stratton Upper School will deliver the programme through a variety of methods.

These could include:

  • Timetabled lessons
  • Tutor time activities
  • Assemblies
  • Drop-down days
  • External speakers

 

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education 

 

CEIAG leader: Mrs Laura Walton
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Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Stratton Upper School recognises that it has a statutory duty to provide impartial and objective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to pupils in Years 9  to 13. CEIAG at Stratton Upper School is seen as an integral part of the curriculum, which is available for every pupil.

CEIAG enables the pupils to make impartial, informed, balanced and appropriate decisions about many key areas of their future development, progression and career pathways. CEIAG at Stratton Upper School is completely impartial and it enables CEIAG to be delivered in an objective and balanced manner by all staff so that each pupil receives exactly the same opportunities to explore potential pathways. CEIAG is delivered across the curriculum and through our Career Days and events. We also have a dedicated CEIAG Adviser in school two days a week through which all students are able to request meetings for individual guidance as well as group interviews and other activities.

Stratton Upper School aims for CEIAG

Parents and students feel supported through making decisions at key transition points.
Students are empowered to develop a flexible and realistic approach to future plans and career ideas.
Students understand the link between education and future earning potential.
Students aspirations are raised through increased knowledge of opportunities available to them.
Students take responsibility for researching and creating future plans and career ideas.
Students make a successful transition to the next stage of education and employment.
Students recognised the importance of developing specific life skills such as; resilience, managing relationships, valuing diversity, taking responsibility, developing independence, creativity, health and well-being,  and their connections to the world of work.
Students have knowledge of current training and employment opportunities.
 

Stratton CEIAG Programme

All students

Have access to Future Friday careers talks – people with different careers come to give presentations about what it is like to work in that career and how they got the job that they do. 
Have access to appointments with our independent careers advisor (Laura Jenkins from 4YP).
Take part in an assembly programme which includes apprenticeship week, careers in STEM, options talks and opportunities in the local area. 
Have opportunities to attend specific career path opportunities such as the Big Bang careers event for careers in STEM. 
Have opportunities to visit places of further or higher education, based on academic outcomes – previous visits have included North Herts College, Beds University, Herts University,
Oxford University etc. 

Year 9

All students will take part in a Futures Day, which enables them to visit a variety of colleges, universities and work places. 
All students will attend a group interview with 4YP, our independent advisor, as part of the process of choosing GCSE options.           
All students will complete a Careers unit in PSHE which will include creating an account on https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ and starting to create a  profile to look at job types.

Year 10

All students will complete a Work Ready unit as part of Core RE lessons.  This looks at skills in the work place. 
Students are able to organise their own work experience placements and this will be authorised by the school.
Students entitled to Pupil Premium, are on the AFA program, or who are underachieving will be allocated an appointment with 4YP, our independent advisor.  All other students are able to and
are encouraged to, book individual appointments with 4YP. 
A residential activity for invited students based on making the link between effort and paid work.

Year 11

Focus on post-16 options choices.  A’ level option evening. 
Assemblies  based on  future options, apprenticeships etc.. 
Stratton Sixth Form options booklet includes information about careers linking to the courses on offer. 
Individual careers meetings with 4YP who can help with choosing options, applying for college or an apprenticeship.

Year 12

Level 2 – study skills, work skills and work experience – all students on Level 2 course are given a 4YP interview during September. 
UCAS and Post 18 opportunities convention trip – London Excel Centre.
Apprenticeship fair trip.
Careers Days and industry seminars. Covering work based and university routes.
  Visiting speakers/organisations
  CV production and development.
UCAS information and considerations – delivered in-house.
Work experience week – students to organise placements themselves for the week.

Year 13

Visits from ex-students and businesses to provide information about school leaver programmes and application windows and requirements. 
Typically this includes: Mercedes, MBDA, Santander, Liebherr, teaching abroad.
Support with both UCAS and Apprenticeship applications. 
Apprenticeships & school leaver programme information will be forwarded to students if/when received from careers agencies or businesses themselves – generally through tutors and email.
UCAS follow up and student finance information.

If you would like to know more about Stratton Upper School’s CEIAG program then please contact Mrs Walton via the careers e-mail address above.

Measuring impact

Stratton Upper school’s CEAIG provision was praised by OFSTED in our most recent inspection: “Pupils receive effective careers advice and suitable preparation for the next stage of education, training or employment. As a result, a larger proportion of pupils who left Year 11 in 2017 sustained their participation in the sixth form, further education or work with training than did so nationally.”

And:

 ” These outcomes reflect well on the school’s high-quality careers advice and guidance.”    

96% of Year 11 students go on to sustained destinations after their GCSE, this is higher than both the national average and the average in the local area.  We also have more than twice the national average of students going on to do apprenticeships.

Students are surveyed about how they have found the CEIAG provision at Stratton Upper School and events have been put in place to respond to comments from students.

We are always looking for new contributors to our careers program here at Stratton, if you would like to come and talk to our students or are able to offer a work place visit then please get in touch via the careers email above.

Below is a list of useful websites about CEIAG for pupils and parents/carers to explore:

 

Websites

 
      
4YP is the company that provides independent career advice and guidance.


The National Careers Service website contains over 750 job profiles, and each of them gives you
the essential information you need on what the job involves and how to get into it. The site also has a job market
information section about the job situation in your local area and you can also talk to an adviser.

 
Find an apprenticeship on the Government apprenticeships website.

 
 
The Future Morph website is designed to show 14 – 18 year olds career routes that studying science, technology, engineering and maths
can lead to.
 


Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information.

 
The Bright Knowledge site and the Student Calculator are designed to help pupils and young people manage their money
and explore education and career options.
 

U-Explore: CEIAG advice for pupils.

 

 
November 2019
 

 


Provisional GCSE Performance 2019 Standard Pass (A*- C or 9 - 4)

English                                                           68%

Maths                                                             61%

Art & Design

71%

German

56%

Biology

92%

History

47%

Chemistry

95%

Media

55%

Physics

95%

Music

54%

Business & Vocational

42%

PE

51%

Computer Science

56%

RE / Ethics

82%

French

59%

Sociology

43%

Geography

55%

Technology

42%

 

Progress 8 score

Stratton Upper School

-0.34

 

Entering EBacc

Stratton Upper School

35.1%

Local authority average

30.5%

 

Staying in education or entering employment

Stratton Upper School

96%

Local authority average

95%

 

 

Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSEs

Stratton Upper School

32.1%

Local authority average

41.1%

 

Attainment 8 score

Stratton Upper School

41.9%

Local authority average

44.6%

 

EBacc average point score

Stratton Upper School

3.72

Local authority average

3.78

 

OFSTED Performance Tables website

 

Use the search box to find course information of both Key stage 4 and key stage 5 courses.

 

Contact the Exams Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Exams Officer: Mrs Jenny Beach

 

 

 

Year 11 mock exams

The year 11 mock exam timetable can be found at the bottom of this page. These exams start on Tuesday 12th November. Time slots for French and German oral exams have been given to students by the tutors. Please note that the Art exam has been moved to Friday 29th November. Individual timetables will be sent home via email, and paper copies will be given to students via form tutors.

 

Exam Boards

In the links below, you can find the list of courses currently run at Stratton Upper School. Please use this as a guide when purchasing any revision materials.

 

Collecting Exam Certificates

The certificates from this summer’s exams (and previous years) may be collected from reception.Certificates may be collected from school during the hours of 8.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4pm during term time. Please report to reception and ask for the exam certificates.

If the student is unable to collect the certificates in person and needs a relative/friend to collect them on their behalf, they should provide the person with a signed note authorising them to collect the certificates on their behalf. This person should bring the letter with them, together with a form of photo ID (identifying the person collecting, not the student).

The school also offers a certificate postal service. Certificates will be posted via Royal Mail’s ‘1st Class Signed For’ service at a cost of £3.50 per student. For students who have left the school, payment may be made via cash or cheque for the above amount.

The school takes no responsibility for certificates lost or damaged in the post. Replacement certificates may be ordered directly from the relevant exam board’s website. If you are unsure of the exam board you need to contact for replacement certificates please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Contingency planning

 

The qualification regulators, JCQ and government departments responsible for education have prepared and agreed information for schools and colleges in the event of examinations being seriously disrupted. This jointly agreed information will ensure consistency of response in the event of major disruption to the examinations system affecting significant numbers of candidates.

The awarding bodies have designated Wednesday 24 June 2020 as a 'contingency day' for examinations. Centres must therefore remind candidates that they must remain available until Wednesday 24 June 2020 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan. Therefore, if your son/daughter is taking public exams this summer, please book your holidays after this date.

Further information may be found here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exam-system-contingency-plan-england-wales-and-northern-ireland/what-schools-and-colleges-should-do-if-exams-or-other-assessments-are-seriously-disrupted

  

 Important JCQ notices for candidates

 

Useful Resources

Two books especially useful for students concerned about their exams can be found in the school library:

The Teenage Guide to Stress and Blame

My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed

both by Nicola Morgan. Both books offer valuable insights into coping with life at this busy time.  

 

 

The journey through Stratton is designed to help students gain skills for lifelong learning and to achieve their highest potential. We pride ourselves that not only do we prepare our students for success in obtaining qualifications but they are also ready and excited to meet the next challenge in their passage to adulthood.

Students begin Year 9 by focusing on a broad and balanced curriculum based on traditional academic subjects. We believe it is important that all students are exposed to the range of opportunities available at Stratton before making their curriculum choices for study at GCSE.

In Years 10 and 11 students reduce the number of subjects they study to concentrate on nine GCSE qualifications. Choosing which option subjects to select is the focus of the second term of Year 9. Parents are heavily involved in this process, which combines information evenings, analysis of student progress, careers information and guidance and of course, and the opportunity for families to meet one-to-one with the Form Tutor or senior member of staff.

Some subjects available at GCSE are not taught in Year 9, so care is taken to ensure all students are aware of these additional opportunities. These subjects include business studies, sociology, media and construction.

The Year 9 curriculum is subject to review.  The subjects offered are not likely to change but the time allocation for each subject may change.

 

Stratton Sixth Form offers a post-16 route for the 75% of students who wish to continue in an academic pathway leading to university or careers where the entrance qualification is Level 3 (i.e. A Levels).

All students receive high-level careers guidance during Key Stage 4. Those students who wish to pursue vocational options after Year 11 (typically leading to trade-based apprenticeships) are supported in researching, choosing and applying to Further Education Colleges or for apprenticeships specialising in these areas.

The majority of Stratton Sixth Form students start a two-year A Level (or equivalent) programme, choosing three subjects. Again, careers advice and guidance is important as the choice of subjects can have a critical impact on which post-18 options are available.

Our one-year Level 2 course is available for students who are not yet qualified for A-level study, but who are determined to continue their education through an academic pathway.

Provision is also made for students who have yet to attain higher level passes in both GCSE English and maths.

The progress achieved by our students regularly places us in the top 25% of Sixth Form providers nationally.