Why do we offer a vocational curriculum?
In order to gain good GCSE results, students need to attend and achieve at a consistently high level during Key Stage 4. They need to ensure course work is delivered on time, and that they regularly complete homework and class work. Failure to do this will have a detrimental impact upon GCSE grades. They also need to have followed the same syllabus, preferably in one school, for years 10 and 11. The majority of our Key Stage 4 students will not have been able to meet these demands, and as a result have a very negative attitude towards education. They are alienated from learning.
A vocational curriculum re-engages our students in learning. They can register at any point in the academic year, and late starters can achieve units, even if they do not achieve a full qualification. These units can then be transferred to Further Education to complete full qualifications. Students quickly understand the relevance of these qualifications, knowing that they lead to acceptance at Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, apprenticeships or employment. Ultimately, they can lead to university.
The vocational curriculum at Abbey Manor College is not a second rate offer, but a high quality learning experience that often breaks the cycle of failure. All our vocational staff are highly trained specialists, and all subjects are extremely well resourced.
How do students progress?
Key Stage 3 students are re-integrated into main stream education if appropriate. Individual support is put in place for their initial weeks at main stream school to maximise their potential.