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Post 16

After GCSEs there are three main pathways to choose from and making the decision between the different pathways needs careful thought.

  • General academic e.g. A Levels (offered at schools and colleges)
  • Work-based: e.g. Apprenticeships (learning on the job but also with a learning provider)
  • Vocationally-related: this could be through a ‘vocational subject’ related to a broad employment area such as business, engineering, IT, health and social care, etc. or through a ‘vocational course’ that leads to specific jobs such as hairdressing, accounting, professional cookery or plumbing
  • There are also opportunities for young people to work or volunteer for 20 hours a week as long as they are also working towards a qualification – check this out with your school or college.

The pathway you choose will be based on the following:

  • What grades of GCSE you have achieved
  • How you like to learn
  • Where and what you would like to study later
  • What you want to do in the future

All year 11 students have independent careers information through targetted interviews and discussion. Our 'Hub' has a vast array of uptodate resources about careers, post 16 education.

We hosted an apprentice morning where local companies and apprentice training organisations spent time talking to small groups of students about what was available locally.

At St Martins School we work closely with Oswestry College – to view their website please click here.

There are other educational establishments in the area including Yale, Thomas Adams, Shrewsbury 6th Form.

Open days/evening - remember if you have missed one of these open events dont panic, get in touch with the college or school.

Shrewsbury Sixth Form - https://www.ssfc.ac.uk/events – 16&24th October and 8th November

Thomas Adams Wem – 25th October

Moreton Hall – 12th October 

Marches Sixth Form – 24th October

North Shropshire College

Coleg Cambria – 21st Novemberer - https://www.cambria.ac.uk/


A couple of new degree apprentices