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KS4 and Careers

Armitage / KS4

As the pupils move from Year 9 into KS4 a wide range of opportunities are made available to them.

We are currently running our own Vocational Centre based at Armitage near Rugeley where pupils can gain vocational qualifications in IT, Woodwork and Catering.  Pupils attend one or two days per week and are transported there directly by taxi where Loxley Hall Staff deliver the programmes of study.

The onus is on achieving qualifications and all work ties into the school based curriculum which uses the AimAwards unit based scheme which allows pupils to build up a L1 Diploma Portfolio.  Some pupils may even achieve L2 qualifications.

 The school tries to cater for both interest and ability and wherever possible pupils are placed on courses which enable them to achieve both vocational and academic accreditation.

Some pupils find school more difficult than others and for this reason we sometimes offer more than the 2 days at Armitage or on placement, - we try to be flexible in order to meet need.

When pupils are not attending the vocational centre they are based at Loxley in 3 units.  Pupils are often encouraged to help out with the younger pupils in areas such as reading or with PE/Sport or Health and Fitness.

As the pupils move into Y11 they are provided with opportunities to consolidate on the work done in Y10 and are placed out of school more frequently. This enables their transition to college at the end of Y11 and provides them with the confidence to become independent students.

Brian Nettleton (Netto) takes a group of pupils out every day to engage in community gardening projects and again pupils achieve credits towards their Diploma whilst acquiring the skills and experience to use mowers/ strimmers and other gardening equipment.


Mrs B Smith (b.smith@loxley.manorhall.academy 01889723050) is developing our whole school careers programme in consultation with Jo Emberson our Transition Manager.   

The school is structuring a follow-through programme where younger pupils understand what will be required of them in terms of qualifications as they enter KS4 and beyond.  The AimAward programme builds on life-skills and combines these with academic work to enable pupils to work towards achieving a L1 Diploma before they leave school. 

Entrust work alongside the school to help pupils investigate post school opportunities and they continue this support into KS5.  Jo Emberson tracks pupils’ career pathways and encourages past pupils to visit the school to describe their progress in the jobs market. 

School keep NEET figures for all our school leavers and are proud of the success our pupils have in finding suitable post school options. 

Mrs Smith organises a whole school careers day and encourages enterprise projects within school, the onus being on functional skills and how these skills can be transferred into the real world. 

Parents are invited to all annual review meetings and long-term plans for pupils are mapped out within their EHCPs.  Transitional reviews take into account the specific needs of pupils in relation to what options are and will be available to them at various key stages in their development including careers guidance. 

Mr M SnowdenHead of Armitage, will be pleased to discuss any related concerns or issues.