At Baxter College, we believe in preparing all our students for their future lives.
With the development of our new Student Support facility, we feel we can offer students access to relevant support to equip them to get the most out of their learning opportunities.
The Student Support Centre provides a quiet, calm and positive environment to enable staff to work with small groups of students or on a one-to-one basis with students when required.
Any students identified as having special educational needs (SEN) will also access the Student Support Centre in order for them to develop, taking account of their individual needs, in an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe. Our dedicated team of Student Support staff are based in the Centre to ensure students receive an outstanding level of care at all times.
Baxter College has an experienced advisor, based in school, who provides impartial careers guidance and support to students across year groups. This helps equip our young people with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to the next stage of education, employment and/or training. Targeted career guidance at ‘key transition’ points is provided on a one to one basis helping to raise aspirations, build confidence and enhance decision making skills concerning future options.
- One to one careers guidance meetings for sixth form students with regards to their post 18 options (university, higher and further education, apprenticeships, employment and gap years).
- Advice, information and personal support to all students about decision making and their future direction, specifically:
- Those in Year 11 who are thinking about their post 16 options (sixth form, college, apprenticeships and employment)
- Year 8/9’s with their options choices
- A ‘drop-in’ every Tuesday from 3pm – 4:15pm for any student to come and ask questions about any education or career area, or any help they may require in overcoming barriers to their goals.
As a school, we are keen to offer the opportunity of work experience to our students and are more than willing to assist and support those students who pursue it.
We see it as an opportunity for students to gain a valuable insight into early career exploration plus a chance to acquire and practice fundamental employability skills.
Work Experience in Year 10 usually takes place for one week towards the end of the Summer term and is optional.
Students are welcome to source suitable placements from within the community or with family/friends, however they can speak with us directly in school enabling us to offer support in securing a placement.
For those students who do not wish to participate in work experience, we arrange a programme that allows students to explore what life might be like Post 16 e.g. 6th form taster lessons, University visits and a careers fair.
Work Experience in Year 12 is compulsory and also takes place at the end of the Summer term. Students in Year 12 are encouraged to find their own placements, however we can offer assistance should the need arise.