Key Stage 4

We understand that there are challenges to face in this stage of your educational career:

  • Revision to do
  • Decisions to make
  • Exams to sit
  • Hormones to contend with
  • And any other personal changes in your life.

Try not to panic, help is out there! This time in your life won’t last forever and after this stage, YOU get to choose what you would like to focus on going forward!

As you will know by now, education has changed a lot over the last few years. No more leaving school to get a job at 16! You are now required to remain in some form of education until you are 18. Believe it or not, this is a good thing!

You have also had the impact of Covid to deal with but we have made it

Everyone is in the same position as you and this is where you get a say in what you want to do, how you want to learn, and what you would like to do with the rest of your life, although you may not even know yet and that’s okay too. This time is about choices and your interests. IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

This page is set out to help you understand what your options are, who can help, what you have to do, and how to do it. From the moment you start Year 10, the next two years is where you need to start really putting in the effort to ensure all your previous hard work is rewarded.

In school, you will have a designated teacher who will be able to advise you on all of the above. Make sure you know who they are. If you have a mentor or key worker in school, they too would be able to advise you on any issues you have or anything you need to know. You can also contact your social worker, they can help you, or if not they can find out who can.

Don’t forget your PEPs. These will happen 2/3 times every academic year and they are for you! These meetings are a fantastic opportunity for you to say what is going well for you, what maybe isn’t going so well, what you need help with, what support you may need, along with any other concerns or achievements you may wish to share. At the meetings, things like tutoring, joining clubs, joining gyms, or any other equipment you might need to support your education, including laptops or tablets, will be discussed. It is important that you attend these meetings so that you know your Virtual School Officer, who will support you with the above. We want to hear your voice.

In 2014 we began running a social/homework club exclusively for children in our care called The Funwork Club. This is based in Woolwich and caters to all school-age groups from 5-year-olds to 18-year-olds. Come along for some social time, play pool, football, dance, DJ, singing sessions, and of course some homework or revision support if you need it. We would love to see you!

There are lots of helpful links and websites at the bottom of the page that may be useful if you want to start considering your plans for the future. It is never too early to do some research, and it’s always helpful to know what you are aiming for and what grades you may need to achieve to get there. Any questions you have you can always contact your Virtual School Officer or whoever you feel comfortable talking to, but we hope this page is helpful and gives you a starting point to explore some of your own ideas.

Useful Websites