Head of Post 16

Tracey Pratt (Assistant Principal)

 

At Heath Lane Academy my Senior Leadership Role includes Head of Post 16, Examinations and Careers.

 

Head of Post 16

Post-16 is the most important and most exciting time in a student’s education and I am proud to be leading HLA’s Post-16 where we are both aspirational for our students and understanding of their individual requirements. We encourage students to take an active part in their learning and to take advantage of all opportunities presented to them.

My raising standards role involves the monitoring of student performance in all subjects and ensuring that all make progress across all of their learning aims. Students that fall behind are supported by a dedicated team of academic and pastoral staff. Teaching, Learning and assessment reviews take place as well as Student Voice to ensure that Post 16 continues to move from strength to strength. Pastoral support by tutors and myself ensure that the needs of students can be met to ensure that we provide a holistic approach to study at HLA. A Tutor programme/ assemblies and external visits/ visitors offer a raft of alternative approaches to developing those softer skills such as interview techniques, budgeting, study skills, CVs etc.

Our aspirations are always accompanied with independent, advice and guidance for students. As a result at Post 18 our students apply to Universities, apprenticeships and employment.

 

Examinations

I work closely with the Examinations Officer at HLA. We ensure all the JCQ guidelines are adhered to for external examinations and moderation, students are entered for correct examinations and levels. The timetables for all mocks and external examinations are organised through this department, and information relayed to students, parents and staff as required.

We liaise with the SEND department to ensure all individual needs are accommodated for in mocks and external examinations in line with the JCQ directives.

 

Careers

In partnership with Ray Le Tarouilly, Careers Advisor for the Midlands Academy Trust, we ensure that all KS4 and 5 students have at least one individual careers interview. A variety of careers events are accessed by different year groups and we continue to develop and expand on these activities each year, for example:

UCAS convention

Student Finance

Yr10 Interview day

Skills show

Widening participation visits to University

Outside speakers from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

National Citizenship Service