Plumpton College provides an individualised vocational curriculum for students wanting to broaden their horizons from year ten onwards.
Specialist vocational facilities and industry-trained and experienced tutors provide an excellent entry point into their chosen vocation. Students are supported and able to develop the skills needed to succeed.
From their starting point, students will experience the highest standards for learning and be supported to progress onto further study up to degree level, apprenticeships and or work. Students benefit from smaller class sizes. Students must have turned 14 at the start of the academic year.
Electively Home Educated students
Parents of Year 10 and Year 11 pupils, who are home educating their children, can now apply for a vocational programme for their child. The usual schedule of study is three days a week. Students can choose vocational subjects that interest them alongside their core subjects in English, maths, PSHE and science.
Plumpton College will only consider home-educated students whose parents can confirm their child's home-educated status (e.g. a copy of the de-registration letter). They must have been out of education for at least six months. If accepted onto a course, the student's course will be funded by the Education Funding & Skills Agency. However, costs of course materials and travel (equipment, course handbooks, safety wear) are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are currently no bursaries for students on a 14-16 programme.
14 – 16 Schools
We offer Key Stage 4 students the opportunity to explore their interests, enhance their skills and introduce them to vocational-related learning through participation in several inspiring vocational/technical programmes. All courses deliver accredited qualifications designed to assist with a clear post-16 progression pathway.
These 14-16 courses are suitable for students of all abilities. The school release programme will put students at an advantage to progress to higher-level vocational/ technical qualifications, apprenticeships or employment.
Any offer on this programme is dependent on the relevant school agreeing to release the learner one day a week, pay the applicable cost and provide any additional support requirements. Applicants under 16 years of age or compulsory school age on school roll must prove that their headteacher or head of year agree to them studying at the College. All correspondence will be sent via the designated lead/contact at the school.
We have been oversubscribed for our Elective Home Educated Courses so we are currently pausing applications. If you are interested please complete the Register Interest Form and we will be in contact if we are able to take any further applications.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our School Link Programme and an application form.
When is the application deadline?
The priority deadline for applications is 31st January. We encourage students to apply by this date in order to ensure a place on their preferred course. We are happy to accept applications after this date but we cannot guarantee your course selection.
Are you currently running Open Events?
We have a number of dates scheduled for our Open Events, please head to our Calendar of Events to find out when they are and book your place.
Does my school have to be involved in this process?
Yes, any offer on this programme is dependent on the relevant school agreeing to release the learner one day a week, pay the relevant fee and provide any additional support requirements. Applicants under 16 years of age or compulsory school age on school roll must produce evidence that their head teacher or head of year agree to them studying at the College.
Is there an interview process?
Yes, once an application has been received an interview will be scheduled. Questions will be asked about your schooling, including attendance, attitude to learning and what support needs you may have. It is important that a good overview is given so we can make the right decision about the course offer.
A place can only be offered if the school are in agreement and can fund the place on the course.
Do I have to wear uniform?
Schools students do not have to wear their school uniform. Dress is expected to be smart, casual and suited to the course attending with certain clothing requirements for some courses.
The wearing of the college lanyard is compulsory at all times and is a means of confirming students and staff on site.
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