Decisions Post-16

Young people must continue in some form of education and training until their 18th birthday. This could be through:

  • studying full-time at a school, college or training provider, or;
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship, or;
  • studying part-time while working or volunteering

The Department for Education (DfE) has produced a video outlining the education options for those aged 16+.

Regardless of what they choose, young people who did not get a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths at GCSE must continue their study to achieve this grade.

In Bexley, the following types of learning are available for post-16 study:

Academic Qualifications

A-Levels are similar in style to GCSEs that prepare you for further study, mainly university or college but can also take you into an apprenticeship or work.

The International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognised qualification, which promotes breadth and depth of learning for those wanting to progress to university. Bexley Grammar School delivers the International Baccalaureate in Bexley.

Providers of Academic Qualifications
Provider Website Telephone number
Beths Grammar School www.beths.bexley.sch.uk 01322 556538
Bexley Grammar School www.bexleygs.co.uk 020 8304 8538
Bexleyheath Academy www.bexleyheathacademy.org 020 8303 5969
Blackfen School for Girls www.blackfenschoolforgirls.co.uk 020 8303 1887
Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar www.csgrammar.com 020 8302 6511
Christ the King: St Mary’s www.ctksfc.ac.uk 020 8309 4760
Cleeve Park School www.cleevepark-tkat.org 020 8302 6418
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford www.haaf.org.uk/Crayford-Home 01322 402180
Harris Academy Falconwood www.harrissixthform.org.uk 020 8304 4916
Harris Garrard Academy www.harrisgarrard.org.uk 020 8320 4800
King Henry School www.kinghenry.org.uk 01322 348231
Townley Grammar School www.townleygrammar.org.uk 020 8304 8311
Trinity School www.trinity.bexley.sch.uk 01322 441371
Welling School www.wellingschool-tkat.org 020 8304 8531

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a real job with training and a salary which can lead you on to a higher level or degree apprenticeship, university or work.

Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised online at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship and through the Bexley apprenticeship providers listed below.

Providers of Apprenticeships
Provider Website Telephone number
FWD Training & Consultancy Ltd www.fwdtraining.com 020 8304 3666
Lifetime Training www.lifetimetraining.co.uk 0333 0143 669
London Skills for Growth www.skillsforgrowth.org.uk 020 8221 0500
London South East Colleges www.lsec.ac.uk 0300 303 2554
North Kent College www.northkent.ac.uk 01322 629400
Umbrella Training www.umbrellatraining.co.uk 0333 577 2557

Technical and Vocational Qualifications

Technical and vocational qualifications are work focused study programmes that give you the preparation and training needed for work or an apprenticeship. Although they mainly lead students into work or an apprenticeship, they can also lead to college.

Providers of Technical and Vocational Qualifications
Provider Website Telephone number
Bexleyheath Academy www.bexleyheathacademy.org 020 8303 5969
Blackfen School for Girls www.blackfenschoolforgirls.co.uk 020 8303 1887
Christ the King: St Mary’s www.ctksfc.ac.uk 020 8309 4760
Cleeve Park School www.cleevepark-tkat.org 020 8302 6418
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford www.haaf.org.uk/Crayford-Home 01322 402180
Harris Academy Falconwood www.harrissixthform.org.uk 020 8304 4916
Harris Garrard Academy www.harrisgarrard.org.uk 020 8320 4800
King Henry School www.kinghenry.org.uk 01322 348231
London College of Performing Arts www.londoncollegeofperformingarts.com 020 8312 1659
London Skills for Growth www.skillsforgrowth.org.uk 020 8221 0500
London South East Colleges www.lsec.ac.uk 0300 303 2554
North Kent College www.northkent.ac.uk 01322 629400
Trinity School www.trinity.bexley.sch.uk 01322 441371
Welling School www.wellingschool-tkat.org 020 8304 8531

Traineeships

Traineeships give you the preparation you need to go into a job or an apprenticeship. There’s some study involved, but they focus on work skills and include a placement with an employer.

Providers of Traineeships
Provider Website Telephone number
All Dimension Ltd www.alldimension.co.uk 020 8308 0280
Bodyshots Boxing Academy www.bodyshotsboxingacademy.co.uk 01322 931137
Charlton Athletic Community Trust www.cact.org.uk 07972 668634
Ixion Holdings www.ixionholdings.com 07507 558470
London Skills for Growth www.skillsforgrowth.org.uk 020 8221 0500
London South East Colleges www.lsec.ac.uk 0300 303 2554

SEN Provision

These providers offer post-16 education to young people with learning difficulties or disabilities or with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Providers of SEN Provision
Provider Website Telephone number
London South East Colleges www.lsec.ac.uk 0300 303 2554
Marlborough School www.marlborough.bexley.sch.uk 020 8300 6896
Woodside Academy www.woodside.bexley.sch.uk 01322 350123
Post-16 Open Event Diary 2020
Provider Date Website
Beths Grammar School Monday 23 November (virtual event - visit their website for details) www.beths.bexley.sch.uk/
Bexley Grammar School Monday 23rd November (virtual event - visit their website for details) www.bexleygs.co.uk/
Bexleyheath Academy Thursday 26 November (visit their website for details) sites.google.com/aetinet.org/bexleyheath-academy
Blackfen School for Girls Virtual open event available now www.blackfenschoolforgirls.co.uk/
Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School Virtual open event available now www.csgrammar.com/
Christ the King: St Mary’s Saturday 14 November 9.30am - 1pm (virtual event) www.ctkstmarys.ac.uk/
Cleeve Park School Please check our website for details of our virtual tour www.cleevepark-tkat.org/
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy Tuesday 17 November (visit their website for details) www.habscrayford.org.uk/
Harris Academy Falconwood Virtual open event available now www.harrisfalconwood.org.uk/
Harris Garrard Academy Virtual open event available now www.harrisgarrard.org.uk/
King Henry School Virtual open event available now www.kinghenry.org.uk/
London College of Performing Arts Please contact the college for further information www.londoncollegeofperformingarts.com/
LSEC: Bexley Campus Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 November (virtual events - visit their website for details) www.lsec.ac.uk/locations/bexley
LSEC: Construction campus Tuesday 17 November (virtual event - visit their website for details) www.lsec.ac.uk/locations/bexley
Marlborough School Please contact the school to arrange an appointment www.marlborough.bexley.sch.uk/
North Kent College - Dartford campus Virtual campus tours available now www.northkent.ac.uk/
North Kent College - Gravesend campus Virtual campus tours available now www.northkent.ac.uk/
Townley Grammar School Monday 23 November (virtual event - visit their website for details) www.townleygrammar.org.uk/
Trinity School Virtual open event available now www.trinity.bexley.sch.uk/
Welling School Virtual open event available now www.wellingschool-tkat.org/
Woodside Academy Please contact the school to arrange an appointment www.woodside.bexley.sch.uk/

The following providers have open days and assessments throughout the year. Please visit their websites for dates and further information:

Parents/carers checklist

  • encourage your son or daughter to research their options using the post-16 directory
  • check the dates of post-16 open events and put them in your diary
  • encourage your son or daughter to discuss their options with their school’s careers and education advice service, or contact the National Careers Service
  • ensure application forms are completed and submitted on time – sixth form and college applications typically open in October
  • if your son or daughter is interested in an apprenticeship or traineeship get them to register with the National Apprenticeship Service – a number of larger companies advertise their apprenticeship opportunities for school leavers between November and February
  • sign-up for the London Borough of Bexley’s jobs and opportunities for young people newsletter to receive information and inspiration on post-16 opportunities, and encourage your son or daughter to do the same
  • if you are worried about finances contact sixth forms, colleges and training providers and ask about the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund
  • support your son or daughter to develop a back-up plan, just in case

The Post-16 Directory detailing the learning offer starting in September 2021 is available to download.

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