Transition & Careers
The aim of Hunters Hill Transition Team is to successfully transition all of our students to an appropriate post 16 destination. We use a wide variety of interventions in order to achieve this, some of which are in more detail below.
Chris Bird - Inclusion Manager
I started at Hunters Hill in 1997 on a work placed study programme and was offered a full time position in 1998. In 2012 I joined the transition team and developed schemes of work to support post 16 planning, work experience and careers development. During my time at Hunters Hill I have undertaken courses to secure highest level awards in care management and intervention training including restorative practice and outdoor education. I am very proud of my career to date at Hunters Hill and the opportunities that we provide for our pupils both pre 16 and beyond.
Stephen Hall - Inclusion Manager
I started at Hunters Hill in 2011 as a volunteer and enjoyed it so much that in 2012 I was employed as a Residential School Care Worker. As a Care Worker I was based in Cropwood House working with Key Stage 4 students and took an interest in ensuring our students moved on successfully after leaving Hunters Hill. In 2015 I joined the Transition Team and I’m proud of the team’s record of securing appropriate destinations for our students. Throughout my time at Hunters Hill I have completed various charity challenges including the 3 Peaks Challenge and the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge.
Geoff Bown - Independent Careers Advisor
I started working with young people who have Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties in 1982, I worked at a Community Home with Education as an Outdoor Activity Instructor / Residential Social Worker, in later years I was involved in supporting young people with their transition into further Education and independence. In 2002 I joined Connexions as an Intensive Personal Adviser / Careers Adviser, and in 2007 was allocated Hunters Hill delivering impartial advice and guidance, and supporting the leavers with their transition into Further Education and Training. Since the demise of the Connexions Service in 2012 I have continued in the same role but as an Independent Careers Adviser.
Work Experience is an important activity at Hunters Hill College for our Year 10 and Year 11 students. It is an excellent opportunity for students to get a better understanding of the world of work. A typical placement will give you the opportunity to work through a range of tasks and duties, similar to that of an employee. The focus is normally on learning through experience and shadowing trained staff in order to learn new skills.
Work Experience takes place in the week prior to the Easter Holidays and the week prior to the Summer holidays. We encourage parents/carers to support students by sourcing and applying for placements throughout the Autumn term. Placements should be organised to suit the needs of the individual pupil, their parents/carers and the workplace provider, these needs are normally discussed as part of an interview before the placement starts.
The transition team are happy to offer support in sourcing and applying for placements, so please get in touch if you need to.
The Transition Team use Alternative Provision as an intervention to offer a personalised curriculum to students with the aim to enhance their outcomes. We have strong links with a variety of Alternative Provider’s across the Midlands area that gives us access to a range of courses including; Motor Vehicle, Construction, Music, Media, Sport and more.
Students can attend alternative provision from one to five days a week depending on their individual needs, this will be discussed with parents/carers and the student prior to commencement. Students will remain on roll at Hunters Hill and therefore the Transition Team will monitor attendance, behaviour and academic progress closely and will visit the students at least once a term.
We have a good track record with using Alternative Provision as a successful intervention to support a successful post 16 transition. If you would like any further information, please speak to a member of the team.
Moving on from School can create anxiety for young people, therefore the Transition Team host and coordinate numerous events to better prepare our students for their post 16 transition.
Every September we host our annual World of Work Day where we give all of our students the opportunity to explore career choices and meet directly with people from the world of work.
Every November all of our Key Stage 4 students access the Skills Show at the NEC, which is the nation’s largest skills and careers show. It gives students the opportunity to speak to colleges, employers and training providers and to take part in a variety of ‘have a go’ activities.
Throughout the year students have access to a variety of taster days at local colleges, where they will get a tour of the College, meet with key staff and get a taste of specific lessons and courses. For our students who require more specialist post 16 provision we are happy to set up and support 1:1 visits.
Due to the interventions above, we have a very successful record of moving our students on to appropriate post 16 destinations. We offer support throughout the post 16 process and are happy to help with completing application forms, attending interviews and additional needs interviews, travel training and enrolment. Our Independent Careers Advisor will offer intensive support to ensure all students are able enrol successfully.
The transition team will offer a level of support after enrolment to ensure that our students have settled in to College life. If required, our Independent Careers Advisor will signpost and support students to alternative placements to ensure all of our post 16 students are in education, employment or training.
We love hearing from our ex-students and every February we invite a group of students back into School to have a tour, share their stories and inspire our current students.