At Attleborough Academy we can offer a unique learning pathway that allows us to match the individual need, ability and interest of a student with a programme of study that most effectively prepares them for a bright future. The introduction of the A2A programme in September 2016 has enabled us to offer students a bespoke course which combines subjects taught in school, business and industry engagement, and valuable work experience. The entire year’s programme is constructed to support successful progression towards each student’s individual future goals.
This one year pathway of study aims to provide a bridge between Year 11 completion and the next stage, effectively preparing students for the world of work, for embarking on apprenticeships, or, by increasing their qualifications, improving their readiness to begin full A Level courses in the near future. The majority of students joining the A2A group at the academy will carry out one day a week work experience with a local business or industry.
Since this course began, A2A students have gathered substantial and meaningful work related skills in a diverse range of placements, which have included construction companies, car mechanic firms, businesses, wellbeing, leisure, care homes and charity organisations, retail businesses and educational and medical institutions. Students participating in the A2A programme will also have timetabled taught lessons within the academy for GCSE retakes, (with particular focus on English and Maths) and/ or additional Level 2 qualifications. All students will study for the Extended Project Qualification which will be focused on their specific area of interest or future goals. They will also have supervised guided study periods and will receive substantial tutor and mentoring support.
If you are a student who previously felt that Sixth Form was not the place for you – either because you desire to follow a less traditional and more work related programme of learning, or because you did not yet achieve the required quantity of GCSE and equivalent passes to begin A Level study – this is the pathway for you.