Flying Start Portsmouth supports City’s Year 11s with advice on next steps after school

Portsmouth’s year 11 students are being reminded that whatever results they get, help is available from Flying Start Portsmouth. Following this year’s GCSE exams being cancelled due to coronavirus and with year 11 students set to get their GCSE results next week, many students will be thinking ahead and considering options for their future.

Flying Start Logo wHelp is available for students moving on to further education, apprenticeships or work thanks to Flying Start Portsmouth, an award winning initiative from Portsmouth City Council, Southern Universities Network, Portsmouth College, Highbury College and Havant and South Downs College (HSDC), who have combined expertise to provide useful resources, FAQs and activities to prepare students for what lies ahead.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council comments: “While it has been a very unusual year for year 11s, it’s really important families are aware of the support that Flying Start Portsmouth can offer.”

“We often forget the value of having someone to talk to. The team will be able to assist year 11s and their families with helpful advice on further education, work or an apprenticeship.”

Year 11s and their families can contact a careers adviser through the Flying Start Portsmouth website or through Facebook.

Mike Stoneman, Deputy Director of Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said: “Flying Start Portsmouth has helped many families over the last few months by offering tailored advice and supporting those most in need. As we move towards September, our priority is to ensure young people have what they require in order to successfully progress after school.”

Since launching Flying Start Portsmouth, the initiative has won the community impact award at the Sixth Form College Association Awards.

The Flying Start Portsmouth team have provided tips on what to do next after school:

  • Students who are thinking about further education should talk to colleges in the first instance.
  • While grades are important, those who don’t get what they need can always enrol on an alternative course, enabling students to progress.
  • Year 11s who are interested in taking an apprenticeship should register with the government’s apprenticeships website as they will be notified automatically when a suitable apprenticeship becomes available nearby.
  • Year 11s who are unsure what to do still have time to make a plan. Families should get in contact with the Flying Start Portsmouth team to discuss options.
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