GlosCol Events – Dates for Your Diary

Parent Information Sessions 

25th April – Cheltenham
26th April – RFD
27th April – Gloucester
All 6-7pm

24th June 10am-12pm – Gloucester

May Open Evenings

8th – Gloucester
10th – Forest of Dean
15th May – Cheltenham

1-2-1 Advice Appointments

08:30-17:00 Mon-Fri

For more information, please contact GlosCol directly



Work Experience 2017 Letter to Parents:

Dear Parent/Carer,

During the final week of the Summer Term 2017, your child will be undertaking a Work Experience placement at a business of their choosing. The dates for Work Experience for this academic year are 17th – 21st July 2017 (inclusive).

Our aim is for every Year 10 student to be involved in Work Experience. The information and experiences gained during time with employers can be used for; references for Post-16 choices and employment, supporting Post-16 choices and pathways and the development of employability skills and self-reflection and evaluation. Last year, 96% of our students felt that the experience helped motivate them towards trying their very best to achieve their target GCSE Grades and 92% of our students said that it was a valuable experience.

Students are, as far as possible, encouraged to take responsibility for organising their placements in order to allow them the full experience of what it would be like in employment, from applying for jobs to sustaining a job by meeting the expectations of the workplace with regards to punctuality, attendance, presentation and achievement. On this basis, we encourage students to approach businesses by writing a letter or making a telephone call to enquire as to whether they are offering work experience and how to apply. We would also suggest that students do not complete their work experience with direct family members in order to give them the broadest experience possible in preparation for entering employment in full. We are able to support students in placements both within the county and further afield.

In order to find a placement, students should use the local papers, internet and discussions with their subject teachers and Careers staff in school. Work experience is not a career matching exercise, but a chance to gain vital life experiences of the demands of work and the skills and qualities needed. While it is usually preferred by the student and their families that students use this time to experience a job role that they are interested in pursuing in the future, it is not always the case that this is a possibility. We therefore suggest that students focus on the wider benefits and make sure to secure a placement, regardless of whether this is for their future ideal career path or not. If your child requires some further support in their Career choices, they are encouraged to book an appointment with our Careers Adviser who is in school on a Thursday. Appointments can be made via Student Services and you are most welcome to attend alongside your child.

Please note that while students are on Work Experience they are still the responsibility of the school. It is therefore necessary that placements are approved by the school and, to this end, health and safety checks have to be made. These checks are undertaken by an external company who work alongside many other schools in the area. It is therefore vitally important that all required forms are returned by the deadline in order to allow time for these checks to be completed. Checks are regularly made on-site and must be made in order for a placement to be approved.

All of the relevant paperwork for completion has been distributed to students. Please be reminded that the sooner a student approaches a business, the more likely they are to secure their preference.  Spare forms are available in reception.

Therefore, in order to make sure that the process runs smoothly, we will require that every student has arranged their work experience placement by Friday 7th April 2017.

Your child has also been given an assembly outlining all of the areas above but we are eager to secure your support in making this a successful process and experience for your child. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me via email: ellie.o’



Message from the Careers Adviser:

Hello Year 11 Students,

For those of you considering apprenticeships as a first choice or as a possible back up to full time education courses, most apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on:

The following link shows current apprenticeship vacancies within 20 miles distance

Although some of the apprenticeship opportunities are currently not for summer school leavers there will be an increasing number that are as this year proceeds so it is a very good idea to look at this site regularly and apply for vacancies that are right for you.
If you require further information or help to register and apply for suitable vacancies then John Cousins, the school careers adviser can help you with this. gives you an idea of companies and organisations that offer apprenticeships every year. You may want to have a look at some of the websites, perhaps with parents/carers. Remember that some well known companies  will have closing dates for applications while you are still in Year 11.

The Careers Fair on January 26th (in the Sports Hall from 4:30-7:30) will provide an excellent opportunity to find out more about what apprenticeship roles are available with many reputable and well known employers

Thank you

Find Your Future Event – 22.10.2016

On Saturday 22nd October, GROWS and Yes2Jobs are holding a ‘Find Your Future’ Event.

The world is full of possibilities, it’s time to start your adventure!

Have a go at inspiring hands-on activities, listen to awesome real life stories and get top tips from experts – it’s your future, you can make it happen!

Aged 11-14? Book free tickets for you and your family.  Visit or call 01242 714 447

Ticket holders will receive a fantastic goody bag, entry to a prize draw and a free packed lunch!

Address: Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester, GL2 9HW

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust Careers Fair

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust Careers Fair – taking place at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (Atrium Entrance) Saturday 1st October 2016, 09:00-13:30

The event aims to showcase a few of the 350 different careers to choose from in the NHS to year 12 students (current year 11 students).

Entry is by ticket only and during the morning  the young people will attend a series of workshops and see for themselves what difference they could make to people’s lives in the future.

The event will particularly interest students who are considering professional health careers with the spotlight on the familiar allied health professionals (Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist and Radiographer), Doctors, Nurses and Dietetics, but also on the opportunities and professional roles within Medical Physics, Physiological Investigations, research, prosthetics and Neonatal Care.

In summary a fantastic opportunity for young people to visit our Hospital site, attend workshops facilitated by skilled and experienced healthcare staff, participate in discussion and activities and talk to NHS staff about their fulfilling roles and how everyday they contribute to the delivery or support of ‘Best Care for Everyone’.

Where: The Atrium, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester

When: Saturday 1st October 2016, 09:00-13:30

How to book:

Any questions please contact

Glatfelter Apprenticeship Opportunity

Glatfelter, Lydney are manufacturers of speciality papers used in the food and beverage industries. They are part of the global Glatfelter family, which is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, employing over 4,300 people.

An opportunity to join a unique apprenticeship programme has arisen for 2016.

We are looking for four enthusiastic “A level” students (or equivalent), to become part of the future of Glatfelter and undertake a Paper Making apprenticeship. The programme is run at the Paper School in Gernsbach, Germany and taught in English. Following each module, apprentices will return to the Lydney Mill and put into practice the learnings in an operational environment.

You will graduate from the Paper School after three years as a Craftsperson; each year you will spend approximately seven weeks at the school.

Applicants should be expecting to achieve a minimum of two A levels, one of which should be in Maths, Chemistry or Physics at grade C or above. All applicants will hold a grade C at G.C.S.E. in Maths and English.

The closing date is the 30th of June with an assessment centre being held in the first week of July.

If you would like to know more, please e-mail or telephone 01594 842235 and ask for the HR Department.