Careers sessions are part of the PSHE programme in KS3 with discreet lessons from Y9-11.

Post 16 offers an integrated approach to careers, transition planning and work related learning

All key stages offer an enterprise and/or vocational work related programme to develop and support transferable work and independence skills.

Curriculum Offer

In KS3 in Enterprise and Integrated Studies sessions pupils learn to be innovative and practical. This develops skills in the areas of finance, marketing/research, advertising and production.


KS4 Work Related Learning and vocational pathways provide enrichment and extension opportunities through WJEC Vocational Pathways, AIM Awards SEFL. Work experience is offered in Year 10 and 11 as week block placement. Moreover, there is a world of work week involving mock applications and interviews, team building and independence activities

14-19 Vocational Options also enable students to choose other interest areas such as PE, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Health and Social Care, Entry/GCSE Level Art, Food Studies, Land Studies, Retail Studies or College taster sessions. This is an important step in student’s transition, vocational and work related skills progress.


KS5/Post 16 offers independence, basic core skills, work related skills and a personalised curriculum at the core of the teaching in the key stage.

Vocational, Enterprise and Micro Business projects have again proved a an essential part of the offer with the Coffee Bean Cafe, Potting Shed and Fountains Cracking Eggs Company all successful and practical vehicles for work related transferable skills with literacy and numeracy. In all these, our students run their own business enterprises. These are excellent not only as a vocational opportunity but also to develop life and independence skills

Students attend college- Burton and Rodbaston College - for link courses every week. College placements provide an opportunity to study in that environment as a stepping stone for transition at 18/19 years old.

As part of the Post 16 (Sixth Form) Curriculum there is chance to study at both Fountains High School and Burton College as part of a link offer. It is a very exciting opportunity for students to extend their learning in the core Functional Skills as well as a range of Level1/2 courses from the Cambridge Technicals Suite including Applied Science, Art and Design and Health and Social Care taught by Fountains staff but at Burton College. Moreover, Burton College will also offer our students a range of taster courses leading to full courses in Fashion and Design, Motor Vehicle, Construction, Performing Arts and ICT Coding in their new Lego Innovation Centre.


Vocational Options provide enrichment and extension opportunities with students able to choose interest areas including PE, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Health and Social Care, Entry/GCSE Level Art, Food Studies, Land Studies, Retail Studies or College taster sessions.

All pupils take part in world of work week and a variety of Challenge Days to encourage communication and teamwork skills. Extended work experience is organised for students every Tuesday

Supported work experience for SLD students is organised through the Cracking Eggs Company and the vocational provision offer.

Some students are offered Travel Training with great success for their independence on public transport

Y14 KS5 students have an extensive independent and life skills curriculum which includes learning, vocational micro businesses, travel training, residentials, work experience and a new Supported Internship programme at Hobby Craft for 2017-18 for 3 students in Y14 and 3 students for 2018-19 plus 1 student on Project Search programme at Derby Royal Hospital.

Careers Information Advise Guidance

  • PCP/EHCP programme – SENCo’s to develop  with LA and have been very effective in giving advice to colleagues

  • SENCo transition support and careers support from Fountains High School team

  • Vocational  Manager to develop and deliver and analyse impact of vocational offer in school 14-19

  • Senior TA for Work Related Learning in school

  • Individual Careers interviews

  • Pupils will investigate different settings from aged 16 onwards with consultation from the careers service including individual sessions and careers lessons from Y9

  • Work Experience on week block basis and day extended work experience in Y13 or where appropriate to needs and Supported Internships implemented for 4 Y14 students 2019-20

  • Social and independence skills taught on individual needs basis – travel training programme, community based learning programme

  • Destination data shows 96%( 21 students) students placed in college courses up to L1 and the most complex students on community based learning with supported living

  • 1 (4%) NEET student but this has to be confirmed as college placement Autumn 2019

  • The school has embedded the principles of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) throughout with a creative approach

  • All teachers identify ways in which they promote Personal Development for spiritual, moral, social and cultural through opportunities in lessons, discreet careers lessons from Year 9, family learning days, theme days and assemblies.


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Bitham Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0HB

Primary School

Head of School: Nicola Price

t: 01283 247600


High School

Head of School: Gareth Allen

t: 01283 247580



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