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Deciding what to do after School

Some of you may have been at St Mary’s for a long time and so making decisions about what to do next might feel rather daunting. Others of you might be excited by the prospect of pastures new. However you are feeling, it is vital that you give yourself plenty of time to research and consider your options so that you make a decision that is right for you.

Much of the information presented here about after school options comes from Not only is the website a gold mine of information, it also advertises a wide range of exciting opportunities for both Year 11 and Year 13 pupils. advertises a wide range of opportunities for those Year 13 pupils considering routes other than university. Don’t forget that there is also a Careers Adviser in school who can help you as well as numerous members of staff.

Options after Year 11

Starting Year 11 after September 2013 means that you must now stay in education or training until at least your 18th birthday. This doesn’t have to mean staying in school. You can opt to study or train in any of the following ways:

By studying full-time in a school, college or with a training provider.

By taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship.

By working or volunteering full-time, combined with part-time education or training.

There are many things that you must consider when choosing how to continue after Year 11.

How do I learn best?

Do I want to remain in a school environment?

Which establishments offer the courses that I wish to study?

What else do the establishments have to offer?

Does it feel right?

You will find information relating to your different options, including links to useful websites, by navigating the side tabs of this page.

Options after Year 13

There are a number of options available to you after Year 13 which include:

Higher Education

School Leavers Programme

Sponsored Degree Programme


Further Education


Gap Year

You will find information relating to these options, including links to useful websites, by navigating the side tabs of this page.

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