The school held a transition event for parents/carers and young people on Thursday 13th June. Once again, the event was a great success with many people attending to look at post-school options for students and receive advice and guidance from professionals.
As a school we have put a lot of work into ensuring our young people have a voice and that they have a part to play in shaping provision. The school has been heavily involved in East Kent Mencap’s Pupil Voice project, ‘Valuing People Now’ which has encouraged our young people to speak out and be heard.
As a result of the work that has been done in school, and with the support of KCC’s Supported Internship programme, 4 of our 6th formers have taken part in internships this year, some of whom have since been offered employment or apprenticeships.
Opening the event was Penny Southern, KCC Corporate Directory of Adult Social Care & Health. Penny said that she was delighted to have been asked to open the event. She said that the event demonstrates a pathway for young people into adult life, explaining that “they are at the centre of everything we do”.
Penny said that KCC have listened to parents so that pathways are in place for 16-25 year olds. Penny thanked the school for inviting her and finished by saying that the school (and our students) have done really well.
Some 20 providers and agencies had stalls at the event and spoke with parents/carers and young people about their provision. They included Kent Autistic Trust, Kent Supported Employment and Tuck by Truck.
As a school we will continue to ensure that our young people have their voices heard. The school will continue to work with young people, parents, carers and agencies to ensure that options for school leavers increase and that provision meets the needs of the people rather than people fitting pre-defined criteria.
A big ‘thank you’ must go to Sharon Bremner, our Family Liaison Officer, for organising this important event. Also, thanks should go to Michelle Hosken from East Kent Mencap who has supported the school over the past couple of years and assisted Sharon in organising this important event.