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Year 13 Destinations


Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is part of the tutorial curriculum for our KS5 students. The CEIAG KS5 programme at Plume College aims to inspire students to make informed and appropriate choices and plans for their future course choices, for Further and Higher Education, and ultimately for their careers.


We provide opportunities for a range of education and training providers to speak to our students to inform them about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships, and we also promote and have access to a range of education and training providers to best suit their needs and aspirations. This was particularly evident at our careers fair where students had the chance to network with over 60 employers and education providers.

At the end of Year 12, all students undertook work shadowing experience placements in Year 12. Work, laboratory and other experience is now increasingly used as a criterion for entry both to vocational and other degree courses at university, and also for other courses, scholarships and applications (whether job, apprenticeship, Armed Forces or other).

To ensure that all Year 13 students are supported with making informed decisions on their post-18 destinations, targeted support is provided in the summer term of Year 12. During this time, a structured tutorial programme is delivered detailing all post-18 options. Student surveys are also used to identify any students that need additional support. These students then receive a careers appointment with our independent and impartial careers advisors, Directions. We encourage all our students, at the appropriate time, to book a careers appointment.


In 2023, we saw a large increase in the number of students progressing to university. 59% (44.6% in 2022) of students went on to HE courses with the vast majority gaining a place at their first choice university, including Russell Group Universities.  


In 2023, 9% (13.9% in 2022) moved onto Training /Apprenticeships and 19% (29.7% in 2022) into Employment. 10% (5.9% in 2022) are taking gap years in 2023 and only 3% (4% in 2022) of students were potential NEET which was below the Essex average of 4.6%, however, we are providing ongoing CEIAG support to these students. We are delighted with the results achieved by the students and we wish them the best of luck in their chosen career paths.

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