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Pre- and Post-16 Support

Government recommendations promote the educational achievement of children with additional needs through to the age of 18. To help build on their academic success, we offer a Post-16 option at High Close. Some pupils who completed Year 11 with us are now being provided with continued social support by the residential staff while they study at local Colleges or volunteer within the local community.

The Key Stage 4 and Post-16 Transition Co-Ordinator works closely with the students in Years 10 and 11 to ensure their transition to further education or the world of work is as smooth as possible.  We also check in on recent leavers and support them where necessary.


At High Close we aim to provide all our Year 11 students with the necessary tools to equip them for life at College or in an Apprenticeship. Many of our students go on to complete their Post-16 courses and Apprenticeships, achieving great success in their new placements.

Looking forward to Post-16 - the process

  • Initial discussions take place in the Year 10 Annual Reviews which the Post-16 Co-Ordinator attends. This helps us to start looking into the right areas of interests.
  • Most of the Post-16 transition work happens in Year 11. Course options are discussed at length and students are guided through the various stages of looking for and enrolling into College or Apprenticeships roles. For local colleges, visits are arranged and Taster Days can be bookedwith support plans starting to be put in place. For students who are looking further afield, the Co-Ordinator can assist the Parents and Carers as they arrange visits and Taster Days.
  • The final application is made by the Parents and Carers, who can seek advice from our Co-Ordinator at any time.
  • Once the students have moved on from High Close, we keep in touch with their Colleges to help support the transition and ensure they have a successful future.

Many of our students have gone on to a very happy and successful college life at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) and Bracknell & Wokingham