A Different Way of Learning

Based at Park Lane Campus, the 14+ Apprenticeship Academy supports students through GCSEs while offering a vocational element to their studies. The academy offers a different environment to students who may not enjoy school but have the motivation and desire to progress with their studies. 

Alongside studying for traditional qualifications in English, maths, business and science, you will develop skills and knowledge in other areas that are desired by employers. You will also complete work experience and carry out vocational study in a field you hope to pursue. We offer support from expert staff, ensuring that you can achieve and progress.


Why should you consider the 14+ Apprenticeship Academy?

We are an outstanding provision (Ofsted, February 2018) that delivers both a stimulating educational environment and an inclusive and supportive community for 14 and 15 year olds.

With a strong focus on developing real world and employability skills, the academy delivers close pastoral support and strong communication with parents and carers. The strength of our provision is externally recognised and a recent assessment by Ofsted graded us as “Outstanding.”

Smaller class sizes
With a class size of no more than 20, our team understands how to get the best out of our learners with tailored teaching to match individual needs.

Excellent progress
Our learners frequently make excellent progress. On average, we secure a 98% academic pass rate for our learners. All students are given the tools and guidance to help them advance into further education, apprenticeships, or employment.

Outstanding outcomes
100% of our learners progress successfully on to post-16 education or training across a range of provisions; whether that’s A levels, apprenticeships, or vocational options.

Innovative use of learning technology
Through our partnership with Google, we equip staff and students with the latest technological knowledge. Our students also develop skills in a modern, interactive environment.

Strong parent partnerships
We pride ourselves on our supportive relationships with parents and carers. We place engagement with families at the heart of our work.

Outstanding external reviews
Describing our provision, Ofsted stated: “Students thrive in the highly supportive college environment and make outstanding progress.”


How to apply

We offer around 80 to 100 places each year but we receive many more applications than what we are unfortunately able to accept. Due to the high volume of applications, we receive there is a robust recruitment plan that you have to complete for your application to be considered. Below are the five stages of applying, each of which must be completed.

It is essential that you attend an open event with a parent/carer. We are strong believers that before you apply, you need to see what you are applying for! Our open events are also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have and take a tour of the academy. Without attending, you are unable to apply for a place at the academy.

Once you are satisfied with everything you’ve heard from staff and current students at the open event, it’s time for you to complete an application (copies of which are only available at the open events). It’s important you are as honest as possible on your application as we would like to know the real you and your reasons for wanting to join. As part of the application, you are also required to send us your latest school reports (academic, behaviour and attendance).

Once we receive your application you will be invited to attend an assessment session (English, maths and science) which usually lasts no more than one hour. These assessments do not have any impact whatsoever on if your application is successful or not, but let’s us assess your levels so we can help you from day one in September when you join!

In addition to attending an assessment session, you will also be invited to an interview. The informal interview will be between you and at least one staff member from the academy. This lets us get to know you a little more (and lets you get to know us too!) and is a perfect opportunity for us to understand your motivation for wanting to join and ask any questions we might have from reading your application. Your parents/carers are more than welcome to accompany you to this interview, but they don’t have to!

Should you reach this stage, you may be invited to attend a taster day. On this day, you will meet with potential peers and staff taking part in various sessions which allows us to see how you interact with others. The sessions may be subject based, but usually involve fun team building activities! You will hear from us shortly after the taster day with a decision on whether your application is successful. Good luck!


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