Academic Learning Mentor: Key Stage 4
I am Mrs Esther Gigli, Beacon Hill's KS4 Academic Learning Mentor. I have been at the school since June 2013 and my main role is to mentor all the Year 10 and 11 students, helping them to achieve the best grades they possibly can.
I am also responsible for offering and coordinating Careers advice and work with Inspira to find information tailored to each individual student. I assist in finding education or training for all students post-16. I work with Year 11 on Further Education placements and with Year 10 students for Work Ready Week and Work Experience.
I am happy to work with any student who needs support and if you feel that this would benefit your child, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am based in the Academic Mentoring office on the top floor.
Education to Age 18
Nowadays, all young people in England will have to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean that you have to stay in school, and there are a number of options that you can choose:
• Study full-time such as in a school, college or with a training provider;
• Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training;
• An Apprenticeship
Student of the Month (Key Stage 3 & 4)
Every month, all staff in school vote for one student in Key Stage 3 and one student in Key Stage 4 that they feel has made outstanding academic progress during the previous month. The student in each key stage with the highest votes receives the accolade of being our ‘student of the month' for their Key stage and they receive a certificate and prizes.
Mock Results Day (Year 11)
Every January we run a ‘Mock Results Day' where all Year 11 students attend in the afternoon with their parents/guardians during which they are given their mock results in envelopes. This replicates the experience they will have at the official GCSE results day in August. Based on their mock results, each student talks to their teachers who help them develop targets, which will help them focus towards their GCSE target grades.
Beacon Hill Careers Fair
In partnership with Inspira Cumbria, we hold a very successful Careers Fair early in the Spring Term, for our Year 10 & 11 students. We have the fantastic support of local post-16 providers: Sixth forms, local colleges, the Army, RAF, Apprenticeships and Training Providers. The purpose of this event is to show students the variety of options available to them locally when they leave Beacon Hill and give them the chance to talk to the providers directly.