During their time at Clarendon pupils are taught life skills, Travel training and given career advice. Along with inclusion programmes at Richmond College, year 11 pupils have an opportunity to experience further education and what life will be like after Clarendon.
At the Secondary Centre we have a Travel Training Co-ordinator who takes pupils out for travel training. This gives all pupils the opportunity to learn about how to use public transport safely, effectively and independently. We are also able to access further travel training support from AfC and other neighbouring authorities.
In years 10 and 11 Careers Education is taught as part of our citizenship and life skills curriculum. Richmond Education Business Partnership support with this, and offer interview practice. In some cases, young people likely to require support with independent living in adulthood are support by the LA Transitions Officer.
From year 9 we provide an individually tailored range of academic and vocational courses. These include GCSEs, Entry Level Certificates, Adult Literacy and Numeracy Qualifications, BTECs, Unit Awards, the Asdan Youth Award Scheme and an accredited cycle maintenance qualification. Some pupils can also access other courses in mainstream schools.
In year 11 pupils attend a link course one day each week at a Richmond college, preparing them for life beyond school. Pupils participate in workplace visits and in blocks of work experience. At the end of year 11 pupils are presented with a Record of Achievement, summarising and celebrating their many attainments and successes through the school.
Clarendon are keen to keep in touch with past pupils. Many of our past pupils come along to the weekly club ‘Youth Club’ held at Clarendon on Wednesday evenings. The Youth Club organises a range of activities which continue to develop pupils’ social and life skills. Youth club recently had a residential trip to Braggers Wood, where students past and present took part in activities such as archery, zip wire and a football match against some neighbouring scouts as well as sitting around a camp fire in the evening.