You may have a very clear idea about what you would like to do as a future career; alternatively you may have no idea. Your choices may be influenced by your ambitions, skills or interests. To help you make up your mind you will be able to claim a small grant from the Council to contribute towards a visit to a mainland college or school.
As a resident of the Isles of Scilly you may be eligible for a grant to support your access to learning at a mainland institution.
The first stage in choosing your post-16 options should be to decide what you want / need to study to reach your desired career before you choose a school or college where you can study these options.
Where you go to study your choices may not be an easy decision as you will also need to find somewhere to live.
Your choices could be either:
- Further Education (FE) College (e.g. Truro and Penwith, Exeter, or one of the Cornwall College campuses (Camborne, Duchy Stoke Climsland, Falmouth, Saltash)
Each College offers a wide range of vocational and academic qualification routes. You will normally need to find your own accommodation provider.
State boarding school (e.g. Queen Elizabeth College, Crediton)
Normally offer a mainly academic qualification route, with accommodation. They may also offer boarding accommodation for students attending a nearby FE college.
- Maintained School with a sixth form, within Cornwall
- Independent School with a sixth form
These are fee paying non-maintained schools normally offering a range of academic qualification pathways frequently with boarding provision.
Becoming an apprentice
These are paid jobs on Scilly or the mainland with training blocks at a FE college. Further advice can be found on the Council's Lifelong Learning pages
Getting a job
You will need to find a job that has some element of training to make sure that you do have every opportunity to reach your full potential. You may find a job on Scilly, the mainland or even in the armed services.
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to gain lots of different experiences working for a range of organisations. These new experiences will add to your CV and boost your employment prospects.
A supported internship helps young people aged 16-24 with complex needs or disabilities into the world of work and supported preparation for adulthood. These schemes are run by mainland based colleges. If you think your child may benefit from this pathway please contact the Children’s Services team.