Careers Advice and Guidance
Students in Year 9 and 11 receive careers advice prior to making option choices for Key Stage 4 and Post-16. These students are provided with interviews to help them decide their future, and Youth Connexions regularly visit the school. Youth Connexions workers attend parents‘ evenings to advise on the choice of options and students are encouraged to use the extensive Connexions Library and to consult Staff. Parents are welcome by arrangement. Our careers officer is Mrs S Slater.
Religious Studies, Assemblies and Collective Worship
Batchwood is a community with shared values and a clearly identified ethos. These values are essentially Christian in nature, but we welcome students from any religious background. Religious Studies is delivered within Humanities at Key Stages 3 and 4 and through Extended Learning Days.
We have two assemblies a week which reflect the religious calendar, celebratory occasions and special events in the life of the school. During registration each morning there is a theme of the week and connected Thoughts for the Day. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the Religious Studies programme and collective worship provided.
A co-ordinated programme of sex education, both formal and informal, is delivered to all students as and when appropriate. It is related to the age and gender of students and to their identified needs. It is dealt with in a sympathetic and sensitive manner, with group discussions taking place in an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect and confidence. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour and moral development.