Year 11 - Letter to Parents - Skills Show Trip to the NEC

Posted: 17/10/2016

We are planning to run an extra-curricular trip to the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the information and guidance offered to Year 11 students in preparation for making their post-16 choice. This trip will take place on Friday 18th November and we will be leaving school by coach at 9am, returning by 3pm. In addition students will need to bring a packed lunch or money to buy their lunch at the show. There will be food outlets there, but prices could be relatively high and queues could be long, please bear this in mind. We also strongly recommend that all students bring plenty of drinks with them to avoid the need for queuing at expensive outlets.

The Skills show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event,  it spotlights more careers, further education and training than other events, with hundreds of different industries, skills and interests to explore.

Attendees can:

  • Try out skills across a huge range of careers, like web design, cooking and telecommunications.
  • Meet top employers like Virgin Media, Toyota, Crossrail and NHS Careers to discuss opportunities.
  • Get expert careers advice about the routes into vocational careers – from university to apprenticeships.

"The Skills Show provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to get face to face careers advice, and also to literally ‘have a go’ and learn new skills." Theo Paphitis, Patron of The Skills Show

At the show students will be able to talk to experts and will be able to partake of a huge variety of hands-on experiences designed to engage young people. This trip to the Skills Show at the NEC is particularly aimed at young people who are looking at apprenticeships and other vocational training routes into employment rather than the traditional academic A level and Higher Education (university) routes.

We do hope you feel able to support this venture by giving permission for your child to attend.  There is a cost of £10 per student for transport. Under the requirements of the Education Reform Act 1996 we can only raise the cost of the visit through voluntary contributions. There is no obligation to contribute and students will not be treated differently according to whether or not any contribution has been made. However, the visit can only take place if the level of support is sufficient. Please indicate on the reply slip if you wish to apply for financial help as we can support families on low income who may be eligible to apply for assistance for their son/daughter through the school.

The deadline for reply slip and payment return is Friday 4th November.  Please return your reply slip and payment to the Finance Office as soon as possible. Cheques should be made payable to “Idsall School Fund”. I am pleased to say that the school can now accept payments online, along with either cash or cheques handed into the Finance Office.  Online payments can be made via ParentPay -www.parentpay.com and it offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. However, please remember to ask your child to hand in your reply slip AND consent form even if you make an online payment.

This is the third year that we will be running a trip to the Skills Show and, as we know that it is a popular trip, it is likely that a reserve list will be drawn up in the event that we exceed the maximum student capacity. The maximum number of students we can take is 40 due to restrictions with the coach size and number of tickets we have. Please note that, as numbers are limited, you will be informed soon after November 4th as to whether your child will be on the trip.  If not, any monies paid will be returned.

Parents and students should also be aware that if a student’s behaviour becomes unacceptable, including the inappropriate use of social media, then the school reserves the right to exclude them from the trip. 

Yours faithfully,          

Mrs P. O’Carroll
Head of I.D.   (Personal, Social, Health Education – Careers Advice and Guidance)

  1. Skills Show Letter 2016

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