Step Into Summer - Oldham Year 11s

Dear Oldham Year 11s,

Congratulations, you made it through! Your GCSE assessments are coming to an end and we hope you are looking forward to a well-deserved break over the summer. This has been a difficult year full of uncertainty, and we want to make sure you know that we are here to help. We looked at the responses and comments on the Year 11 survey that we sent out in March and there are plans in place to help make sure you move smoothly into your Post-16 place. 


You told us that you are worried about…

  • Lost learning
  • Uncertainty over exam grades
  • Meeting new people and making friends
  • Having applied to a college/sixth form or training place without having ever visited in person
  • How you will cope with jumping to a higher level of learning


And that you would like the opportunity to…

  • Get to know students on your course over the summer (by visiting the campus)
  • Experience a day in the life of a college student


Colleges and sixth forms should have contacted you to invite you for a visit, possibly with the opportunity to meet fellow students before you start the course. PLEASE take up this offer. They know that you might be nervous and want you to visit, look around the building, meet tutors, and ask as many questions as you like. You’ll also be able to find out more about course materials to familiarise yourself with some of the work before September, in case you're worried about the jump in learning.


If you want to see more you can check out the Oldham College and Oldham Sixth Form College websites, roam through virtual tours and learn from current students talking about their college experiences. 


If you are worried that you haven’t heard back from applications or haven’t made any, PLEASE contact us at Positive Steps on 0161 621 9400, or email us on If you need help, contact us and we’ll be here to listen and unpick any problem you have. If you have your school career adviser contact details, you can contact them directly if you prefer.


We’d also like to see you in person, so here’s a DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:  Thursday 1st July 2021


Come along to our Year 11 ‘Step into Summer’ event at Positive Steps – this is a great opportunity for you to get support from a range of local agencies  â€“ there will be music, food and the opportunity to chat to a Career Adviser. You can also sign up for summer programmes and check in with college and training providers.


In line with Covid guidelines, the event will be held outdoors, therefore unfavourable weather may lead to cancellation. We will keep all parties informed.


Step Into Summer


Hoping to see you there,

The Oldham Careers Team at Positive Steps




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