You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays.

You must then do one of the following until you’re 18:

  • stay in full-time education, for example at a college
  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

More Information can be found on gov.uk website

Young people are required to continue in education, training or apprenticeships to the age 18.  Known as Raising the Participation Age, local authorities are responsible for promoting this, and developing a local strategy.

For some pupils this will mean progressing on to A levels at either Sprowston Sixth Form or another local provider.

Some pupils will progress on to a Further Education on a full time vocational course.

Some pupils will progress on to an Apprenticeship or another form of work based learning (this must be alongside an accredited qualification).

Some pupils may want to do a part time qualification alongside voluntary work.

All of these variations meet the requirements of the Raising Participation Age legislation.


If you have any questions regarding this, please speak to one of the Careers Advisers in school.

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