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  • Introduction

    Information, Advice and Guidance forms an integral part of student life at Soham Village College. Individual support is always available from Tutors, Year Heads and Student Services. Information, Advice and Guidance can be accessed from Mrs Braggins in the Resource Centre at lunch times and after school, no appointment is necessary. Students can also gain information from the Careers Library in the Resource Centre. Careers programmes are also available on all the schools networked computers – these can range from job information searches to accessing Kudos, a computerised questionnaire to help students to identify possible careers paths. Students may also visit places of employment and Colleges of Further Education.

  • Information, Advice & Guidance

    Information, advice and guidance is given to students as they progress through Soham Village College, especially at times when important decisions have to be made during Year 9 when GCSE options are decided and Year 10 and 11 when Post 16 options are decided.

    Post 16 advice is included in the Personal Development Programme which forms part of the curriculum of all students. Students are also given up to date information to support Further Education College and Sixth Form choice.

    With the new government initiative, Raising of the Participation Age, whereby students have to stay in education or training until they are 18, all students are encouraged to apply to Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms. Full and part-time courses are available at Cambridge Regional College, College of West Anglia at Milton, Comberton Sixth Form, Cottenham Sixth Form, Ely College Sixth Form, Forest Heath Sixth Form, Hills Road Sixth Form, Impington International Sixth Form, Long Road Sixth Form, Netherhall Sixth Form, and West Suffolk College. Reports from the Sixth Form Centres show that many Soham Village College Students do well both at A-level and Vocational Courses and a large percentage go on to University.

  • Work Related Learning Day

    All Year 10 students attend a Work Related Learning Day in the Summer Term. They come to school dressed for an interview and work through a programme of events during the day. They choose a job to apply for. Write a CV and letter of application and have an interview. This a very enjoyable day and certificates are given to the best dressed, the best interview and the best letter of application.

  • Targeted Independent Advice

    Soham Village College has limited access to an independent guidance advisor from Cambridgeshire County Council Student Support Service. Students with specific needs will be forwarded by Mrs Braggins if they require specialist advice and guidance.

  • Targeted Work Experience

    If students are studying a vocational course in Year 10 such as ASdan, Vocational Studies or Uniformed Services then they will be required as part of their course to carry out work experience during July of Year 10. This will be one or two weeks in length and organised by Mrs Braggins and their subject teacher.

    If any other student in Year 10 wishes to carry out an independent work placement then they can organise their own placement in July at the same time as the vocational students or during the holidays. Please let Mrs Braggins know if you are intending to do this. Please note that work experience is not required by sixth form colleges as part of your college application.

  • Apprenticeships

    Want to find out about what an Apprenticeship is? Then click the link below.

  • Bishop Laney's Charity

    Bishop Laney's Charity
    Charity Registration No. 311306

    41 St. Mary's Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4HF
    01353 662595 or 01353 663444
    01353 666119
    • Introduction

      Bishop Laney died on 24th January 1674, bequesting his estate into a charitable trust. The present day income from this trust must be applied in fulfilling the following objects:-

      In providing financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments or books to enable beneficiaries on leaving school, university or other educational establishment to prepare for or assist their entry into a profession, trade or calling,

      In awarding exhibitions or grants tenable to any secondary school, college, education, university or other institution of further (including professional and technical) education,

      In otherwise promoting the education (including social and physical training) of beneficiaries.

      "Beneficiaries", means persons under the age of 25 years, who are resident in the parishes of Ely, Soham or their neighbouring villages within the county of Cambridgeshire.

      A typical grant for University would be £250 in the first year and £150 in subsequent years though this may be varied depending on the specific course and its needs. Those people entering an apprenticeship as perhaps a hairdresser, electrician, carpenter or plumber will be eligible for £600 over the period of their apprenticeship.

      The day to day administration of the charity is handled by the secretary, Richard Tyler, at Whiting & Partners' Ely Office. All decisions on payment of grants are made by the six trustees, collectively, who meet approximately four times a year.

      If you feel you may be eligible either Telephone: 01353 662595 and ask for Richard or Barbara and you will be sent an application form.

      Alternatively you can download an application form from:-

      Replies must be handwritten as attachments are necessary.