At Brock we value our high-quality relationships with schools. This is because of the mutual benefits these relationships bring to our institutions, as well as those enjoyed by learners.
To continue developing these strong links we feel it is important to reach out to both teachers and pupils at secondary level through initiatives designed to impart practical advice.
This webpage contains detailed information about the opportunities we provide for prospective students, parents and teachers to ensure a smooth transition into further education.
These include reciprocal visits, supportive literature, information on best practice, and establishing and maintaining useful lines of communication.
Opportunities for learners
Open Events are the principal opportunity for learners and parents to tour our facilities and discover more about the options available by talking to teaching and support staff.
We hold four Open Events each year. These are scheduled for evenings and Saturdays. Find out more about our open events here.
We hold exclusive information events for parents and guardians each week between November and May. These are ideal opportunities to learn about available options.
These events last approximately 90 minutes and include a presentation from senior management and a campus tour to show the college in action. There will also be a Q&A session, plus the chance to speak with current students. Find our more about our parental tours here.
Year 10 Taster Days
This initiative is about giving Year 10 learners a tangible sense of what further education is like.
They can tour the College, speak to teachers and students, find out about courses and enrichment opportunities, and consider practical matters such as travel.
Steps to Success
Steps to Success is a prime opportunity for learners to get helpful advice on GCSE revision and exam strategies, helping them reach their potential.
This free evening event takes place in the summer term. It is led by motivational speakers and has proved very popular.
New students can visit Brock in the summer term for our Freshers’ Day event, which is focussed on giving them a helpful prelude to college life.
This event is an extra opportunity to review subject choices, become familiar with the campus, talk to teachers and meet new friends.
Sports Academy taster sessions
If a learner excels at a sport and wishes to keep playing that sport at Brock, then he or she should can participate in one of our Sports Academy taster sessions.
Sessions are scheduled for the spring term, and each one is focussed on a different sport. Currently we run Sports Academies in Football, Rugby, Hockey, Basketball, and Netball.
Brock Buddy Scheme
To obtain a first-hand account of what life at Brock is like, learners can take advantage of our Brock Buddy scheme.
This initiative involves them spending time on campus alongside a current student who will guide them through a typical day.
Throughout the academic year we visit schools to hold special further education assemblies and careers events.
Importantly, we send out a wide variety of staff such as teachers, progression advisors and members of our senior management team. Student Ambassadors also participate.
Talks and Workshops
We visit schools to speak to learners from Year 7 upwards to encourage learners to think about life after school.
This initiative is about helping pupils consider the different directions they may wish to take rather than specific courses.
Do you feel your learners would benefit from a Brock-led activity in a specific area? If so, then speak to us now to arrange a bespoke event.
Common events include: mock interviews, revision masterclasses, Sports Academy introductions and careers talks.
Schools Sports Partnership
Our Schools Sports Partnership strategy involves pupils from local schools visiting the College to participate in a variety of sporting events.
This means learners will benefit from the use of our facilities for free, as well as gain a clear sense of what sporting life at Brock is like.
Opportunities for teachers
Continued Professional Development (CPD) events
As a teacher you can participate in a range of CPD events designed to equip you with the latest knowledge for advising on further education options.
Events focus on topics such as ‘How to manage the transition to further education’, ‘How further education differs from secondary education’, and ‘What are the latest changes in further education provision?’.
Importantly, CPD events are influenced heavily by feedback from teachers like you. They have worked with us to create a programme that responds to any gaps in knowledge.
Each event lasts approximately two hours and combines talks with interactive sessions.
Learning Walks give you the opportunity to sit in on lessons and experience further education in practice. These can either be generic or subject-specific to provide the exact experience you want.
You can also explore our large, modern campus to obtain a first-hand knowledge of our facilities.
After each Learning Walk there will be a Q&A session and an opportunity to network with fellow teachers and college staff.
Careers Advisors’ Day
Each year we hold an event especially for careers advisors.
This gives them opportunities to discuss important matters with our teaching teams and support staff.
It also serves to inform them about our curriculum and any changes to further education in general.
Our Schools Outreach Newsletter will be sent to your school to keep you in the loop about all the latest developments.
It will include news from the College along with details of upcoming events aimed at both teachers and learners.
To join our mailing list please email firstname.lastname@example.org