At Pioneer House High School we recognise the importance of accreditation for young people, their families and for employers. Each pupil works towards an appropriate, meaningful and relevant accreditation portfolio of value to the pupil and recognised by future employers.
Externally moderated accreditation is used in KS4 and KS5 to reward and acknowledge skills and achievements. Two main boards are used for this – Gateway and City and Guilds. We aim for all students leave the school with a range of accreditation that recognises their outstanding achievement, and best prepares them for future of meaningful employment or further training.
Students will build a personal portfolio of meaningful and employer recognised accreditation through:
- Gateway Entry Level and/or Level One Accreditation for Core Subjects (Maths, English and Computing) at the end of KS4;
- Gateway Entry Level and/or Level One Accreditation in Personal Progress at the end of KS4;
- Gateway and/or City and Guilds Functional Skills qualifications in Maths, English and ICT in KS5 and
- City and Guilds Skills for Working Life qualifications in KS5.
Accreditation will reflect the pupil’s own level of achievement in line with the curriculum and assessment strategies. The school will use schemes of work, designed to meet individual need and accredit these where appropriate with Entry Level and/or Level One Units of accreditation. Pupils will receive national accreditation only if they satisfy the ratifying board that they have met the criteria of the nationally endorsed scheme.
Gateway qualifications relating to Personal Progress and Maths, English and Computing will be offered over KS4 at Entry level 1, 2 and/or 3 as appropriate; individual arrangements will be made for those pupils working towards NVQ Level 1 qualifications.
Gateway and/or City and Guilds qualifications in Functional Skills and City and Guilds qualifications Skills for Working Life will be offered at Entry level; individual arrangements will be made for those pupils working towards NVQ Level 1 qualifications.