Richard Challoner School

Information for Parents

Helping students to think about the future doesn’t just happen in school. They will meet and know many adults and peers who will have an input into how young people plan ahead.

Please have those conversations at home and speak about the activities that are happening at school.

Every year there will be a parents careers survey where we will ask for your feedback and provide support.

You can contact the careers lead via the contact form.

Here are some useful websites that might be helpful to you...


June 2023 Apprenticeship parent pack

In this edition, you will find a guide on what to look out for and consider when looking for an LGBTQ+ inclusive apprentice employer, as we celebrate Pride month and remember that the apprenticeship programmes support everyone.


Attachment is at the bottom of the page.

A video for parents/carers regarding CEIAG at Richard Challoner 




Examinations 2023 (Years10-13)

Ofqual has confirmed that examinations will return to pre-pandemic grading in 2023, meaning students will not receive advance notice of any aspects of their syllabus the exams will cover. However, there will still be support in form of formulae in Maths and some science subjects. Full details are here.

Results day for GCSE will be 24 August 2023 and sixth form qualifications on 17 August 2023.




Supporting teens with revision (Years 10-13)

Years 11 and 13 will be taking their finals this summer, and Years 10 and 12 will sit mocks. Parents can’t revise for their teens, but they can help them develop a good system that works well for them, as well as providing support at home to keep them strong, both mentally and physically. Do share some of our articles with your parents on how they can help:




Homelife influences success (Years 10-13)

Parents can give a great deal of support by helping their teens establish habits that will support their studies, not only with revision but with good lifestyle routines, such as being active, eating well and getting enough sleep. This is a good time to share The Parents’ Guide to Homelife and exam revision – GCSE or The Parents’ Guide to Homelife and exam revision – sixth form (free to school members).





What’s next after GCSE? (Years 10-11)

It’s never too soon to plan ahead. For parents to have comfortable conversations with their teens about what they might like to after GCSE, they need to know what the options are! We’ve created a summary in our article: The Parents’ Guide to What my child can do after GCSEs and there’s full details in our specialist guide: The Parents’ Guide to Post 16 Options (free to members).




What’s next after sixth form? (Years 12-13)

For parents to have comfortable conversations with their teens about what they might like to after sixth form/college, they need to know what the options are! We’ve created a summary in our article: The Parents’ Guide to Options after school or college - helping your teen decide and there’s full details in our specialist guide: The Parents’ Guide to Post 18 Options (free to members).




Coming up: Stress Awareness Month

April is stress awareness month - raising awareness and creating solutions for rising stress levels. Stress is a particular problem for teenagers, manifesting itself in a variety of ways including inability to sleep, poor concentration and regularly feeling on edge, anxious, nervous and/or irritable. Causes include the pressure to succeed, comparisons with others (most teens live their lives publicly on virtual platforms), family issues, significant life changes (parents divorcing, moving home, changing school) and world events. The Young Minds charity has pages for parents with ideas on how they can talk to, help and support their teens.
Stress can’t be avoided but it can be managed and building mental resilience is key to this. Adopting small habits that promote wellbeing and doing them on a daily basis helps to increase positive mindsets. These small habits cover a broad range of activities from expressing gratitude, relaxing, getting physical and eating well. There’s plenty of advice in The Parents’ Guide to Teenage Anxiety and Stress (free to school members).





What’s happening in March 2023 (Y10-Y13)

Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to highlight important issues and involve parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog. Timely, relevant content can be planned well in advance. March includes National Careers Week, International Women’s Day, Red Nose Day and the whole month is dedicated Women’s History. Members can log into the members area/what’s next to find out details of these events (and others throughout the month) including links to school downloads where offered by the charities.

International Women’s Day: 8 Mar (Y10-Y13)

A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity.

British Science Week: 10-19 Mar (Y10-Y13)

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. This year’s theme – connections!




Are you a parent interested in exploring new education opportunities that lead to a successful future career path?

Do you want to learn about a unique way to gain hands-on experience, earn a salary, and continue learning all at the same time?

If so, then you won't want to miss our upcoming webinar on 9th February at 5pm all about QA Apprenticeships. Please click the button below to register for the webinar, hosted via Webex.

Link to the webinar is provided at the bottom of this email.


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QA Ltd works with everyone from apprentices to business leaders, helping them to develop their digital skills and capabilities. Over the last 10 years, we have jump-started over 30,000 careers through our digital apprenticeships.

Our programmes cover many different areas of technology such as software development, data analysis, IT support, and more. Working with well-known brands like Amazon, Barclays, Vodafone, Cisco, and Fujitsu, our learners gain invaluable experience and industry knowledge.

By attending the webinar, you will have a better understanding of:

  • What apprenticeships are
  • How they work
  • The benefits and advantages for future careers

Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity to learn about the benefits of apprenticeships, and how they can help achieve career goals and ensure future success.


How to join the event:

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We look forward to seeing you there!



Support your child's application to university, financing a university degree, moving from school to university, and more.


The University of Exeter’s Discover University platform provides information, advice and guidance for prospective students, parents/guardians, teachers, and advisers about studying at university.

We understand how important it is for parents and supporters to be well-equipped to support their young person’s journey to higher education.

Our dedicated Discover University webpages and social media feeds will provide the key information needed at each stage of the journey. 

We also run regular webinars, specifically aimed at parents and supporters, covering a range of topics such as: 

  • Student Finance
  • Accommodation 
  • Support Services for Students
  • Support for Results Day 
  • Preparation for University 

Sign up for the University of Exeter’s free webinars aimed at parents/supporters today:


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