South Shields School

Passport to Success

This initiative focuses on the importance of developing employability skills.

All students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 take part in Passport to Success. Students must have 96% attendance or above and must make expected or better progress across subjects to graduate.

In addition, students must also demonstrate how they have contributed to the life of the school and the wider community. Students also work through the ‘South Shields Seven’ and must submit evidence that they have achieved all seven to graduate.

The South Shields Seven:

  1. visit a museum or art gallery
  2. prepare a meal for your family
  3. complete some charity / volunteer work
  4. attend an extra curricular club for a term
  5. have a meaningful experience with a college/ university/employer
  6. deliver a presentation in school
  7. enter one of the competitions on offer in school

The graduation ceremonies take place at the end of the academic year and all parents and carers are invited to watch their children graduate at bronze, silver, gold level. Students wear graduation caps and gowns and are presented with a graduation certificate to mark their achievements.

Students must also demonstrate that they have gained experience in all of our personal development areas such as contributing to society by being involved in debates for example. Contributions are tracked through the vivo scheme and checked during Advisory.

The Graduation Ceremonies take place during July and all parents and carers are invited to watch students graduate at bronze, silver or gold level.

Students wear graduation caps and gowns and are presented with a graduation certificate to mark their achievements.