Sale High School

Y11 Pathways

Year 11 Parents: find out the best ways that you can help your child to succeed in this year’s exams

Thursday 23 January 6-7pm

All parents of Year 11 students are invited to a free workshop which is being held in school to share some of the very best ways that you can help your child to prepare for - and succeed in - this year’s exams.  We know that parents can play a crucial role in the achievement of their children and look forward to this key event. 

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Local Business Directory

St Anne's Primary School, one of our key feeder schools, have put together a business directory containing information about local businesses and services. You can download a copy by clicking here.

If you would like to advertise in the next edition please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Year 11 - What Next?

 Wondering about life after Sale High?

What's the next step in your future pathway?

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make about your future.

This is a fantastic resource that provides confidential and impartial advice to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

Click Here or click the logo to visit the website.

To talk to an adviser call 0800 100 900.

We have a Connexions Adviser based in school who is able to give independent careers advice to any students who would like to talk with her. Our Adviser is Grainne McGuigan and although she has a programme of meetings with all students from year 8 to year 11 you can arrange an appointment whenever you need one. Her office is next to the decking area in front of the Maths classrooms. Grainne is on hand to help students from all year groups find the answers to a wide range of questions including local labour market information, Year 9 options choices, post 16 options, routes to university and different career paths that are open to young people.  Parents can contact Grainne if they would like any advice or would like to attend a careers interview with their son/daughter.

Grainne is in school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be reached by telephoning the school or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Work Experience

All students, at the end of Year 10, have a one-week work experience placement. This is intended to be a general introduction to the world of work, not training for a future career. Students need to find their own placement so they can find one which matches their interests as closely as possible.  Parents need to sign consent forms and help their children to find the best placement for them.

Key Dates in Year 11

Things move quickly in Year 11 and it is important that you are aware what is happening at each stage. Parents/carers are welcome and encouraged to attend careers interviews and to contact our Connexions Adviser with any queries.

September - December

Your son/daughter will be invited to have a careers interview with their Connexions Adviser

Colleges/Sixth Forms will hold open evenings

Many Sixth Forms & Sixth Form Colleges will have application deadlines during this time. Your son/daughter will need to make sure that they are aware of these deadlines and make sure that they apply in time.

January - May

If your son/daughter has not already done so now is the time for them to apply to colleges or apprenticeships

Attend college/sixth form interviews

June Onwards

Once your son/daughter leaves schoool they can still get advice, guidance and support from their Connexions Adviser by visiting their Connexions office or visit:


Most exam results are usually published in late August. Connexions Advisers will be available in school to offer advice and guidance if you son/daughter hasn't achieved the results they expected

Enrolment for College/Sixth form

Post 16 Choices

There are lots of different avenues available to students at the end of year 11. Follow this choices links for an outline of the choices you have.


Going on to College

We encourage all students to attend open days at local colleges and sixth-form centres. For open-day schedules, please check with each individual college:

Higher Education and Alternatives

University League Tables

Informed Choices from the Russell Group


Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular post 16 destination and can provide an ideal route into work and in some cases university.

The following sites can help you. They are full of information on what you can study, how you apply, who offers the schemes, and much, much more.

More Useful Websites: – careers in IT

Assessment for Learning

Up until September 2014 state schools were required to use a standard system of assessing and reporting pupil's attainment and progress, these were known as National Curriculum Levels. However this is now being removed and schools are able to choose their own arrangements, although they still have to track progress and report it to parents.

Sale High School is part of group of schools known as PiXL, this is group of over 6000 schools who have been working together to develop a new way of assessing progress which the PiXL schools will follow.

The model which has been developed is called Steps. We, like the other PIXL schools, are trialling this model with Year 7.

What this means for your child

Year 7

In Year 7 your child will follow the steps model. At the beginning of a scheme of work (topic), the teacher will test your child to see what they can and cannot do which will give them their initial step for example this maybe step 2. This will let the teacher and the student know what they need to work on to get to the next step on the ladder. At the end of the scheme of learning they will be assessed again to see what progress they have made, hopefully they will find that they have moved up a step or steps. There are 9 steps on the ladder.

When your child reaches KS4 so Y10 & Y11 the steps become their grades as the Government is also removing letter grades i.e. A, B, C and replacing them with number grades. A step 1 or 2 will be the equivalent of a G grade, step 5 will be the equivalent of a C grade and a step 8 will equate to an A*.

G F E D C B A A*    
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  

We plan for the Steps model to roll though to Year 8.

Year 8

The current Year 8 will continue to follow the National Curriculum levels and so there is no change in the way they are assessed. They will move to the GCSE criteria in Year 9 as detailed below.

Year 9s

Year 9 students will now be assessed using the GCSE criteria. This is what normally happens in Y10 & Y11 but so we can stretch the students as much as possible we have decided to introduce them to grades in Year 9. The model below explains how we will measure progress. We have called this their Flight Path. For all subjects apart from English and Maths, students currently in Year 9 will receive a letter grade in their final examinations.


Current Year 9s will be the first cohort to study the new style GCSE which will see them receiving a number grade in their final GCSE examinations in Year 11.

As a parent you may be concerned by the difference between your childs' level in year 8 compared to the grade they are assessed at when they start year 9.

For example

Sam was assessed as a Level 7 in his report at the end of year for Geography. However after the first half term in Year 9 he is being assessed as Grade E.

Although this seems a big drop, it isn't to do with Sam's ability it is more to do with the a greater demands of the syllabus under the GCSE criteria, i.e. Sam needs to be able to do more to move up a Grade than he did to move up a level in Year 8.

Current Year 10 & 11

There is no change to the assessment process for these year groups. 

For further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trafford Jobs

Opportunities to work at Trafford Council

Trafford Council’s operational services for education are holding recruitment open days across the borough in March. There are opportunities available for permanent school crossing patrollers and casual catering assistants, passenger assistants and cleaners.

Come along to one of the open days to meet council representatives and find out more about the different roles on offer. If interested you will be able to complete the paperwork and be interviewed on the day!

Executive Councillor Alan Mitchell said: "Our recruitment open days provide a perfect opportunity to find out what it is like to work for the council’s operational services for education. These are valued roles that support the learning experience of Trafford's children and I’d urge anyone interested in working in this area to come down to one of the days. The open days do away with formal applications and interviews and let us meet people face to face and talk with them about how their everyday life skills can help them to join our team."

Open days are being held at the below places and times:

10.00 am - 1.00 pm

11.00 am - 2.00 pm

10.00 am - 1.00 pm

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Anyone wishing to be interviewed on the day should bring as many of the following documents as possible in order to complete the relevant CRB clearance checks:- passport, driving licence (both parts if new style), birth/adoption/marriage certificate, recent utility/council tax bills, national insurance number.

For more information please contact 

Jenny Berger, Trafford Council, Communications Unit, 0161 912 4094.

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    Sale High School aims to:

    • To raise the achievement of our more able pupils, particularly those who are capable of achieving A*/A (7-9) grades who are currently working below this.
    • To raise aspirations of our pupils.
    • To improve confidence and life skills by offering pupils extra support and a range of enrichment activities.

    The Higher Level Learners participate in activities throughout the year that aim to extend their learning and reach the high goals we know they can.

    Below is further information on our Higher Level Learners in different areas of school life:

    Mathematics Matters

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  • Community Leisure activities @ SHS


    At SHS we provide facilities for numerous activities which the community can access. For more information about any of the activities below please contact the relevant leader using the details provided.

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

    Sale Communities JFC
    Under 6s, 7s and 8s
    Sports Hall/Gym 5pm - 7pm
    Contact Nigel Peacock @
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    Trafford Junior Netball Club
    Sports Hall 5.15pm - 6.30pm
    Conact Sandy Castell @
    07773 980 157

    Dance Studio 4pm - 5pm
    Term time only
    Contact Jackie Kilcourse @
    07914 402 077

    Sale Communities JFC
    Under 11s & 12s
    Sports Hall/Gym 5pm - 7pm
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    Sale Communities JFC
    Sports Hall/Football Pitch
    9.15am - 12.15pm
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    Netball (non competitive female adults)
    Sports Hall 7pm - 8pm
    Term time only
    Contact Debra Lewis @
    07585 115 363

    Nettles Badminton Club
    Sports Hall 7pm - 9.30pm
    Contact Tim Kitson @
    07736 843 094

    Trafford Junior Netball Club
    Sports Hall 5.15pm - 9pm
    Term time only
    Contact Sandy Castell @
    07773 980 157

    Sale Moor Badminton Club
    Sports Hall 7pm - 9pm
    Contact Derek Jones @
    0161 962 5750


    Main Hall 7pm - 8pm
    Contact Maxine Cummins @
    07971 541 011

    Main Hall 7pm - 8pm
    Contact Laura McMillan @
    07957 609 264
    Slimming World
    Dining Room 5pm - 9pm
    Contact Andrea Sobanski @
    07743 995159
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    To help make sure important information is reaching you at home, copies of home school correspondence will now be uploaded here. Letters will continue to be sent home with students or by post but you will now also be able download copies from here.

    Letters will be grouped by year and then by subject or by club.

    Information regarding School Closure, Friday 25 September 2015

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