Student Progression

At Vacational Studies each of our students progresses educationally and as a person. They are cared for and supervised, but also given the space to develop See 'Notes for Parents'.

There are also positions of responsibility:

  • Anyone can apply to be a Mentor.
  • Anyone can apply to be a Councillor.
  • Those aged 16, 17 and 18 can apply for positions of responsibility as House Captains, Sub-Prefects and Prefects and beyond which will develop their skills of leadership.
  • This may give an edge to a young person's CV.
  • We decide on suitability for any position of responsibility.
  • Positions of responsibility can be revoked depending on performance.
  • All positions of responsibility are subject to reconsideration after four days.
  • Application for a position of responsibility does not mean that the position of responsibility will be given or kept.


Positions of responsibility are limited in number and are allocated in order of application.

With the exception of Mentor, positions of responsibility can be allocated only to those with us for the duration of the Full Course and only if requested at the time of application.

Anyone can exercise their skills and take the lead, if they wish. They do not need a title to do so.

To see how a young person can benefit, read Benedetta's letter here.



Mentors

Mentors will be those who are willing to advise others on how to gain the most from the experience. The staff will call on a Mentor if they feel a student would benefit from a chat. A student can request a Mentor if he or she feels it would help with such matters as integration. A Mentor is always advised and guided by staff. Mentors' Meetings are chaired by a student 'Head Mentor'.

This role is a position of responsibility which can be included on a CV.

Councillors

Councillors will be students of any age who wish to seek and represent the views of other students on aspects of the Course such as catering, sports, activities and provide constructive input at Meetings of the Council. Council Meetings are chaired by a student Head Councillor.

Councillors may be added or removed as the Course progresses.

This role is a position of responsibility which can be included on a CV.

Ambassadors

The concept of Ambassadors was introduced in 2016 and will be continued. It is described here. It gives young people the opportunity to educate themselves about their country and to practise public speaking.

It can be included on a CV.

House Captains

Students of 16 and over can apply to be a House Captain. House Captains liaise with the Senior Sports/Social Organiser and take a lead in organising House events.

They have the privilege of local shopping on any Sunday morning.

House Captains may be added or removed as the Course progresses. After four days, House Captains are invited to meet the Director and Sports Crew to decide if they and we wish them to continue in the role.

House Captaincy may be repeated the following year.

They will find the responsibility of House Captaincy a useful addition to their CV.

Sub-Prefects

We may invite a small number of students of 16 (exceptionally 15) who are known to us to become Sub-Prefects.

Sub-Prefects are responsible for overseeing student integration and acting to encourage it when necessary. Sub-Prefects will be allocated to different classes by the Academic Manager on some days. They will lose some 'taught hours', but they will learn English by using it in the classroom and in the film-making process as 'classroom assistants'. They may be allocated students for one-to-one structured conversations. Sub-Prefects are invited to attend Board Meetings.

Sub-Prefects have the privilege of local shopping on any Sunday morning.

15 year-olds may repeat Sub-Prefectship the following year.

Sub-Prefectship may be a useful addition to a CV.

Prefects and Senior Prefects

We may invite students of 17 who are known to us and those who are 18 to become Prefects, if they wish and if there are places. Prefects are responsible for overseeing student integration and acting to encourage it when necessary. Prefects are invited to attend Board Meetings.

Classroom Prefects will be allocated to different classes by the Academic Manager and will learn English by using it in the classroom and in the film-making process as 'classroom assistants'. Office Prefects will be allocated tasks by the Directors and the Course Manager. These tasks may include creating, distributing and analysing student initial feedback forms, checking flight information and other administrative work. Prefects will lose 'taught hours', but will gain language by using it and will develop independence.

All Prefects will have access to the Sports Crew room. Classroom Prefects are used as teaching resources under the auspices of the Academic Manager. They swap classes and perform different functions in each class. They may be allocated students for one-to-one structured conversations. Office Prefects will be used administratively and have access to the Office. Prefects' bed time will be one hour later than the norm. They have the privilege of local shopping on any Sunday morning. A Prefect (see and hear one here) may then apply to become an Apprentice. Former Prefects will be considered for Apprenticeship if they will reach 19 in the year in which Apprenticeship is applied for. UK Reps can apply to be considered as Apprentices.

After five days, Prefects are invited to meet the Directors, the Academic Manager and Senior Sports/Social Organiser to decide if they and we wish them to continue in the role.

Those who become Prefects at 17 may apply to become Senior Prefects at 18. Senior Prefects have the same privileges and responsibilities as Prefects. They will be on the Student Council and may be asked to arrange and chair its meetings. Those thinking of Prefectship or Senior Prefectship in 2020 should read 'Notes and History of Prefectship'.

They will find the responsibility of Prefectship a useful addition to their CV.

Apprentices

  • Former Prefects who will be 19 in the year in which Apprenticeship is applied for and UK Reps can apply to be considered to be Apprentices
  • The Apprentice post is unpaid and is to gain experience working in English.
  • An Apprentice stays generally for two weeks while working with the Sports Crew to gain experience helping with the Course before applying for a Sports Staff post
  • Apprentices contact the Director and are appointed from a list presented by the Director to the Senior Sports/Social Organiser generally during February.
  • Decisions are made by early March.
  • Apprentices may apply to become Sports Staff the following year.
  • The contents of the 'Notes for Staff' apply to Apprentices.
  • Prefects who have shown special skills may be invited to become Apprentices for the duration of the Course, generally with a specific function in mind which may not be sports-related.

UK Reps

  • UK Reps come to us from a UK Public School after application, a letter of recommendation from staff and a competitive interview.
  • They are 16.
  • They will have read the 'Notes for UK Reps' and the 'Notes for Students'.
  • Good UK Reps are eligible for Apprenticeship the following year.
  • And here is a former UK Rep.

Sports Staff

  • Sports Staff are chosen by the Senior Sports/Social Organiser and the Director
  • Applications are received in January.
  • The Senior Sports/Social Organiser is appointed in January
  • Existing staff are given first choice
  • Remaining posts are allocated in February