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City of Peterborough Academy

Further Education (Post-16)

All students must stay in some type of education or training until they are 18. At COPA, we support students to make the most appropriate option for them based on their strengths and interests.

In order to allow students to make the right choice for them, we provide a range of opportunities for students to explore the full range of options available to them, including academic and vocational routes, learning in schools, colleges, universities or in the workplace.

By the age of 16, every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter* with the full range of learning providers, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This should include an opportunity to meet both staff and pupils.

From January 2023, they must also have one interaction with a provider of technical education or apprenticeships each year from Year 8.

The opportunities provided to students are:

  • Post 16 provider evening at COPA.
  • Information about college and sixth form open evenings.
  • Careers advisor appointments.
  • Meaningful encounters with the full range of learning providers (sixth form, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers) and students.


In June and July, the first open events for Sixth Form entry in 2024 will take place.

The dates announced so far are as follows. Please ensure you book places to the open events you are interested in.



University Centre Peterborough

Tuesday 04 July 2023

Stamford College

Tuesday 04 October 2023

Peterborough College

Thursday 12 October 2023

The King’s School Peterborough

Thursday 02 November 2023

Stamford College

Wednesday 08 November 2023

Peterborough College

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Peterborough College

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Stamford College

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Stamford College

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Peterborough College

Wednesday 27 March 2024