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Careers

Head of Careers – Ms A Stein
E: [email protected]
T: 01707 622867

Good Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is essential to enable students to take control of their future and make the most of the opportunities open to them.  There is more choice than ever before with regard to technical qualifications, apprenticeships and alternatives to the traditional academic pathways and it is our duty to help the students to understand which is their best way forward. Our aim is to equip all our students with the necessary skills to make informed decisions to achieve a happy and fulfilled working life in the future.

Careers Programme

Our Careers Programme is designed to cover Years 8-13 with many of the activities and information delivered in a carousel of PSHRE activities tailored to the age and stage of the students.  It is linked to the eight Gatsby Benchmarks highlighted in the statutory guidance published in July 2021.  Other non-timetabled activities include parent information evenings, work experience after GCSE exams, personal guidance interviews and support at points of transition.   We also offer the Morrisby Profile in the Summer term of Year 10 (which is optional and has a cost attached) which is a psychometric assessment which matches abilities, skills and interests to career areas.  More information is available from: www.morrisby.com

Many of our Sixth Formers apply to university.  There are ample opportunities to sample taster courses, workshops, open days, work experience and lectures to support their application and students are welcome to book individual help and guidance with the school’s careers advisers.  We also provide students with support to apply to technical courses, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.

Please see the documentation below for more information on our Careers Programme.

Careers Talk Week

We are extremely fortunate to have fantastic alumni who are invited in each year at the beginning of March, for our dedicated Careers Talk Week.  Up to 16 talks are organised for the week and students in Years 9-13 are encouraged to attend where they have the opportunity to ask practical questions and learn about the different entry routes in to a particular job or profession.  This can include advice on CVs, qualifications and the interview process.  More can be read about this annual activity in the March editions of the school newsletter.

Partners

In line with statutory guidance, all students have access to independent and impartial advice and guidance particularly at the critical times of transition, provided fully qualified careers advisers.

We are also working with the Careers and Enterprise Company who are helping schools to link with local employers to encourage more interaction with the workplace.  More information here:  www.careersandenterprise.co.uk

Provider Access

We hold an annual Careers Fair where local employers and education providers will be invited in to meet our students and give them information on technical qualifications, apprenticeships and employment opportunities. Please find below our Provider Access policy. If anyone wishes to take part in this event, they should contact our Head of Careers, Ms A Stein.

Resources

There is a dedicated Careers Google site for the school community available through the Student Launchpad.  We also subscribe to Unifrog which is a impartial, user-friendly platform to help students make good choices and submit strong applications.

https://www.unifrog.org/about