Careers Programme

The school welcome contact from providers of technical education and apprenticeships. If you are a provider wishing to request access to the school to inform students about the opportunities that you can offer:

Please email [email protected],
Contact the School Careers Leader — Stacey Falamarzi on [email protected] or contact Vicki Denny on 01270 611009.

(CEIAG) Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance - Our Careers Programme

Our Careers programme runs from Year 7 to Year 13 and prepares students well for life after they leave the school. It has been designed to align with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks which have been recognised by the government as outlining the requirements of an excellent careers programme. The delivery of careers guidance to Year 8 – 13 pupils acts in accordance with Section 42A of the Education Act 1997. Our careers programme is reviewed annually in June.

Students have many encounters with employers and learn about the different careers and the various routes into these careers. It helps students to find the careers that suit them and prepare them to follow their desired path. Students learn about the different work sectors and are taught to challenge the various stereotypes and discrimination that exists in the world of work. Students learn how to take responsibility for their own career by planning for the future. They learn how to create an effective CV and learn useful skills such as developing a professional and successful interview technique. The programme supports pupils through each of the transitions they face such as choosing Year 9 options and deciding what to do after Year 11 and after Year 13. Students complete a week of work experience in Year 12. Students have an experience of the workplace in year 9 and complete a week of work experience in Year 12.

Our Careers programme is comprised of the following:

  • Students receive individual impartial advice from our Level 6 qualified Careers advisor who has been commissioned from Mploy Ltd. Impartial and independent advice is given to students in accordance with the Statutory Guidance for Schools (Jan 18) and Guidance for Colleges and Sixth Forms (Feb 18). It is organised and delivered in accordance with the Gatsby benchmarks and Compass tool.  All students receive a one to one meeting in either Year 10 or Year 11 and also in 6th Form Students identified as requiring an extra meeting are seen again. Students in any year can be referred for a Careers meeting. Any requests to see the Careers advisor should be made directly to the Key Stage 4 administrative assistant Mrs Lobin.
  • The Careers advisor is also present at the Parents’ Evenings for Years 9-13 as well as results day for Year 11 and 13.
  • Careers lessons take place during form times which take place during the year term from Year 7 to Year 11. Each lesson focus is matched at KS3 and at KS4 with the CDI (Careers Development Institute) framework for careers, employability and enterprise education and in line with Gatsby Benchmarks. Students will look at LORIC employability skills – leadership; organisation; resilience; initiative, communication. Careers learning takes place throughout the year with a particular emphasis on careers in Personal Development Lessons (PDL) during term 3.
  • One transition lesson takes place in Year 9 to help them with choosing their GCSE options and the other is delivered in in Year 12 to help them with their post Year 13 choices. In addition, pupils and parents are invited to attend two school-based option choice guidance meetings to support choices at the end of Key Stage 3 and 4. Year 9 students receive an additional one to one meeting with staff to support their final options choices.
  • All students set up profiles through a career’s websites called Start Profile in year 7 which they can use during their school life to help them to find the right career path for each individual.
  • All students in Key Stage 5 students have the opportunity to visit University Open Days and an annual trip is run to attend a University/Apprenticeship Fair. Guidance and support are given so that students can make successful access applications. Employments skills and are developed through activities run during the year. All students in Year 12 go on Work Experience.
  • All subjects that students’ study which will make links between their subject and career options.
  • All Students have encounters with employers each year through talks from guest speakers, virtual learning encounters and assemblies in Years 7-13.
  • Students have a Careers day in Year 10 in which they will take part I employer led workshops and carry out various careers related activities such as mock interviews throughout the day.
  • Students across all Year groups have contact with employers and further education through various school trips and guest speakers visiting lessons.
  • Students participate in themed weeks during form time including apprenticeship week and careers week.
  • Students participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities in school which explores the jobs available and highlights the problem of the lack of women in this work sector.
  • Students in year 9 and 10 will experience GCSE and A Level taster lessons during themed weeks in the last half term.
  • Students in Year 9 will participate in an experience of the workplace, working within a variety of different sectors and with local employers. They will complete project work and look at different routes into their selected employment sectors.
  • Students attend a week of work experience in Year 12. Students are guided to help them to try to organise their own placements in job sectors of their choice. We support others to help them to find a place.

We measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on students by reviewing all feedback from:

  • Year 13 and Year 11 destination data
  • Questionnaires completed by students, staff and parents
  • Student voice
  • Evaluation with our career’s advisor
  • Evaluation of work experience
  • Use of the Gatsby benchmarks