We want our students to understand the world of opportunities available to them and to make the most of their talents. Our aim is to ensure that all our students have the opportunity to make informed decisions about their future and to help to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, confidence, and skills.
We are committed to providing a well-structured Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Year 7 to 13. We strive to ensure students experience a full, varied and interesting careers journey, having the opportunity to explore their own interests, skills, and passions; understanding the wealth of jobs and education available to them once they leave school. It is integrated into our students’ experience across the whole curriculum and is based on a partnership with, students and their parents or carers. We have a rich partnership with local businesses, colleges and universities along with a strong alumni and wider school community to support our Careers Education.
We also work in partnership with Innervate Career Services, with the provision of one-to-one careers guidance.
Our programme is guided by the Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers and the eight Gatsby benchmarks identifying the elements of good practice in career guidance.
For details of our careers provision, please see pages 5-11 of our CEIAG Policy.
During the academic year 2020/21 we are pleased to share we are working towards our Investor in Careers award, this accreditation provides a useful framework to enable us to develop and continually re-assess the effectiveness and suitability of our Careers and Employability Programme within the school and college.
Key Stage 3
- As early as Year 7, we introduce students to career resources, as they start to identify the types of jobs they are interested in, and the personal qualities and skills required to do each job. Students learn about personal development, planning, and decision making in their PSHE, English and RE lessons.
- During Years 7, 8 and 9 students investigate various aspects of careers education through their PSHE lessons (although there is a crossover into all subjects) and by accessing dedicated careers websites.
- As our students progress through the school, opportunities are developed and include lectures, webinars, and events dedicated to next steps.
- In Year 9, students make their GCSE choices, and explore how to keep their options open; this is supported by a comprehensive programme delivered through assembly, tutor lessons, PSHE, and parent information events.
- All students in Year 9 are offered 1:1 career interviews with an external consultant.
- Key stage 3 students have access to educational workshops with STEM companies
Key stage 4
- We encourage all students to consider the career possibilities throughout Year 10 and 11 and provide a wealth of impartial guidance and information on post 16 options.
- All students in key stage 4 have access to lectures, talks and webinars, from motivational speakers and industry professionals.
- We encourage key stage 4 students to volunteer within the local community as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
- Our Year 10 Careers Week enables students to investigate a large number of different professions. Engaging with industry professionals based on their career interests through talks, sharing work skills for particular employment sectors. Also exploring all routes e.g. university, college, apprenticeships, Oxbridge, Year in Industry, and less familiar routes such as art, performing art and music.
- Year 10 students have access to educational workshops with STEM companies throughout the year.
- Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend HEP experience days and apprenticeship fairs.
- All students in Year 10 are offered 1:1 career interviews with an external consultant.
- In Year 11 students focus on making decisions and informed choices for their options after their GCSEs. Well-planned information is provided about our own post 16 provision and external institutions.
- All Year 11 students receive 1:1 meetings with their tutors to discuss their next steps and career aspirations. Alongside, receiving an individual consultation with a member of the Leadership Team and parents to discuss their post 16 next steps and support required.
- All students in Year 11 are offered 1:1 career interviews with an external consultant.
- Students attend our Year 11 into College day where post 18 options are discussed and guidance is given on subject choices to support career aspirations. Followed by an open evening for students and parents to explore options available together.
Key Stage 5
- Throughout the year students, receive a wealth of information on post 18 options including higher education and careers opportunities including apprenticeships, internships and lectures/events that will support their aspirations.
- In the summer term, our Year 12 students visit a university open day and attend university fairs (when available). Students are also encouraged to attend further university open days independently.
- In Year 12 students complete a week of work experience and are encouraged to find their own placement in a career sector that interests them. Across the college, students are given the flexibility to partake in additional work experience or placement opportunities.
- We provide workshops, employer encounters, and support, which includes, writing personal statements, interview preparation, UCAS application completion, CV and cover letter preparation, support for competitive courses such as medicine and Oxbridge.
- 1:1 portfolio and interview preparation sessions for art foundation, architecture, design, and creative courses.
- Lectures and talks, which can include studying and working abroad, alternatives to higher education, gap years, CV writing, UCAS and work experience, motivational speakers and industry professionals.
- All students in the College are offered 1:1 career interviews with an external consultant.
- In Year 13 students attend a careers evening in January where they engage with industry professionals for 1:1 mock interviews receiving feedback on these and their CVs.
For further information, or if you are business that would like to engage with us in delivering our Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), please contact Mrs Joanne Hawkins by email email@example.com or by phone 01932 582577
‘Committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks’