Careers Education begins in Year 8 with some PSHE+ lessons devoted to helping students plan for their futures. This approach is enhanced with workshops that explore the concept of “early careers coaching”. These are led by external providers, parents and local employers.
Students make their first decisions that may have an impact on their careers choices in year 9 as they choose the subjects they wish to study at GCSE. PSHE+ lessons, assemblies and personal time with tutors help to guide students into making sensible choices.
In Year 10 we run a further series of career coaching workshops. These contribute to the decision making that determine what happens at the end of year 11. In Year 11 every student has a personal interview with a senior member of staff to discuss their post 16 choices. These tutorials can be supported by interview with a careers consultant.
Students in our sixth form are given high quality guidance about their possible next steps - university applications for the majority and apprenticeships or general employment for others. All students are encouraged to engage in work experience placements in a week in the summer term. We run a “Moving On” conference in Year 12 to help students to sharpen up their decisions. Once those decisions are made there is a great deal of advice available from tutors and careers consultants.
Once examination results are released at the end of Year 13 we continue to offer support for students who need to change their plans. We also give advice and support to “Year 14” students who have needed to change direction or resubmit applications.
Each year we are delighted with the numbers of students who move on to their first choice university or employment.