Student Learning

Your Careers Programme

Year 7

In PSHEE lessons, you will consider your ambitions and challenge stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in the context of employment.  You will have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Step into the NHS’ national competition that aims to promote Careers literacy.  You will be able to research NHS jobs, take part in an online careers personality test, create job descriptions and job advertisements for a possible NHS career.

Year 8

In PSHEE lessons, you will cover aspects of The Real Game, which gives you the opportunity to explore the world of aspirational careers; and consider the importance of education and qualifications in getting the jobs you might want in the future.  You will explore how occupational choice impacts upon lifestyle; and how to balance monthly income and leisure time.

Year 9

In PSHEE lessons, you will explore potential ambitions in terms of your own skills and qualities and in consideration of future job and career sector developments.   You will have the opportunity to explore the topic of employability, including learning about the skills and qualities that employers look for.

You will be provided with support as part of the Post-14 Preferences programme: you will have opportunities to explore reasons for choosing subjects for Years 10 and 11.

There are planned Year 9 Preference Assemblies for you to learn about the choices available to you after Year 9.  You and your parents will be invited to a Year 9 Preference Evening where you will have the chance to speak to subject teachers and Year 10 students who are currently studying the courses.

Year 10

In the Summer Term, you will get the chance to participate in a series of Careers Workshops to review your current academic progress and begin to consider your initial Post-16 ideas.  Representatives from local businesses are invited to share the skills and qualities employers look for in employees.  You will assess your own personal skills and qualities with a view to starting the process of ‘selling yourselves’ in writing.  How sought after might you be?

Year 11

In PSHEE lessons, you will explore Post-16 and Post-18 opportunities: prepare for college, sixth form and/or apprenticeship applications by writing Personal Statements and CVs, and learning about interview technique.  You will learn about rights and responsibilities at work and have the opportunity to undertake up to a week’s Work Experience during the October half-term.  The school welcomes representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) to deliver presentations to students about the rewards of volunteering.  You, together with your parents, will be invited to attend Autumn and Spring Term Careers Fairs involving a number of local employers, education and training providers.   The school hosts its Sixth Form Open Evening for Post-16 Choices.

Year 12

You will follow a programme which is in keeping with our ethos of the VOICE: Vision, Organisation, Identify, Consolidate and Effort.  A substantial amount of this time is dedicated to the Vision side of this ethos, which is focused on your next step post-Sixth Form.  PD sessions in October and November are dedicated to Careers, and cover a range of topics such as CV writing, Work Experience advice, and more.  We also continue to use and promote tools and opportunities provided by Unifrog and Uptree, which offer a wealth of information on careers.

Also in Year 12, students and parents are offered a UCAS conference.  There is also a Careers day mid-March to not only look at the university option but also apprenticeships at Level 3 and Degree Apprenticeships. This is then followed up by a Careers Fair where local and national apprenticeship and employer providers come along to talk to you face to face, as well as provide you with interview experience.

Year 13

You will follow a programme that mirrors our ethos of the VOICE: Vision, Organisation, Identify, Consolidate and Effort.  A substantial amount of this time is dedicated to the Vision side of this ethos, which is focused on students’ next step post-Sixth Form.  During Year 13, you will carry out Work Experience close to your UCAS application so that your experience is fresh when applying for UCAS or apprenticeships.  A Student Finance talk is also offered in mid-November to both parents and students.  You are closely monitored by your tutors to ensure you have a plan when you leave Sixth Form.  Our Pathways Guidance Coordinator is always at hand if students are struggling with their next steps.