Careers Education begins in Year 7 and is part of the PSHE & Citizenship programme.
In Year 8, pupils visit the Careers Office, where they gain an introduction to ‘The World of Work’.
In Year 9, pupils are introduced to the Fast Tomato suite of online careers profiling and guidance materials in PHSE lessons. When they are choosing their options and making their choices, they can arrange a careers interview with Mrs Lawrence, the Careers Adviser and get help and advice on how a career choice can determine which subjects they choose to study at GCSE, A Level and beyond.
At the end of Year 10, pupils undertake Morrisby psychometric profiling which is a more sophisticated version of Fast Tomato which they are already familiar with. This profiling informs individual Careers Interviews with the Careers Adviser at the beginning of Year 11.
After Christmas in Year 11 each pupil receives an individualised Morrisby Careers Report, based on what was discussed at their Careers Interview, which may be used to inform their Sixth Form choices. The careers information in these reports covers apprenticeships and vocational pathways as well as university and the professions.
Work Experience Week takes place after GCSEs in late June and is an important element of the Careers Programme, providing the opportunity for pupils to sample a week with an employer to explore the world of work in general or to check out a particular chosen career path.
There is an extensive Careers Programme programme in the Sixth Form. Enrichment sessions on Friday afternoons (run by The Heads of Sixth Form, The Careers Adviser and a team of teachers) include extensive preparation for careers and Higher Education. Students meet with a diverse range of speakers, attend a Higher Education conference and visit a university for mock lectures and personal statement preparation. Year 12 students commence work on their UCAS (university) applications in the Spring Term and are offered 1:1 careers advice when choosing university courses. UCAS applications are finalised in the Autumn Term of Year 13. Sixth Formers in Year 12 and 13 are encouraged to carry out further work experience, to gain skills such as team working, communication and commercial awareness, which are sought by employers, especially at graduate level. The Careers Adviser can help with this.
Pupils and parents are encouraged to access 1:1 careers advice with Mrs Lawrence throughout their school life whenever the need occurs. They also benefit from regular tutorials, assemblies and other careers-themed events and activities organised by the Careers Department.
School Careers Plan 2017 - 2018
Click here to access the School careers plan for the current academic year.
|Mrs E Lawrence BA, PG Dip (Careers Guidance)||Head of Department|