To ensure that pupils take informed decisions at key moments of their education, so that they can fulfil their ambitions in school and meet the challenges beyond it.
By drawing extensively on the expertise of the school pastoral teams, the ‘HIVE partnership’, to provide impartial advice, excellent work experience opportunities, first-rate resources and plentiful human contact to help all students feel confident to face the future.
The Department has established links with local business and industries through the work experience programmes run in Year 10 and Year 12. Graduate recruitment data is central to the Year 12 careers module.
Careers Education & Guidance (CEG)
The key to assisting choice is the commitment to providing all pupils with pertinent information and discussion of next stage planning.
A Year 11 psychometric test from 'Futurewise' forms a sound backdrop against which pupils investigate AS, A2 Level and university choices.
Further prompting is provided by visits to careers conventions and a range of in-house events, several of which draw in parents to share in the process of choice. The armed forces’ liaison officers regularly visit the school.
In Years 7 and 8 we believe it is important to develop an awareness of pupils’ personal skills, abilities and qualities. Pupils have ready access to the Library, which is annually updated with books that help to interest younger pupils in the world of work, and a dedicated lower school careers area with Career and Apprenticeship advice.
Year 9 pupils are introduced to computer software that helps inform about the choices which must be made for GCSEs through the 'Start & Track' programme from U-Explore.
In Years 10 and 11 careers guidance becomes more personalised. To assist each pupil with planning, we use the 'Futurewise' profile. This consists of a questionnaire, psychometric test and feedback sessions with the Head of Careers or the pupil’s tutor. The advice, taken from the computerised profile of results, is of immense value and helps pupils to make informed decisions about the subjects to study in the Sixth Form.
Further advice may be sought from New Directions and HIVE, whose officers come into school at the request of the Head of Careers. Pupils and parents attend “Sixth Form Choices” events that introduce post-16 opportunities. Vocational awareness and transferable skills are further practised at the end of Year 10 when, all pupils go on their week-long work experience placements. These provide a valuable insight which support many applications to university later on. Both Year 10 and Year 11 have Apprenticeship and BTEC assemblies by an outside provider.
Facilities & Resources
The Careers Room is located in the Sixth Form Centre, Singleton House. At all times up-to-date information on a vast range of future options is provided there and in the main library. Much information is accessed from IT resources through networked and stand-alone computers. Full details of university open days, courses and events are publicised.
Formal curriculum allocation is during Year 12 where all students are taught CEG within the framework of their Complementary Studies programme. Provision for Years 7-11 and Year 13, is run through the pastoral form period allocation, assemblies, outside providers and trips.
The Careers Office is open from 8.30am until 4.30pm on school days. The direct office ‘phone number is 01254 686300 Ex 608. There is an answerphone and fax machine on this line too. During periods of work experience, additional staffing ensures that lines of communication between pupils, employers, parents and school remain fully open.