Careers & Higher Education

Careers education and guidance is considered a priority during students’ time at the school, with help available on an individual and/or group basis. Careers Education is delivered in all years, backed up with individual consultations to help students make the right decisions about their education, training and employment choices.  These can be with their tutors, subject staff and the independent careers adviser who visits the school regularly.  In addition, our well-established Careers Department provides students with the information and support needed to make the right decisions about their future.  At each ‘transition point’, e.g. GCSE choices, post year 11,12 and 13, it is important that students have all the right information, support and guidance to make informed decisions to enable best choices to be made.  The school actively works to provide students with good careers education, information, advice and guidance through its careers provision to enable the best outcomes for our students.  This also includes events like Curriculum Extension Days, a careers fair, Inspiring Women event, contact with employers/work experience and FE/HE providers.  Ofsted now look to see that schools do careers work well to support student outcomes; the research available certainly backs up the assumption that students benefit from regular careers support and contact with employers and FE/HE providers, and that this support increases their earnings over a lifetime.

Our Careers and Higher Education Library has a comprehensive range of university guides and computer facilities for online research and advice is available to help make informed choices about universities, courses or apprenticeships. Students in year 10, 11 or Sixth Form can request one-on-one career interviews to discuss their options.  Staff are also able to put students forward for individual guidance as the need arises.  Students in all years can take part in group sessions to  consider their options further, or ‘drop in’ with quick queries over the lunch period when the careers adviser is in.  Support continues throughout the Sixth Form years with the opportunity for a mock interview available in October of Year 13.  In the Summer Term of Year 12 all students attend a Post-18 Choices day, during which they will have the opportunity to meet with employers, attend careers workshops and receive instruction on University applications and other options, such as Higher Apprenticeships. As part of this programme parents are also invited to attend an evening presentation entitled “An Introduction to UCAS” which includes a guest speaker on Student Finance.

For those aspiring to Oxbridge, further information evenings are held where speakers from Oxford and Cambridge are in attendance to provide specific guidance for applications to their institutions. Individual post-18 interviews with members of the school’s Senior Leadership Team and Director of Sixth Form take place during the autumn term of Year 13 and mock interviews are also arranged on request.

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