Careers Education is incorporated into the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons, collapsed days and tutorial periods with a focus on decision making and self awareness.
This topic is first introduced to students in Year 7, as they reflect on their achievements to date. In Year 8, they explore their aspirations and they prepare to make their option choices. During Years 9, 10 and 11, students explore their career interests and are required to place on record their interests, skills and aptitudes.
Their interests in careers are supported by collapsed days that develop their employability skills and give the opportunity to engage with businesses from a wide range of occupational sectors. A period of work experience is also arranged. All students have access to the Careers resource base in the Library.
In addition, mentoring assists student with regard to post 16 and post 18 options. Senior members of staff act as an advisory team for those looking for places at university or other higher education institutions. Further collapsed days focus on interview skills.
Furthermore, at each key stage, information evenings for students and parents, enable students to be informed about their choices and the career pathways open to them.
Opportunities for impartial advice and guidance are provided from Year 12 to Year 13, at given points throughout the Year. This is delivered by the School buying in qualified Careers Advisers and through our links with Higher Education and Business Sectors. Students are also informed that they visit their local Young Peoples Centre to gain further independent advice and guidance.