Career education, information advice and guidance is more than just deciding what job you want – it is a lifelong process that is influenced by your interests, abilities and passion.
We recognise how important it is for students to understand and appreciate the options available to them and have the confidence and ability to pursue their own realistic pathway. By helping individuals to recognise their strengths and aptitudes, students are empowered to make their own well informed decisions.
We are proud that each year a significantly large number of ours students are accepted to their first choice of university and we are equally as proud of those who pursue a different route whether it be on elite school leaver programmes or apprenticeships.
Our careers education programme is delivered to all students from Years 7 to 13 and is supported by a number of outside agencies including the Education Business Partnership, Morrisby, Lincolnshire County Council Children’s Services and a large number of local and national businesses. In 2015, the school received the highest careers recognition by achieving Career Mark 6 status confirming outstanding provision of careers education and advice within school.
During Key Stage 3, the careers programme is delivered as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Education programme. Students spend time developing their self-awareness including their personal characteristics, abilities, interests, potential and limitations. All students are invited to have one-to-one career interviews to discuss possible options. In Year 9, the programmes focuses on students choosing their GCSE options. Students are introduced to new subjects that they may not have studied in previous years, for example Business Studies or a different Modern Foreign Language and tutors spend time highlighting the transferrable skills that can be gained from subjects and where the subject can lead to.
During Key Stage 4, students receive dedicated career lessons delivered by the Head of Careers. Emphasis is placed on developing key skills such as communication, problem solving, team work, employability and research skills. In Year 10, all students partake in a week of work experience to a company/industry of their choice. Each year we have students placed up and down the country and overseas. We encourage students to try different careers and build a network of contacts which they can use at a later date. We also have a busy and comprehensive external speaker programme. Students benefit from talks and workshops delivered by subject matter experts, industry experts, the Armed Forces, University Admission advisors, Alumni, Apprenticeship Experts and School Leaver Programme advice. The school also offers students an option to complete psychometric testing – a career guidance tool that helps students to identify potential career paths, assess their natural aptitudes and make informed decisions about their study options. Throughout Key Stage 4, students are encouraged to have one-to-one career interviews to discuss potential pathways.
In the Sixth Form, students benefit from a programme of speakers including representatives from universities, employability workshops, apprenticeships and school leaver programme briefs, Study Abroad organisations and Gap Year opportunities. In Year 12, students partake in a 2-day Higher Education and Futures programme and time is built into the programme for students to visit a university and hear first-hand how best to prepare for the challenges of Year 13. In Year 13, all students benefit from a dedicated School Interview Week where our students are put through the rigors of mock university or job interviews. Throughout the Sixth Form, students work closely with their tutor and if a required a personal study mentor to ensure students are supported and guided through the Sixth Form.
All students throughout the school are able to access one-to-one career advice. The Head of Careers is available to speak or meet with parents and will provide regular briefs regarding university statistics, employment trends and the latest information about school leaver schemes at Parent Information Evenings.
- Head of Careers – Mrs Jenny Longstaffe