Middle Years 7,8 & 9
The Upper School careers and guidance programme starts in Year 7. Initially we will be helping the students with the transition from Lower School, or other schools. In the spring term of Year 7 students play 'Careers Detective'. Students will explore different career sectors that they consider are relevant to their skills, interests and academic abilities. The range of activities also help develop literacy, numeracy, communication, confidence, leadership and working as part of a team.
For Year 8 we introduce students to the 'Real Game'. This is a teaching resource which uses a mix of group work and individual learning to introduce students to the link between educational achievement and the lifestyle they can lead as adults, including making decisions and learning to budget. As the game is web-based students can also access their work and develop it in their own time at home.
This leads onto the programme in Year 9, which aims to help students cope with the demands of this year, and help them focus on choosing their GCSE subjects for Year 10. Students will be encouraged to consider their strengths and weaknesses with the aim of developing greater self-awareness, in preparation for making their subject choices. They will be required to do a day of community/work experience within the school, the aim of which is to give students an insight into a particular area of work by observing, listening, asking questions and working with an adult in school. Students will be required to evaluate this experience and to look at what skills are required for particular jobs and to consider their own skills and qualities.
GCSE and A Level choices
To help students with GCSE choices, we run a GCSE Options Convention, involving talks by all subject staff. They will have presentations on 'how to choose your GCSEs' from the Prospects Careers Service and will be introduced to 'Fast Tomato'. This is an interactive site providing guidance to students aged 13-19 for their career and education choices. It is unique in that not only does it include the very latest careers and course information, but the suggestions are tailored to an individual's interests, learning and social styles and expectations. This enables young people to use the personal insights and the relevant information to guide them to their future education and career pathway.
For help with A Level choices the students have several internal meetings during Years 10 and 11, as well as attending a Sixth Form open event in Year 11.
We have a well-stocked and up to date careers library. Our experienced careers and higher education counsellor runs sessions to help familiarise students with the careers library and the variety of resources that are available to them. Our aim is to help students make the GCSE and A Level choices that really suit their needs and interests.
Sixth Form and beyond
In the Sixth Form we help prepare our students for life after school. Our aim is to provide a student– centred approach offering students high quality, impartial careers information, education and guidance. Each student will receive individual advice and support both at the beginning of Year 12 and the beginning of Year 13 to ensure that they have chosen the correct programme of study that will enable them to realise their aspirations post A-level.
We monitor the needs of all students in order to guide them through the whole higher education process, whether this is UCAS, Art, Drama or Music schools. We also help prepare students for the world of work, should they choose not to follow the path of higher education.
Post A-level applicants are fully supported and invited to return in the autumn of their Gap year for help with their application. Parents are kept well informed through various presentations and literature in order to best support their children. They are also welcome to meet with our careers counsellor as often as they feel is necessary.