The Careers Department plays a full and active part in the life of the school.
The Careers Resources Area is open at all times to students, providing full internet access, specialist Careers software and wide-ranging paper-based resources.
In Year 7, Students are introduced to the concepts of career planning, self-awareness and careers research. We also start to examine equal opportunity issues. In Year 8, Careers lessons focus upon the realities of contemporary adult working life in the UK. The Year 9 Careers programme builds upon this Year 7 and 8 work, while fully covering GCSE option choices. During Year 10, students are introduced to the curriculum vitae, telephone skills, interview skills, speculative applications for employment and health and safety issues in the workplace.
In Year 11, we focus in the Autumn Term upon options at 16+ and 18+. From January onwards we look at taking a year out post A-level, together with continued exploration of, and practice in, transition skills: application forms, application by telephone, CVs and interview skills. We prepare students for creating and developing their future career portfolio, rather than relying upon one employment area for life!
The Sixth Form Careers Programme covers all aspects of choosing and planning for 18+ options, with a full university and Oxbridge mock-interview programme in Year 13. Students are supported in setting up a wide range of work-shadowing and work-experience placements, or appropriate extracurricular activities, to provide a strong basis for their Year13 university/employment applications.
In addition, we employ an impartial Careers Adviser, Mrs. Lynda Warren, who visits the school every week to offer individual and small group counselling sessions to our students.