We strive to provide a coherent programme of activities that inform, inspire and motivate our pupils towards their future careers. Our aim is to help them to understand where different education and training decisions could take them, supporting them to make choices and manage transitions through the provision of good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance. We are guided by the eight benchmarks for delivering good careers guidance as identified in the Gatsby ‘Good Career Guidance’ report . As such, all of our pupils have access to:
- A stable careers programme delivered through PSHE and through the curriculum from years 8 to 13 that equips them to make effective use of careers information, advice and guidance and to develop career management and employability skills.
- Current career and labour market information via a well-stocked careers library and online resources with support to interpret the information from our Head of Careers and school Careers Officer.
- Advice and support which is tailored to the needs of each pupil and demonstrates a commitment to equality and diversity.
- Teaching staff who are able to link curriculum learning to careers.
- A range of encounters with employers and employees through a programme of skills workshops including interview and enterprise skills and mock interview practice, work shadowing, visits and events facilitated by inspiring professionals.
- A structured work experience scheme in year 11 that consists of 8 days in the workplace and a work experience conference led by business and industry experts. Some of our students are able to take part in work placements in Germany through our long standing German exchange arrangements.
- Regular encounters with further and higher education. We run higher education and professional careers workshops, facilitate visits to university open days and take part in a range of higher education led activities such as specialist lectures, competitions and masterclasses.
- Personal guidance – timely and impartial one to one advice and guidance is delivered in years 11 and 12 during the spring term, by professionally qualified careers consultants, independent of school. Students with special educational needs and disabilities also have access to additional support from a specialist Careers Consultant.
Pupils at Healthcare Science day 2017 at University Hospital Birmingham
Useful careers resources
Options in year 9
General career research
Information on our independent provider of careers advice
Information on choosing A’ level subjects
Cambridge advice ‘The subject matters’
Russell Group Universities advice on subject choices
Information on degree and higher apprenticeships
Advice and information on university choices
Online employability resources for pupils
Pure Potential – employer led webinars, events and opportunities across various career sectors for years 11 to 13.
Information on student finance
Student Finance England
Which University? Guide to student finance (downloadable resource)
Help to set careers advice in context
What do graduates do? annual survey report of graduate destinations six months after completing a degree.
Want to be part of our careers programme?
We are always looking for volunteers from the world of work to get involved in our careers education and work related curriculum. If you would like to discuss the ways in which you or your organisation could be involved please contact Kay Bevan, Careers Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Year 13 pupils, if you would like to brush up your interview skills, either in preparation for university entrance interviews or for apprenticeships and jobs in the future, you are invited to have a mock interview with a panel of professionals on the evening of either the 16 or 17 October. The interview is a chance for you to test out your interview techniques on people with either recruitment or university admissions experience or expertise in your chosen career sector. To take part you must submit an application form before the closing deadline of Midnight on Sunday 1 October. You will then receive details of your interview date, time and panel along with some resources to help you prepare by Wednesday 11 October.
Download your application form here:
Send the completed version to Ms Bevan email@example.com
Work experience 2018 will take place between Tuesday 26 June and Thursday 5 July 2018
Year 11 work experience careers conference will be on Monday 25 June. Sixth Form induction day will be on Friday 6 July
When writing your letters of application for work experience placements please use the following template containing Dr White’s contact details:
Please inform Ms Bevan Careers Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org when you have been offered a placement. She will arrange for a health and safety check to be conducted before your placement begins. All placements must be health and safety checked before you are allowed to go on any placement that takes place during school term time.