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We pride ourselves in ensuring that all our pupils are provided with the best advice possible when helping them to take the next step on the career ladder. We encourage self-awareness and promote an ability to work with others to prepare pupils for forthcoming academic and career choices. We develop pupils’ ability to make informed, sensible career choices and provide them with open and easy access to information and resources that will assist them in their academic and career choices. We promote a philosophy within the School of equal opportunity towards career choice, independent of bias towards any career decision.
In Year 10, every pupil follows a programme of careers research, which enables them to investigate careers which may suit them in the future and then guides them to the steps they need to undertake in order to achieve this potential goal. Year 10 pupils have a Careers Week during which they complete KUDOS testing to help with A Level subject and careers selection. The week also includes a careers fair, an enterprise challenge day, information on Higher Education and apprenticeships, and a visit to a local university.
Year 11 pupils will revisit the KUDOS software and have opportunities to discuss the findings in relation to career pathways and post 16 options. Year 11 pupils have a week of work experience following their GCSE exams. This gives them an opportunity to experience life in the work place, which can help inform A Level and career choices. Work experience is essential for the development of inter-personal skills and is key to the building of an impressive CV.
In the Sixth Form, students are provided with both information and help with applying for universities and also guided to the many opportunities available for post 18 apprenticeships internships and employment. We have a very experienced team of tutors to help with university applications, who work closely with the students to ensure they produce the best applications possible. The success rate of our students obtaining a place at one of their first choice institutions is extremely high.
All Sixth Form students are given help and advice on university, apprenticeship and job applications and CVs. Year 12 students use the KUDOS software to look at all further education options. This includes up to date information on degree courses, live vacancies for suitable apprenticeships and other post 18 options such as HND, foundation degree and DipHE. They also undertake a week’s work experience placement in the summer term followed by a feedback session including student presentations. There is an extensive mock interview programme that caters for all styles of possible interview.