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Careers and Higher Education Guidance tailored to individual aspirations

We have a team of Careers teachers and a dedicated well-equipped Careers library, which allows us to deliver Careers and Guidance education to each year group. Our onsite careers staff utilise a network of employers, former pupils and university contacts to provide bespoke advice. Tailored to individual pupil developing aspirations, our careers guidance may evolve over time.

Life Skills sessions are run in conjunction with career guidance and cover topics such as ‘Getting to Know Yourself’ and ‘Starting Your Personal Careers Journey’. ‘‘Kudos’ – an online careers-matching and research programme and ‘cv-plus’ encourages pupils to start creating their own digital CV.

Helping Year 9 to 11 and Development Year pupils make the right choice

In Year 9, our introductory module encourages pupils to start thinking about where their futures may lie, to ensure they make the right choices for GCSEs.

  • Pupils attend an Ambitions Fair where local companies and learning providers showcase a wide breadth of careers and pupils get actively involved in careers workshops.
  • During Enterprise and Options Day; business professionals support teams of students in a workshop environment to design a product, write and present their business proposal. The GCSE Option fair provides an opportunity to talk about GCSE subjects.

The focus for Year 10 is on employability skills.

  • A whole year group trip to Birmingham University acquaints pupils with university life.
  • An interests questionnaire and careers-focused aptitude test matches pupils to suitable careers and highlights the A Level subjects required to read a degree in these career areas.

During Year 11 and International Students Development Year, our Careers Manager carries out one-to-one career interviews with pupils based on their careers-focused aptitude reports. Life Skills lessons focus on job application and interview technique leading to our Mock Interview day where pupils are interviewed by local business leaders.

Insightful personalised career mentoring for Year 12 and 13 pupils

The career teachers mentor every pupil individually in Year 12 to get a true insight into their onwards plan. A programme of lectures, guest speakers and visits to university open days ensure Year 12 pupils gain a comprehensive understanding of Higher Education. In conjunction with this, pupils undertake:

  • CV guidance – for the highest possible standard
  • Interview practice – industry specific interview
  • Expert Talks from Career and Industry professionals
  • Future Fair – annual event with industry specialists
  • Work experience

Excellent advice and support are given to pupils regarding future careers through the Careers Department, the Life Skills (personal, social, health and economic education) Programme and the tutorial system.

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