All students will have an introduction to careers discovery and exploration, CVs and interview practice through the enterprise course, which is delivered by the School’s Business Department.
Specific careers trips and visits are also organised for students on the Most Able programme.
Students in Year 7 also enjoy at least one careers assembly, which is delivered by a local employer and designed to inform students about local career opportunities and/or areas of national skills shortage such those linked to STEM subjects.
Students continue with the careers discovery and exploration, CVs and interview practice through the enterprise course, which is delivered by the School’s Business Department.
In Year 8, guidance is provided to students on making subject option choices and students may book 1-1 careers interviews on request.
Students in year 8 also enjoy at least one careers assembly, which is delivered by a local employer and designed to inform students about local career opportunities and/or areas of national skills shortage such those linked to STEM subjects.
All Year 9 students take part in range of careers and employability sessions during the annual Careers Day in July which includes at least one meaningful engagement with an employer.
Students in year 10 takes part in a Careers Discovery Workshop delivered by the Careers Team during the Spring term which introduces students to the careers discovery software KUDOS and encourages them to start thinking about their choices at the end of year 11.
Students are supported to make informed choices about their post 16 options through ‘Careers-themed’ assemblies, including ‘Making Choices’ and those with alternative providers such as Telford College and the National Citizen Service. All students will also attend a careers guidance interview which provides signposting to further careers research and information. Students who are identified as possible leavers after Year 11 are offered individual guidance to ensure their personal development plans are secure. Trip to alternative providers such as Telford College are also organised for groups of students and the local authority’s Future Focus representative provides transition support for students with EHCPs.
In the Autumn term, two ‘Next Steps’ progressions evenings are offered which provides advice on suitable subject combination at A level and BTEC and gives students and their parents the opportunity for a 1-1 discussion with a member of staff about career pathways and proposed study options.
Targeted Students in Key Stage 4 also have the opportunity to join activities organised as part of our Oxbridge preparation programme at our partner school Thomas Telford, which includes visits to Oxbridge colleges and academic taster sessions.
In the Sixth Form, a full programme of careers advice and guidance is available to students to support them to cope with change and effectively manage their transition from School to continuing education, working and adult life.
The careers programme includes: