Background and ethos

The Careers and Work Experience programme is designed to support pupils in making well informed and realistic decisions.  All pupils have an equal entitlement to high quality independent and impartial careers guidance that provides them with an understanding of the world of work, helps them to explore career options and supports them in making decisions about the opportunities open to them.  As an 11-18 school we strive to enable all pupils to make an effective post 16 and 18 transfer and to leave them equipped with career skills that will help them in the future. 


The programme is designed to:

●  Empower pupils to plan and manage their own futures
●  Respond to the needs of each learner
●  Provide comprehensive information and advice
●  Raise aspirations
●  Actively promote equality of opportunity and challenge stereotypes
●  Help young people to progress


Throughout the academic year a range of activities take place designed to provide pupils with information, advice and guidance.  Examples include:

Sixth Form: Careers interviews, UCAS preparation activities, speakers, Higher Apprenticeship presentation

Fifth Form:  Individual careers interviews, Apprenticeship Information Session, Preparing for Opportunities Session (how to write CV’s, letters of application and interview skills)

Fourth Form: Work experience, CV guidance, mock interviews

Third Form: Options afternoon and evening

First and Second Form: Careers fair


A careers library is located within Addison Hall and is easily accessible to pupils and staff.  Kudos careers software is available to all pupils which allows them to research a range of careers and helps them to identify individual skills and strengths.  An A3 laminated list of careers websites is displayed in all form rooms and from September 2014 all pupils from the First to Fifth Form will have a copy of the list in their diaries. 

As well as strong links with our external careers advisers, we constantly strive to expand our links with employers to improve the provision of work experience placements and pupil understanding of the wider world of work.


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