Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) is a very important part of the curriculum for our students. There are three strands of CEG - self-development, career exploration and career management. Students are helped to better understand themselves and their own specific needs and capabilities by being encouraged to explore their personal characteristics, the influences on them and to build and develop a record of their experiences. Increased self-awareness helps students to explore opportunities and use information in positive and realistic ways in developing strategies to aim high to improve their progression in learning. Impartial guidance allows students to make and adjust their own plans and take responsibility for managing career choices, changes and transitions. They are also helped to begin to understand the world of work and its changing career opportunities and to see the relevance of school to their future lives.
Careers work takes place in RAFT (registration and form time), timetabled lessons and timetable-collapse days. In Year 11 students complete a two-week work experience placement and complete their Preparation for Working Life qualification.
In Year 9 there is a guided Key Stage 4 Options Process for students and there are additional Information, Advice and Guidance Meetings for Year 10 and Year 11 parents/carers and students at the start of each academic year.
Students have the opportunity to have individual KS4 options and careers discussions as they move through the school. This includes significant support with post-16 options as students move through Year 11.
The school's Careers Coordinator is Miss A. Wilson. The Year 11 Preparation for Working Life qualification is led by Miss E. Elstone.