The West Bridgford School

Careers

We aim to enable our students to learn about the world outside school so that they are aware of the possibilities open to them and to develop a range of skills, which will enable them to make the transition from school into the next phase of their lives. We recognise that guidance should be provided that is in the best interests of the young person, is presented in an impartial manner and that good careers guidance is distinctive to the needs of individual pupils.

 

Careers Education is delivered through PSHE in Years 7-11 and Learning and Career Development at Post 16, through Enrichment Days, tutor time, assemblies, Information Evenings and sessions with visitors. The curriculum is also seen as an opportunity for all teachers to link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career pathways.

 

The planned programme of activities enables our students to gain the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and attributes required to make informed choices about their 14-19 pathways and to enable them to manage their careers and sustain employment throughout their lives. This will take into account each student’s abilities, needs and preferences.

Our Careers Leaders are Mrs Mills-Afford and Mr Bowie (Post 16)

Entitlement Statement

Careers, Education, Advice and Guidance – What can you expect at the West Bridgford School?

As a student at The West Bridgford School you are entitled to receive a planned programme of careers education lessons and events/activities. This programme is designed to help you make informed choices about GCSE and A Level choices and future career.

  • You will receive Progress Reports and have regular Parents’ Consultation Afternoons to assess your progress and set targets
  • You will receive a programme of specific careers related lessons in PSHE
  • You will have access to mentoring support through your pastoral team
  • You will have access to Careers resources and information on Brightspace, including the KUDOS programme
  • You will receive information relevant to your year group through assembly and tutor time and through specific Careers Enrichment Days
  • Information events will also be provide for your parents/carers to enable them to support you in your decision making
  • You will be given the opportunity to meet a variety of employers

 

Careers, Education, Advice and guidance - What can you expect in The West Bridgford Sixth Form?

The Post 16 Team at The West Bridgford School is here to help you.  Support can be accessed at any time by asking The Director of Post 16, your form tutor or pastoral support.

  • You will have a personalised mentoring programme with your form tutor.
  • You will receive Progress Reports and have regular Parents’ Consultation Afternoons to assess your progress and set targets
  • You will have access to careers resources in the Sixth Form Study Room.
  • You will have opportunities to develop your leadership and employability skills
  • You will be invited to attend regular careers talks from a variety of external speakers
  • You will be given the opportunity to attend a High Level/Degree Level Apprenticeship Fair
  • participation opportunities including residential summer schools.
  • Information and support about how to apply for apprenticeships and jobs.

 Careers Programme

Year 7

  • Introduction to career options and different interchangeable qualities needed for various jobs (PSHE lessons) – exploring the skills individuals have currently that will benefit them in the work place and discuss other possible skills that might be required in
  • What different careers do you see on your way to school?’ (Activity/Competition) – as a form collectively discuss and write down all the different jobs you see on your way to school. Year group competition.
  • Careers Week Activity
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra

Year 8

  • Career choices and development of careers skills (PSHE lessons)
  • Step IntoThe NHS’ National competition – completed in forms across the year group. An overview of what the NHS is and the different roles within in
  • Careers Week Activity
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra

Year 9

  • Introduction to KUDOS programme – identify specific, personal skills and interests related to the world of work and explore different career interests
  • Options Day – all pupils attend different taster sessions of potential GCSE subject choices
  • Option Evening – presentation on options process for parents/careers and pupils as well as a chance to meet subject specific teachers
  • Careers Week Activity
  • Enterprise Day – external provider assists in delivering a collapsed down timetable day where all students participate in a careers themed event
  • My Future Choices’ career presentations (PSHE lessons)

Year 10

  • KUDOS access to all software programmes
  • 10 week block of careers focus, including - researching careers, looking at different types of job adverts, application forms, covering letters, preparing for interviews, difference between employed and unemployed, health and safety at work, gender equality and entrepreneur business tasks.
  • Head of Post 16 comes into PSHE lessons and gives a talk on higher education.
  • Careers Week Activity
  • Weekly career talk opportunities - held in Post 16 from visiting speakers, in various professions
  • Brightspace signposting through career Companion Extra

Year 11

  • KUDOS access to all software programmes
  • My Future Pathways Day – a range of providers from a variety of professions deliver inspiring talks and workshops within their field - pupils choose which talks they would like to attend
  • Interview techniques – a compulsory session on My Future Pathways Day in preparation for upcoming interviews
  • CV writing (two specific PSHE lessons)
  • CV support – (advice and feedback given via intervention team)
  • Informal interviews with Director of Learning/Head of Post 16
  • Mock Interviews  – all Year 11’s
  • Inspire Interviews  – identified Year 11’s
  • Year 11 intervention evening – open to parents/carers for support with Year 11 as well as advice and guidance for their child’s future
  • Post 16 Open Evening – presentation on Post 16 delivered by Head of Post 16 followed by the chance for parents/careers and pupils to go round to all A-level subject teachers to discuss options and content
  • Individual careers booklet (working document within tutor time) – includes recommended careers websites, personal analysis activities, higher education tips
  • Weekly career talk opportunities - held in Post 16 from visiting speakers, in various professions (published each term)
  • Apprenticeships Fair for targeted students
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra

Year 12

During Learning Career Development (LCD) and throughout the year:

  • Information on the full range of 18+options.
  • Promote independent careers software including icould and UCAS.
  • The opportunity to visit a local university.
  • An introduction to the UCAS process and begin your application.
  • Be made aware of opportunities to visit institutions and open days.
  • The opportunity to attend careers information talks at school delivered by external professionals.
  • The opportunity to get specialist information and support about courses such as medicine, law, physiotherapy, dentistry, veterinary science.
  • The opportunity to attend talks delivered by apprenticeship providers.
  • Information on accessing widening participation opportunities including residential summer schools.
  • Information and support about how to apply for apprenticeships and jobs.
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra

Year 13

During Learning Career Development (LCD) and throughout the year:

  • More specific information on the full range of 18+options
  • Help with the UCAS process and your personal statement
  • Be made aware of opportunities to visit institutions and open days
  • The opportunity to get specialist information and support about courses such as medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science and Oxbridge.
  • Impartial advice about student finance
  • Information and support about how to apply for apprenticeships and jobs.
  • The opportunity to attend a High Level/Degree Level Apprenticeship Fair
  • Brightspace signposting through Career Companion Extra