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Careers Education and Guidance

St John Fisher is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7 -13 which adheres to the guidelines as outlined in The Gatsby Benchmarks. 

In 2017 the school was awarded the Careers Standard for our work in Careers Education and Guidance.

High quality, independent careers guidance is crucial in helping students emerge from school ready for the next step in their education or employment.

All students have access to a full programme of impartial advice, guidance, and support, tailored to meet their individual needs, which provides information regarding progression into further or higher education and employment.

Students can, at any time, request a careers appointment. Parents and Carers are welcome to accompany their child.

We aim to ensure all our students acquire the skills and knowledge to:

  • develop an understanding of the world of work and how to respond to changes in today’s workplace
  • develop research skills to full utilise information, advice and guidance
  • develop self-knowledge and be confident in making decisions and career choices
  • develop skills required to review achievements, plan future actions and make decisions and handle the transition process
  • full policy details and a breakdown of activities in each year group can be found on the school intranet.

There is a full programme of careers education across all year groups including timetabled lessons and extra-curricular activities, which ensures that students are aware of the range of opportunities and choices that are available to them.

Although most students follow a traditional curriculum leading to the English GCSE Baccalaureate, there are also applied options available at KS4. In the Associated Sixth Form we offer a comprehensive range of A Level and Applied Courses.

We welcome talks and visits from a wide range of external providers, and we are always looking to extend this provision. We hold special assemblies, school visits and off timetable days as well as dedicated careers lessons to ensure our provision is as wide and varied as possible.  In March each year we hold a careers fair where a range of employers, Colleges and universities offer advice and guidance to our pupils. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you feel you could support this event.

In Year 11 and the Sixth Form the Careers programme is run in partnership with St Aidan’s and our pupils have access to the wealth of resources at St Aidan’s.

Full details of our career education and guidance provision including how we measure and assess the impact of our provision is contained within the Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy

Careers Education Policy

Curriculum

CEG starts in Year 7. Pupils have access to a wide range of careers education and guidance through a series of activities including:

  • Off timetable days with a specific CEG focus
  • Dedicated Careers lessons within PSHCE
  • Options forums and events at key transition points
  • External talks and visits from universities, colleges and employers
  • Lunch time drop in sessions for all year groups
  • Meetings with fully Qualified Careers Advisors

Careers in the Sixth Form

The Associated Sixth Form offer a comprehensive careers programme, full details are listed under the Sixth form careers page on this website

A wealth of information relating to life after Year 13 can be found on the website below and students can utilise the careers facilities located at Bede House on the St Aidan’s site.

St Aidan's CareersFurther research- the following Websites provide useful information on supporting your son or daughter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Wooldridge at school.

Kudos Careers Research

  • A computer program, which suggests career ideas for you based on your response to a series of multiple-choice questions
  • You will need the licence code, contact Mrs Wooldridge for this 

eCLIPS Careers Information

  • A web-based resource, which will give you in-depth and up to date information on thousands of jobs.
  • A-Z of careers with really useful information and websites
  • Contact Mrs Wooldridge for the password.

National Careers ServiceA web-based resource which provides information, advice and guidance across England to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities

Associated Sixth Form

Sixth Form Prospectus

Apprenticeships

National CareersUCAS ApprenticeshipsSt Aidans CareersSt Aidans Apprenticeships

UCAS

UCAS All CoursesUCAS Conservatoires – Music and Drama CoursesUK Course Finder – Matches courses to your interestsProspectus FinderWhatuni

Information on A Level Requirements

Russell Group

Information on Accredited Companies Offering Gap Year Opportunities

Year Out Group