Careers Education and Guidance

The school is committed to providing the best possible careers advice and guidance, tailored to meet the individual needs of students.

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. All students also 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.

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.

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 below:

CEIAG Policy

Staff

Mrs Wooldridge is Head of Careers for lower school and can be contacted on the main school number (01423 887254) or via email ewooldridge@sjfchs.org.uk . The careers office is located on the 3rd floor which is where the careers meetings are held.

Mrs Wooldridge works closely with Mrs Bennett (Head of Careers at St Aidan’s) and Miss Horton, (both are Level 7 Qualified Careers Advisors), to provide a comprehensive careers education and guidance programme across all year groups.

We welcome talks and visits from a wide range of external providers and we are always looking to extend this provision.  If you would like to arrange to speak to our pupils please contact Mrs Wooldridge who will be happy to discuss how we can best accommodate this.  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. Specific Careers related information and further details can be found at:

http://www.staidans.co.uk/departments/careers

Mr Melville is in charge of careers within the sixth form. Mr Melville works closely with senior tutors and the careers department at St Aidan’s to provide an integrated approach to careers education and guidance across both schools.

Departmental Aims

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 and we seek to ensure we adhere to the guidelines as outlined in The Gatsby Benchmarks.  In January 2017 we were awarded the Careers Standard for our work in Careers Education and Guidance.

In line with the statutory guidance above, we firmly believe that every child should leave school prepared for life in today’s society. High quality, independent careers guidance is crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions. We can demonstrate that we fulfil this obligation and ensure our students develop high aspirations and consider a broad range of career options.

All students have entitlement to careers support and at anytime they can have a careers appointment where they will receive impartial and realistic information, advice and guidance.

We aim to ensure all our students are able to have 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. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Dukes at school or via: jdukes@sjfchs.org.uk

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 PSCHEE
  • 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 Level 7 Qualified Careers Advisors

In addition to the planned programme pupils are also very welcome to request a careers interview. They can do this through contacting Mrs Dukes in school or via email (jdukes@sjfchs.org.uk) Parents are very welcome to attend.

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.

www.staidans.co.uk/Departments/Careers

Further 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 Dukes at school.

www.cascaid.co.uk/kudos – Careers research

  • A computer programme, 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 Dukes for this 

www.eclips-online.co.uk – 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 Dukes for the password.

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – Careers information

  • A 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

  • www.apprenticeships.org.uk
  • Information on Apprenticeships available locally and nationally

UCAS

Information on A Level Requirements

Information on Accredited Companies Offering Gap Year Opportunities

  • www.yearoutgroup.org.uk