Careers

The Careers Department objective is to deliver independent advice to our students so that they can make constructive choices to achieve their aims and ultimately fulfil their ambitions. Independent advice is available throughout the year via the online resources in this section, through the careers section located in both school libraries and through independent advice at certain points of the academic year. All years are encouraged to visit the Careers Library, especially when choosing GCSE , A Level options, and Higher Education Courses. Our Careers Policy Satement is available to download below and via our Policy page of this website.

Websites

There are numerous websites which can offer a range of information in relation to careers and higher education. Please see our links section for both careers and higher education.

The government website for careers guidance is the National Careers Service.

General Information

There are two distinct information areas: The Careers Library (both school libraries) and University Information (Sixth Form Library).

  • The Careers Library has a large selection of books and magazines which are regularly updated, containing information and advice on choices of subjects, how to get into various careers, student finance, scholarships and bursaries, working abroad, voluntary organisations, and much more.

  • The University section contains prospectuses from a wide range of Higher Education institutions, together with information on Open Days, Courses and Gap Year opportunities.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

The Careers Department is responsible for the organisation and arranging of various activities in school

It is a statutory requirement for maintained schools and academies to provide Years 8-11 with the opportunity to access information regarding technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. Students will be given the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of professionals and apprentices from industries and providers during a range of initiatives including but not limited to the Year 8 Careers interview programme, the Year 11 interview programme and at a wide range of after school careers events which include:

  • Careers Thursdays, where outside speakers talk about their career path and about a particular profession.
  • Careers Interviews in Year 8
  • The Morrisby test in Year 10, (psychometric testing) to support career choices
  • Higher Education Evening in Year 12
  • The 6th Form Practice Interviews which take place at the end of Y12 to help prepare students for forthcoming university or job interviews.
  • The Centigrade test

Careers Information is also delivered during PSHE
 

https://www.unifrog.org/

​Unifrog is an online platform that supports secondary schools to deliver their statutory duty to provide students with impartial and independent guidance on the full range of post-school options. The platform is particularly helpful because it is the only place students can compare every undergraduate university course in the UK as well as international opportunities. Additionally, the Unifrog platform allows students to access FE courses and the most comprehensive list of apprenticeships available across the country, including higher, SLP and degree apprenticeships.

Once students have explored their interests and compared the full range of pathways available to them, Unifrog provides one place for students to draft all materials needed for applications such as CVs or Personal Statements.

All students in Year 12 now have access to this website, with the view to expand access in the upcoming year, in keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school.

To log in for the first time, students will be given a sign-up code which is unique to their Form Group.

Benefits for teachers

Unifrog is a whole-school platform for KS3, KS4 and KS5 which allows teachers to track their pupils’ progress and keep a record of the their research and careers interactions. It makes it easy for teachers to collaborate with students on finding their best next step for them. They’re able to provide feedback on applications such as CVs or Personal Statements as well as writing their subject references.

Information for parents

If you are a parent/carer and you would like to use Unifrog, we have set up a parent/carer login to allow you to support your young person every step of the way. Contact us for your unique login and guidance on how to navigate the platform.

If you would like more information on Unifrog please visit their website.​

 

Mrs Stella Platts

Head of Careers

(Tel: 01689 820101)

Contact 

 

Downloads

Careers Policy Statement