Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to you at the start of this academic year to provide you with some information regarding the school’s careers provision so that you are aware of the support and guidance that will be available to your son/daughter in Year 10 and 11.

As part of the school’s provision students have access to careers advice and support through the school’s partnership with the Connexions service. Students receive an individual interview from a Connexions advisor where they will have the opportunity to discuss and plan for further study and careers. In most cases students will receive this interview during Key Stage 4, however in particular circumstances this interview may take place lower down the school if it is beneficial for the student. In individual cases further interviews are required and all students are also provided with opportunities to request earlier/additional interviews. The school also works collaboratively with the Connexions service to provide valuable focused careers sessions on topics ranging from apprenticeship awareness to student finance.

Students are also involved in a designated Careers Week every year (from Year 8) as they move up through the school. The focus of the week is specific to each year group and is appropriate to their age e.g. ‘College Application’s week for Y11. Information is also provided to students through Immersion days, external visits, assemblies, form notices, careers posters and the VLE. Within this particular aspect of the school’s careers provision students have access to ‘Cascaid’ This is an online career package that allows students to explore further and higher education, career options and subject requirements in order to make informed decisions at every stage of their progression through school. Access to Cascaid is also available to students at home and instructions are provided on the school VLE along with further careers information such as links to useful websites and contacts like the National Careers Service. Students also have access to a personal Careers Record. In this record students keep notes and useful information together as they progress through the school.

Further careers support and guidance is provided through the Careers, Well-Being and Life Issues (CWL) programme that forms part of the school curriculum. Throughout both key stages students explore a variety of topics with designated elements of the programme being focused specifically on careers. This focus is through the content that these topics cover, such as writing a CV and through the development of valuable, transferable careers skills. Immersion Day activities also support this programme as do College visits and guest speakers.

As parents/carers you can support your son/daughter by using the VLE links and resources to help them explore further education and careers at home. Taking your son/daughter to College open days at Key Stage 4 is also valuable (dates are communicated to students at school) as is using the National Careers Service to investigate options and gather useful information. To further extend this support a Year KS4 Post 16 Evening for students and parents has been organised for Thursday 13th October. During this information evening you will receive information on post 16 options and also have the opportunity to speak to representatives from Connexions, colleges, training providers and companies. This year we have taken the decision to invite both Year 10 and Year 11. Year 11 will be able to look into specific post 16 pathways whilst Year 10 will be able to investigate options in preparation for Year 11.

Please can you indicate whether you would like to attend by completing the reply slip below and returning it via you son/daughter to the Main Office at school. The evening will run from 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Main Hall. Approximately 30 guests (colleges etc) will be available for you and your son/daughter to visit. You are free to arrive and leave at times that are convenient for you within the time period provided above. Please be advised that the school car park will be reserved for guests running the various stalls. The North Yard will be available for parking on the night and access to the Hall will be through the Science corridor. The North Yard can be accessed by turning right at the bottom of Laurel Street and staff will be available to direct all visitors during the evening.

Kind Regards

Mr A. Rashud
Assistant Headteacher

Download the letter and reply slip by clicking here