Careers work forms an integral part of both the school curriculum and the pastoral system. Time is allocated in all Key Stages within the curriculum. Although the careers work is co-ordinated by the Careers department, all tutorial staff are actively involved.
We benefit from close links and an effective working relationship with The Hertfordshire Careers Service. They are always available to give detailed information and advice concerning employment, further and higher education. The school introduces Careers Education in Year 7. In Year 9, when subject and courses are discussed, care is exercised to ensure that the selection of subjects retain an open career choice. Pupils are also guided to places where they find information about the qualities and qualifications required in a broad range of careers. Pupils will have regular visits from working people talking about their careers and giving independent and impartial information and advice. This includes parents, alumni and industry representatives.
In Year 10, pupils begin to prepare for their next level of study post GCSE. They are encouraged to explore a wide-range of career possibilities. They gain skills in writing applications and CVs. Every student has the opportunity of at least one interview with external careers professionals and the Head of Careers. Morrisby profiling also takes place in Year 10 and girls may opt for an interview with a member of the Morrisby team to discuss the results of their reports.
Important decisions concerning future careers are made in Year 11; the transition from school to work, further education or a Post-16 course in school. A work experience scheme for all Year 11 students is in operation. The school runs various events throughout the year providing parents with the opportunity to get more post-16 information from external as well as internal speakers. A Sixth Form Forum is usually organised in the Autumn term, where we invite many schools and colleges to come and give information to prospective pupils. This is an invaluable event where pupils and parents have the chance to speak directly with representatives of the different organisations.
The school has a fully equipped Careers’ room which is updated regularly. This includes prospectuses for popular maintained and independent schools, colleges and universities. Books about job applications, CVs and letters of application are provided, as well as extensive resources to give information on a vast range of careers. How2become has been a UK leading career specialist since 2005. All of their resources are designed to help students and job seekers achieve their desired careers. Their range of literature explores careers from The Police and Emergency Services to becoming an Airline Pilot or MI5 Intelligence Officer,
The school also has several careers computer packages and Apps which can be accessed by all pupils.