Career progression forms an integral part of both the school curriculum and pastoral system. Time is allocated across all stages of the curriculum, and whilst co-ordinated by the Careers department, teaching staff and tutors are actively involved in careers work.
Year 7 – 9
The School introduces Careers Education in Year 7, where the focus is around self awareness and skills development. At this stage, pupils develop their language of skills and how these may be progressed through clubs, volunteering and leadership roles.
Year 8 pupils undertake the Morrisby Aspirations questionnaire, forming the basis of an individual profile that is developed throughout their time at Abbot’s Hill and beyond. We also participate in the national ‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day’ scheme to gain first insights into professional environments.
GCSE subjects and courses are discussed in Year 9, and care is given to ensure that the selection of subjects retains an open career choice. Pupils and parents are regularly guided to sources of information on the qualities and qualifications required in a broad range of careers, including recognised websites and the well-stocked Careers Room.
Year 10 and looking beyond GCSEs
In Year 10, we begin to prepare for post GCSE opportunities. We host a Sixth Form Forum, where a wide range of schools and colleges are invited to present 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 Post-16 Information Evening also provides an opportunity for parents and pupils to discover more about options after GCSEs, including A levels, the local consortium, ‘new’ subjects, alternative qualifications and apprenticeships.
Year 10 pupils are encouraged to explore a wide-range of career possibilities through career clinics and talks held within PSHCEE lessons and also at lunchtimes or after school; they receive regular visits from working people talking about their careers and giving independent and impartial information and advice. This includes parents, alumni and industry representatives. Year 10 gains skills in writing applications and CVs. Every pupil has the opportunity of at least one interview with an external career professional and the Head of Careers. Full Morrisby profiling also takes place in Year 10.
Important decisions concerning next steps and future careers are made in Year 11; the transition from school to further education can be a daunting prospect, but our pupils are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to feel confident in their choices. A work experience scheme for all Year 11 pupils is in operation. The school runs various events throughout the year providing parents and pupils with the opportunity to get more post-16 information from external as well as internal speakers. In addition, Year 11 also enjoys a series of careers clinics and talks with education and industry representatives.