We encourage students to explore a range of careers and not to be influenced by stereotypes: most of our students go on to university or onto professional training courses.
Our careers suite houses a large careers library and study area. Students have access to a wide range of resources, including videso, computer programmes and the Internet.
Careers lessons are part of PSHE from Year 7 and students make their option choices in Year 9 when a greater emphasis is put on the links between career opportunities and different school subjects. In Years 10 and 11 we use interactive games and role play to do further careers research. We organise speakers, and students have the opportunity to discuss their plans with a senior member of staff. At the end of Year 12 all students have a two day intensive careers course during which they learn to complete university and other application forms and have a trial interview with a university lecturer or employer. The school careers teachers organise a Careers Convention biennially; approximately 80 organisations are represented.
In Year 10 students complete an enterprise project linking industrial experience with their academic studies. In Year 11 they participate in a week of work experience in the summer term after they have completed their GCSE examinations. Work experience is also offered in the Sixth Form. Those following A-Level courses sometimes spend time in local business or industry on a regular basis each week. Others choose to do a week of work experience during the school holiday.