Mrs Prew, the School Careers Lead, is based in the Careers Centre for two and half days a week during term time and for A Level and GCSE Results days in August. However, timings are flexible to meet individual pupils’ careers appointments. The Careers Centre houses Café 6 which is open daily between 10.45 to 11.10 am and 12.45 to 14.00 pm. The Centre is seen as a comfortable and conducive environment for Sixth Form pupils to spend break times and lunch times, where they also have access to careers materials and can also attend individual meetings with Mrs Prew.
Mrs Prew operates an “open door” policy with pupils to provide individual, impartial and appropriate careers advice and guidance for their next steps after school.
In addition, Sixth Form pupils are able to access the computer area in the Careers Centre during study times where they can revise and research possible career routes. There is appropriate internet-linked provision for the pupils to use for study and a wide range of regularly, updated career-based information and resources to review.
For those pupils who wish to progress to university, a dedicated member of the Academic staff, Mr Scarboro, supports Years 12 and 13 pupils to investigate and identify the appropriate university routes and complete UCAS applications. Years 12/13 also have opportunities to visit higher education fairs, apprenticeship events and potential universities or colleges, as well attending Visiting Speaker presentations.
The Careers Department aims to deliver impartial and up-to-date careers information, advice and guidance as an integral part of the ethos of teaching and learning for the whole School from Years 7 – 13.