Careers

Careers

Louise Moorman: Careers Leader - e-mail: lmoorman@shipstonhigh.co.uk

Careers education, information, advice and guidance is available to all students at Shipston High School, it is woven throughout the daily curriculum through lessons, specific activities and whole day events. The government has launched a new careers strategy placing the Gatsby benchmarks at the heart of careers provision in schools, which we aim to adopt as a mark of quality provision. At Shipston High School we work very hard to ensure all students have a positive destination when they leave school.

Year 7 and 8
Students take part in Careers days. These involve thinking about their futures and what skills they might need to reach their potential.

Year 9
We hold a Further and Higher Education day where students take part in various different workshops which are delivered by Further Education providers and outside industries. These range from Universities, Sixth Forms and Colleges to apprenticeship providers such as Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin.
Until the end of Year 9 choices about what students study are made for them. However during Year 9 students choose their options and start to take more control and have more responsibility. Since the choice of subjects they study - and the ones they leave behind - may affect what they can do in the future, Year 9 students have careers talks during lessons and a one-to-one meeting with the Careers Advisor to help them with their choices,

Year 10 and 11
Students have timetabled fortnightly careers lessons to give them all the advice and guidance they need to help them make the right choices. These lessons cover Work Experience, Sixth Form, College, Apprenticeships, Application Forms, Mock Interviews, CV writing, Life Skills, Communication Skills, labour market information, employability skills and much more. There are also many visitors from local companies and businesses, sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeship providers, universities and even ex-students come in to tell us about what they are doing and how they got there, together with special assemblies with guest speakers. In the Autumn Term we hold a Further Education/Careers Fair open to Years 9, 10 and 11 and their parents which is attended by local education and apprenticeship providers.

All students in Years 10 and 11 have a one-to-one meeting with the Careers advisor and, if required, they can be seen as many times as they need.  This is supported by visits out of school to industry, universities, sixth forms and colleges for pupils to experience for themselves what their next steps will be like.

Work Experience
All Year 10 pupils are expected to take part in work experience for a week during the summer term.  Former placements have included many local businesses and companies who willingly work with us, including architects, graphic designers, computer programmers, radio stations, engineering companies (including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Formula 1 teams); we even had students with the England Cricket team! The school has excellent links with local employers to help students find placements they are really interested in.

Destinations
At Shipston High School we work very hard to ensure that all students have a positive destination.
"Careers Education, advice and guidance are carefully planned. Students undertake a work experience placement in Year 10, engage with employers, 6th forms, colleges and universities through careers fairs, and receive advice on how to prepare for the next stage in their education. The success of this work is evident in that all students secured a place in further education, employment or training by the end of year 11". Ofsted 2015

Further Education
All students leave Shipston High School at the end of Year 11. They are required to stay in Further Education or employment with training (apprenticeships) until they are 18.

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