Careers Leader: Mrs J Jackson, Transition and Engagement Leader, Careers
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0118 9413458
Career Related Learning is part of the curriculum that allows students to gain the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to be able to make informed choices about a career path and to begin to succeed in the world of work. The aim of a careers programme is to, not only show students the different routes open to them once they leave school, but to give them the skills to manage their career path, not limited to deciding when and where to move on to from school, but also to having the skills needed to secure and succeed in the workplace (also known as employability skills).
Denefield School’s aim is that every student, regardless of ability or circumstance, leaves with the foundations for a rich and fulfilling life. Success for Life includes having the knowledge necessary to understand and enjoy the work around them, and to progress to the next stage of education, training or employment and becoming economically independent and enjoying a rewarding career or occupation. Our character values form the basis for us to develop well-rounded individuals who have both the academic qualifications and personal attributes to thrive in society. Qualifications + Character = Success underpins how we believe that an individual needs more than academic learning to succeed in life.
We recognise our responsibility to provide all students with up-to-date and personalised careers advice. The world of work changes rapidly, as do the routes that lead to employment, and we aim to give each student help with understanding the opportunities that are available at 16, 18 and beyond.
Careers advice is provided through several means, including an independent Careers Adviser who visits the school on a weekly basis, PSHE lessons delivered during tutor time, visits from training providers and employers, and presentations given by our pool of professional parent and alumni volunteers. Our investment in careers advice ensures that the guidance we provide is current, impartial and relevant for the young people soon to be embarking upon their chosen courses and professions.
Advice begins at Key Stage 3, particularly around the time students are choosing their option subjects, and we ensure that every student in Year 11 has a plan for the next two years of their education, whether it be continuing into the Sixth Form with A levels, more vocational courses at college or an apprenticeship with a local business. Our Sixth Formers are also given advice and support, particularly with university and apprenticeship applications. Their destinations post-18 are monitored with interest, and they are warmly invited to return to Denefield as alumni to talk about their chosen career pathway.
If you would like more information about our careers programme, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs J Jackson. The impact of our careers programme is measured and assessed through progression and destinations information and through student voice.
Please click here for our three year Careers Action Plan 2020-2023
Our careers programme is reviewed annually in September. The next review is due September 2022.