Key Stage Three
In year 8, through LLW, pupils explore their skills and qualities. They have the opportunity to join the Careers Club where they can look at jobs of the past and see how these jobs can feed into jobs of the future.
In Year 9 pupils examine Innovation and Enterprise; they look at LMI,employment trends and have the opportunity to get involved in a Junior Apprentice competition.
Year 10 focus is on employability skills. The pupils again try to identify their skills and qualities and many undertake the Tenner Challenge. We also provide a Careers Information Evening for pupils and parents in November while in January, Careers department hold interviews with pupils and parents to discuss GCSE choices and options. Prior to interview pupils have to create a Careers Action Plan. All pupils receive a Year 10 Choices Booklet in which every department gives details of their subject at GCSE, how it is assessed and what are the potential career paths related to their subject. Prior to interview the Learning Guidance Forum meets to discuss pupil performance and look at extenuating circumstances which may be impacting on performance.
All Year 11 pupils undertake at least 3 days of work shadowing in June in our World of Work week. In 2015 we had about a 95% uptake from students. The idea is for pupils to experience the world of work and the focus is on them gaining some insight into the adult working environment.
In Year 12 students will examine opportunities for self-employment. Pupils will attend talks by local entrepreneurs as part of their LLW class. We work closely with the Careers Service NI and each pupil receives an initial interview with Careers officer, followed by further interviews if required. Careers Information Choices Evening for parents and pupils is held in January. Careers department hold interviews in February with pupils and parents to discuss A-level choices and other options if necessary. Prior to interview the Learning Guidance Forum meets to discuss pupil performance and look at extenuating circumstances which may be impacting on performance. In preparation for interview, pupils have to create a Careers Action Plan. Year 12 Choices Booklet is produced. In it each department gives details of their subject at A level, how it is assessed and what are the potential career paths related to their subject. Year 12 pupils also have the opportunity to get involved with the Sentinus Insight into Engineering scheme for both boys and girls.
All Year 13 students receive a discreet careers class in which they prepare for work shadow, research courses and universities and begin work on their personal statement for UCAS. In January all students undertake a week of work shadow. Work experience in Germany for Lower 6 pupils studying German is arranged. In March they attend the UCAS conference. In May there is a Twilight Higher Education information session for parents. All L6 students, along with parents, have an interview with Careers staff in June. Prior to interview the Learning Guidance Forum meets to discuss pupil performance and look at extenuating circumstances which may be impacting on performance. In preparation for interview, pupils have to create a Careers Action Plan. Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to attend Insight Days organised by Charter, attend talks by admissions tutors from local, Southern, Scottish and English Universities, Institutes of Further and Higher Education and a range of local and globally based business and companies. In May a series of lunch time Admissions Tests information sessions are held.4 students also attend Cambridge Summer School in July, accompanied by a member of staff.
Students are given the opportunity to attend university Open days at UU, QUB and St Mary’s. Each students receives 4 classes for UCAS applications and 5 classes in preparation for Interview Skills Day. Interview Skills requires students to submit an application form prior to interview which is marked by an advisor. On the day they are assessed in Group activities, interviewed by an outside advisor and sit an aptitude test. Mock MMI’s were held for medical, dental and nursing applicants Students attended presentations from Deloitte, PwC, Belfast Met and Student Finance NI. Information session for parents prior to U6 Oxbridge students had separate practice interviews.
Mr Paul Collins (HOD)
Ms Grainne Scullion