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Careers Guidance

Supporting you to make informed choices about your future career

At Crompton House School we recognise that we are preparing our young people for the future world of work, in a large variety of roles, some of which have not yet been invented. A responsibility we take very seriously.

I am very pleased with the course and careers’ guidance my children have received at Crompton House.

Our careers’ education programme aims to equip our young people with the skills and knowledge to help them make informed decisions about their future and to help them succeed in an ever changing global world of work.  As such, guidance is embedded in our curriculum structure to provide a clear framework of careers’ education. Providing opportunities for students to understand where to find and how to access information about potential career choices, subject and qualifications requirements along with access to external support and guidance, signposting to external agencies as required. We continually review our guidance provision to ensure it supports our students appropriately.

Key staff

 

Janet Murphy – Positive Steps Careers Advisor – Learning Zone
Danyel Dunkley – Assistant Headteacher – The Hub
Heads of House – The Hub
Lyndsey Howarth – Head of Sixth Form – The Sixth Form Centre
Academic Tutors – The Sixth Form Centre

 

Delivery and content of programmes

A summary of the specific provision for careers is outlined below

In Year 7 students begin to explore the world of work and different careers in relation to the subjects they study during PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons.  During the spring term all students participate in an interactive educational resource called ‘The Real Game’, aimed at helping student understand the connection between their studies at school and their adult life ahead, to promote an understanding of the world of work, and their future roles in it.

Students learn how a person’s  career is built by everyday choices and decisions, starting in childhood which encompass every area of life including:

  • Family & Friends
  • Education
  • Recreational activities
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Community involvement
  • Dealing with labour market conditions

In the Spring term all Year 8 pupils are invited to attend the annual Options and Careers’ Fair to help them think about what they might like to do in the future and help inform their option subjects’ choices.  A wide range of businesses attend the fair to discuss careers pathways with pupils and their parents.   Stalls provide information, leaflets about the industries and staff are on hand to answer students’ questions about what the job involves, what qualifications are needed, what pay to expect, what prospects there are. Teachers from each subject option also attend to give advice and answer questions.

Parents and pupils discuss option choices with subject staff and Option Information evening – information about subject choices along with advice on careers that subjects can lead to is available in the Options booklets and in the subject sections of the website.

 

The school works in partnership with Oldham Positive Steps team who provide a range of information, advice, guidance and employability support for young people in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside. This helps pupils make a smooth transition to adulthood and working life through services delivered in schools, colleges and in the local community.

A Positive Steps careers’ adviser is available in the School Learning Zone each week during term time for individual careers guidance for pupils aged from 13 to 19.

The school works in partnership with Oldham Positive Steps team who provide a range of information, advice, guidance and employability support for young people in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside. This helps pupils make a smooth transition to adulthood and working life through services delivered in schools, colleges and in the local community.

A Positive Steps careers’ adviser is available in the School Learning Zone each week during term time for individual careers’ guidance for pupils aged from 13 to 19.

In Year 11 all students are required to take part in a work experience placement to give them first hand experience of the world of work.

Students are given 6 months advance notice, with placements taking place in the Autumn Term normally during December. Students are encouraged and supported to find their own placement in a field which most suits their personal area of interest.

We have a number of local companies who regularly provide quality placements for our students for which we are very grateful and are always keen to hear from parents or local businesses who can help us to provide this important experience for our students.

The school works in partnership with Oldham Positive Steps team who provide a range of information, advice, guidance and employability support for young people in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside. This helps pupils make a smooth transition to adulthood and working life through services delivered in schools, colleges and in the local community.

A Positive Steps careers’ advisor is available in the School Learning Zone each week during term time. All Year 11 students are offered individual guidance interviews with a positive steps careers advisor during the Spring Term.

Students who are thinking of progressing to Sixth Form take part in a ‘Welcome to Sixth Form Day’ held in the Summer Term.

Students in the Sixth Form can access to impartial Careers’ Advice and Guidance via drop in sessions with Positive Steps  advisers during break and lunchtimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sixth form students are guided by academic tutors based on their career choices. Students interested in a career in medicine or Oxbridge for instance are attached to the Academic Tutor who specialises in this area. Each Academic tutor has a specialism.

Throughout the year students are given regular opportunities to attend sessions by external agencies on specific career choices e.g. midwifery, nursing, medicine, teaching, police, engineering the list goes on. We hold weekly assemblies allowing all students to gain an understanding of different post 18 options available to them and invite different speakers who help develop the social, emotional and health of all students.

We run Higher Education days where students can get support on:

  • writing personal statements
  • CV’s
  • applying to University
  • the UCAS process
  • guidance on choosing the the right university and HE courses for them
  • All Year 12 students attend the UCAS convention which provides information about all universities in the UK

Crompton House Sixth Form has strong links with many local universities for example Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Lancaster. In addition we provide a prestigious university and Oxbridge pathway throughout Year 12 and Year 13 which include open days, workshops, guest speakers and mock interviews for all those students interested in this Post 18 option.

All Sixth Form students are required to take either the Extended Project Qualification or the Leadership Project which helps to develop their leadership skills and involves them in extra-curricular experiences in and out of school time. This is launched at the start of the year during a careers’ day for all Year 12 – where time is spent researching students’ chosen pathways and skills required for application to jobs, including interview skills and understanding of all post 18 options e.g. apprenticeships, gap years, foundation course, jobs.

Students are encouraged to evaluate the guidance provided to them both independently and also within school. They take part in regular surveys to help guide students’ needs and review the guidance that is being offered. In addition the Positive Steps Employability and Progression Co-ordinator issues a post 18 choice questionnaire to students in the year to help with career pathways.

Alumni

From time to time ex pupils are invited back to school to talk about their experiences, career or give general advice during assemblies.

Resources

A range of physical and online resources are available to help students choose the right training path to suit their career choice.

Careers' Fair

Held in Spring Term with a wide range of businesses represented helping to inform option choices for Year 8 pupils.

 

My children both went on excellent work experience placements, and by discussing their options with school staff they have a very good understanding of what they need to do to achieve their goals in life.

 

Find out more

NCS_Logo_masterartworkUseful Resources

You can access free support, advice and guidance from the National Careers Service online or by phone on 0800 100 900.

http://careerpoint-gm.co.uk/

http://www.positive-steps.org.uk/