Miss K Foster & Miss S Iannone
At Pittville School our careers program is delivered throughout Years 7 to 11 through:
- Our PSCHE program
- Dedicated presentations to parents and students during school and after school
- Post-16 Careers Evening
- Guest speakers
- Tutor sessions
- One to one careers interviews
- Work Experience
- Workshops and competitions
This is a crucial year for students as they apply for post-16 places as well as preparing for GCSEs. In England students are required to stay in some form of training or education until their 18th birthday. The options are:
- Full-time education eg at a school or college.
- An apprenticeship or traineeship.
- Part-time education – as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours a week or more.
Our aim is to ensure that all students have places that will prepare them for their chosen careers so it is vital that they think carefully about their applications. Information is provided through PSHE sessions, tutors, assemblies, presentations and materials are available in the Careers Library. Support is provided with writing applications, producing CVs and personal statements, interview techniques and selecting courses.
The most common destinations for our students are Balcarras, Bournside, Cleeve, Cirencester College, Gloucestershire College and Hartpury. Other destinations include Pate’s Grammar School, Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Crypt, Stroud College, Cheltenham Town, Stage Door Learning, local apprenticeships and the armed services.
Year 10 students all take part in work experience at the end of the summer term and each student is responsible for organising their own placement. Support is provided during tutor time. This is a key opportunity to experience life in the workplace, learn new skills and find out about the sort of career that will suit them. This is also forms an important part of applications to post-16 providers.
Year 9 students will start to learn about the range of careers opportunities available to them through their subject areas. Our new three-year keystage four allows teachers to provide deeper knowledge of their subjects and a wider range of activities to develop employability skills.
Year 8 pupils will choose their Keystage 4 courses during Year 8. This process starts at the end of the autumn term when students will hear about the options process and is completed at the start of the spring term. Parents are invited to an Options Evening and a Parents’ Evening so they have the opportunity to speak to teachers and careers advisors before helping students make their final choices.
When students first arrive at school we concentrate on making them aware of the wide range of options that will be available to them as they go through the school and building up their employability skills.