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St Peter's
Catholic School

Careers Programme

 

Our Careers and Employability Programme is based on a framework of ‘learning outcomes’ provided by the Career Development Institute (the career development professional body) and underpinned by the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. 

The programme builds progressively and aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge they require to be able to make an informed choice about their future options.   Our careers provision offers tailored support for all our students, meaning that every student, including SEN students’ individual needs are met.

KEY STAGE 3

From Year 7 we introduce students to our careers resources in the Library.  They receive a lesson on using our career's exploration software package ‘STARTProfile’ which they will use throughout their time at school to explore jobs they are interested in and the personal qualities and skills required to be successful.  They can use START to track their own progress in relation to their skills development and career ideas.

All students in Key Stage 3 have two tutor time sessions on careers every half term. In addition, students learn about personal development, planning, and decision-making in their Citizenship, English and RE lessons. 

In Year 8, students learn about employability skills and the importance of developing these.   They will also have the opportunity to attend a careers-related activity with an external employer.

In Year 9, students further investigate the world of work by attending a speed-networking event and meeting local business people.  They focus on making choices for their GCSE subjects and explore how to keep their options open. A number of opportunities are provided for students and parents to consider the options available in assemblies, parents’ meetings, in their lessons and with their form tutors and subject teachers, as well as guidance appointments with Mrs Calvert.

KEY STAGE 4

In Year 10, students enjoy a number of career activities during the summer term in addition to the regular tutor time careers sessions.  They visit local businesses to explore how a business is run and learn about their local labour market.  They meet local employers in a career's insight session and former students in an alumni session.   Students will also develop their public speaking and confidence skills in a half-day workshop and attend a session where they will create a CV.

In Year 11 students focus on making decisions for their options after GCSEs.  They will attend a ‘taster’ day in the Sixth Form, experiencing lessons in subjects they are interested in and will have the opportunity to visit two local colleges.

All students receive a one-to-one guidance interview to discuss their ‘next step’ and career aspirations, and they will have the opportunity to experience a practice interview with external professional interviewers.

KEY STAGE 5

In Year 12, students participate in the school’s employability award, helping them to develop their transferrable skills via a number of tasks.  In addition, they attend a ‘Futures’ programme where they can focus on HE courses available and/or alternative routes, with dedicated Oxbridge/medical/dental groups running regularly.  They attend an HE convention, university tasters, and we offer all Year 12s the opportunity to do a week’s work experience. 

Students continue the employability award in Year 13.  In addition, workshops are held to assist with completing UCAS and apprenticeship applications. 

All students in Year 12 and 13 receive one to one guidance as needed, either via a direct request or the recommendation of their tutor.

View the school’s Careers, Education and Guidance Policy  here.