College Open Dates

 

Covid-19- please note:  We are endeavouring to maintain our careers programme through utilising online platforms and virtual experiences as much as possible, and we are looking at more exciting ways for students to develop their understanding of the workplace, some of the scheduled careers events may be subject to change but we will aim to run them in some capacity.

 

 

At St. Crispin’s, we recognise that being “work ready” is just as important as the qualifications you hold.  Students will be given opportunities to develop and hone their employability skills through a range of events and activities; some internally delivered but others which involve our local advisors/trustees as well as local employers.

Our careers provision at St. Crispin’s is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks as recommended in the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the Statutory Guidance for Careers (January 2018).

School is the place where all students, whatever their family background, can get unbiased information, advice and guidance on the whole range of career pathways.”

Sir John Holman 2018
Gatsby Foundation

In line with these Benchmarks, St. Crispin’s supports students as follows:

  • Assemblies led by local employers, former students and career experts
  • Two Year 10 Careers Days
  • Attendance at local Careers Fayre
  • Year 10 Aspirations Day
  • Year 10 Living in the wider world
  • Year 9 Options Evening
  • Year 7-11 Tutor Programme
  • A Dedicated Careers Library
  • Career insight talks – All Year 10 students will receive at least one face to face session with a qualified ADVIZA Careers Advisor
  • Support with employability skills
  • Mock interviews
  • Impartial information on Post 16 and Post 18 career options.

All students in Year 10 will write a CV which local employees will read and feedback on.  Our advice to students to make your personal statement/ CV stand out is to ensure that they have studied around their subjects.  They are directed to the free online course at FutureLearn where they can access from hundreds of free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

There is a huge range of careers advice and information available and it can be difficult to distinguish between what is most useful or not.  The following links to the right are recommended as a starting point for further reading.

Sixth Form students are guided closely for university application or vocational opportunities.

Our careers programme is regularly reviewed to ensure that students are given the right guidance and support in an ever changing society as well as changes in statutory guidance.

The impact of the careers programme with be measured and assessed by:

  • analysing destination data
  • analysing NEET data
  • Compass + self-evaluation tool which leads to an action plan
  • feedback from staff following key events.

The careers programme, are evaluated both by the Deputy Headteacher and Careers Lead, using teacher and student feedback.

The careers programme is assessed using the Compass + Careers Benchmark Tool.

For the 2021/22 academic year, the programme is planned as follows: (all trips are subject to COVID-19 restrictions)

Year group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7 Sessions completed with the Character Education programme

Embedded within curriculum lessons within subjects

Science Club/Robotics Clubs

Sessions completed with the Character Education programme

Embedded within curriculum lessons within subjects

Science Club/Robotics Clubs

National Careers Week Assembly and activities

National Apprenticeships Week Assembly and activities

 

 

Sessions completed with the Character Education programme

Embedded within curriculum lessons within subjects

Science Club/Robotics Clubs

Year 8 Science Club/Robotics Clubs

Sessions completed with the Character Education programme

Embedded within curriculum lessons within subjects

Sessions completed with the Character Education programme

Embedded within curriculum lessons within subjects

Careers Focus Day:

  •  Introduction to soft employability skills and improving self- confidence.
  • Students introduced to how their online presence can affect their career.
  • Students will have the opportunity to interview real life local employers and learn about the local job market.

National Careers Week Assembly and activities

National Apprenticeships Week Assembly and activities

Sessions completed with the Character Education programme

Embedded within curriculum lessons within subjects

Year 9 Morrisby

  • Online career planning platform ‘Morrisby’. This allows them to match strength and interests to
  • Presentation to students from university lecturers about the use of studying a language
KS4 options evening

Options Assembly

National Careers Week Assembly and activities

National Apprenticeships Week Assembly and activities

Maths Challenge

All students participate in a Maths day with Ringwood which allows them to understand employability skills and different careers.

Year 10 Adviza

  • Careers advice offered – small groups sessions for all Year 10 students

National Skills Challenge as run by Inspirational Learning Group

Employability and Team work soft skills focus day.

National Careers Week Assembly and activities

National Apprenticeships Week Assembly and activities

CV and Employability workshop and focus day:

  • Students draft CV
  • Students learn basic application process for jobs
  • Students experience a job interview
  • Students to meet local business for advice and information

Activate Learning assembly

Year 11 KS5 Options Evening

Targeted Activate Learning sessions

CV Sessions delivered within the Wellbeing curriculum

Adviza

  • Follow up appointments offered by Adviza upon request
Adviza

  • Follow up appointments offered by Adviza upon request

College tours and taster days (for vulnerable students

National Careers Week Assembly and activities

National Apprenticeships Week Assembly and activities

Taster Sessions

Post 16 taster classes available in all subject areas.

Year 12
  • Introduction to University Becoming the Whole Package Session (delivered by Surrey University)
  • Introduction to Apprenticeships Becoming the Whole Package Session (delivered by Adviza)
  • Introduction to Oxbridge Becoming the Whole Package Session (delivered by Oxford University)
  • Introduction to Unifrog tool – log-ins provided
  • Use of Becoming the Whole Package portfolio and newsletters to drive careers research and preparation (platforms promoted included Unifrog/ Adviza webchat/ eClips/ Future Learn/ SpringPod/ in-school Community Enrichment Opportunities)

Weekly newsletters sharing careers and university events and WEX opportunities

  • National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week focuses in Becoming the Whole Package sessions and weekly newsletters – includes alumni success stories/ speakers from Hewlett Packard, CGI Apprenticeships, Activate Learning and alumni
  • Continued use of Becoming the Whole Package portfolio and newsletters to drive careers research and preparation (platforms promoted included Unifrog/ Adviza webchat/ eClips/ Future Learn/ SpringPod/ in-school Community Enrichment Opportunities)

National Careers Week Assembly and activities

National Apprenticeships Week Assembly and activities

  • Futures Fair (online event for parents and students to receive an introduction to the UCAS and Apprenticeship application processes as well as to meet with a wide range of employers and universities)
  • Focus Day delivered by Surrey University and Adviza supporting students with researching and applying for opportunities
  • Sharing of our UCAS and Apprenticeship Advice and Guidance Booklets
  • Continued use of Becoming the Whole Package portfolio and newsletters to drive careers research and preparation (platforms promoted included Unifrog/ Adviza webchat/ eClips/ Future Learn/ SpringPod/ in-school Community Enrichment Opportunities)
  • Weekly newsletters sharing careers and university events and WEX opportunities
Year 13
  • Focus day centred on completing and submitting applications for both university and apprenticeship
  • One-to-one tutor support
  • Weekly personal statement/ CV/ Covering letter writing workshops
  • University interview workshops
  • Weekly newsletters sharing careers and university events and WEX opportunities
  • One-to-one tutor support
  • Apprenticeship interview workshops delivered by Thames Water.

Weekly newsletters sharing careers and university events and WEX opportunities

National Careers Week Assembly and activities

National Apprenticeships Week Assembly and activities

 

St. Crispin’s holds the leaving destinations for all Year 11 and 13 students.  Leaving interviews take place with students in Year 11 (if not continuing to the schools Sixth Form) and Year 13 if not known to be continuing to university.  This allows us to evaluate the experience of students in terms of their career education and put intervention in place if and when required.

 

Provider Access Statement

 

For the 2021/22 academic year, the Work Related Learning Coordinator is Miss Kylie Pinsent who can be contacted on 0118 978 1144 or  careers@crispins.co.uk 

Careers programme to be reviewed July 2024.