Skip to content ↓

Careers

At Stopsley High School, our vision is simple:

“Every student leaves equipped with the knowledge, skills, character and ambition required to make a success of their future”.

Good careers education is fundamental in supporting young people to make appropriate and informed decisions at key transitional stages and in doing so; it provides them with the foundation to go on to successfully contribute to the future society and economy.

We recognise having a stable careers programme that provides a range of opportunities, is crucial to enhance students skill set and their understanding of the expectations within the working world. We will ensure students are supported in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) available and that their goals and aspirations are reflective of their talents, abilities, needs and interests. In providing high-quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), we aim to challenge and inspire our students to be ambitious and have high aspirations for their futures.

Stopsley High School is also a part of the Luton Careers Hub which has been established by the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) in partnership with Luton Council, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and Central Bedfordshire Council. For more information, go to https://www.careershubluton.co.uk/.

Our CEIAG Policy provides further information including our provider access statement.

Our Entitlement Statement outlines what students and parents can expect to receive during their time at Stopsley High School.

We are currently reviewing our CEIAG Policy which will be published soon.

Our Designated Lead for Careers Provision is:

Mrs Catherine Holt

Email: cholt@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

Telephone: (01582) 870900

 

Details of our careers programmes can be seen below:

Year 7

  • National Apprenticeship Week – form time activity

  • National Careers Week – form time activity

  • PSHE lessons: My strengths and abilities, enterprising skills, challenging stereotypes, rights, responsibility and respect

  • Introduction to the world of work – employer engagement event

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Year 8

  • National Apprenticeship Week – form time activity

  • National Careers Week – form time activity

  • STEM Inspiration week

  • PSHE – discrimination in the workplace, self-esteem and resilience

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Year 9

  • National Apprenticeship Week – form time activity

  • National Careers Week – form time activity

  • STEM Inspiration Week

  • Options Evening

  • PSHE – LMI & social mobility, choosing options, enterprising and skills

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Year 10

  • National Apprenticeship Week – form time activity

  • National Careers Week – form time activity

  • Brilliant Club

  • Further Education Taster Sessions (Luton Sixth Form College and Barnfield College) (restrictions allowing)

  • Business Education Skills Partnership (BESP) Events

  • PSHE – work experience; what is it and why do we do it? Preparing and evaluating work experience, interviews, preparing for Year 11

  • Work experience (virtual opportunities)

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Year 11

  • National Apprenticeship Week – form time activity

  • National Careers Week – form time activity

  • Mock college interview and  preparation session

  • PSHE – CV and personal statement writing, what am I applying for, interview preparation for college and apprenticeships

  • Further Education Information and Open Events (virtual)

  • Apprenticeship workshops

  • Wadham College sessions and residential

  • 1:1 careers interviews

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

 

We wanted to share the parent guide and video links below

The short videos produced are

  1. ·         The Parent Guide: helping you to support your child make career choices

  2. ·         The Parent Guide: supporting SEND students about the future

  3. ·         Student Career Planning;  three step guide

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLopARWRECVkDxRzDXtuJJRLYHeEfcv9Ai

Also see below guides produced last year for students

We know how important it is to support our young people with navigating their choices and options for the future especially during transition years. Critical to this is getting parents to engage in the process so they can support their child about their options , career aspirations and understand the different pathways available.

To maintain quality and ensure compliance with the latest statutory guidance, the careers strategy will be reviewed every two years and the impact of the careers programme will be measured and evaluated regularly. This will be done through destination data and analysis and various evaluation methods such as feedback, surveys and case studies and will be in collaboration with our stakeholders. 

 

Labour Market Information

Use the link to access the most recent SEMLEP LMI Information 

Up to date Labour Market Information for Luton is also available using the webpage below:  https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157201/report.aspx?town=luton

 


Are you able to help with the development and delivery of our careers provision?

We are always trying new ways to improve and expand our careers offer so if you are able to contribute some of your time and expertise to support this, please get in contact. Whatever your contribution, we would be most appreciative. Here are some examples of how parents could get involved:

  • Take part in our Business, Education, Skills and Partnership (BESP) event where our students ask you questions about your job role and organisation you work for and your careers journey

  • Offer a work experience placement through your organisation for one or a group of our year 10 students

  • Provide a careers insight talk to our key stage 3 students about your career path or sector in which you work in

  • If you work in a growing industry, share with our key stage 4 students of the upcoming opportunities that they may be able to access

  • Deliver/support a subject lesson specific to the industry in which you work in; bringing real-life context to a particular subject area or topic

If you have any other suggestions to the list above on how you could support our careers programme, please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Lead for Careers Provision:

Mrs Catherine Holt

Email: cholt@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

Telephone: (01582) 870900


 

Quick Links to:

College and Sixth Form Open Days

Opportunities

Useful Resources