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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.

Careers Adviser: Miss Lynch - llynch@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

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.

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 talk with breakout workshops
  • 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
  • Option 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
  • Wadham College Taster Sessions and visit
  • Eton College Aspiration Day
  • Further Education Taster Sessions (Luton Sixth Form College and Barnfield College)
  • Business Education Skills Partnership (BESP) Events
  • 16x16 programme
  • 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)
  • 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

 

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. The next review will take place in November 2020.


Parent and Carers

The opportunities and pathways available to your child today are likely to be very different to what was available to you when you were at school, which can make it difficult with knowing how to support them with their aspirations or where to look for information and advice related to careers. Parental guidance and influence plays a huge role in students decision making and so it is vital that you have information about the CEIAG they are able to access. Please take some time to have a look at our careers programme and our entitlement statement which outlines what students and parents can expect to receive during their time at Stopsley High School. We hope you find the additional resources included here useful:

Parental Guidance

Parent Adviser

Career Alchemy

In 2015, Raising the Participation (RPA) came into place which states that young people leaving school will need to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This can include:

  • Studying full-time at a sixth form, college or with a training provider
  • Gaining an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Working or volunteering full time combined with part-time education or training (for 20 hours or more a week

To find out more about the options available, please click here (college/sixth form tab) or here (apprenticeships tab).

We regularly promote the careers activities we have going on in school which can be found here on our website, in our newsletter and on our twitter page.

If you have any careers related questions concerning your child, please contact Miss Lynch (careers adviser) on 01582 870935 or email llynch@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

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 get in touch with Miss Lynch (careers adviser) on 01582 870935 or email llynch@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk.


Employers and Training Providers

At Stopsley High School, we endeavour to provide our students with a wide range of employer and careers related events, giving them the opportunity to increase their awareness of life beyond secondary school with meaningful employer encounters and real-life experiences of the working world. We would appreciate your involvement in supporting our students to enhance their awareness and employability skills in careers activities such as:

  • 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
  • Offering a mentor programme to enhance students employability skills
  • CV writing support

If you are able to support with any of these activities or have other suggestions on how you could support our careers programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Miss Lynch (careers adviser) on 01582 870935 or email llynch@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk


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