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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”.

Our students have access to high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) through our extensive careers programme that aims to support them in exploring the opportunities available post 16, developing their skillset and their understanding of the expectations in the working world. This is done through real-life experiences of the working world such as work experience and industry days, meaningful encounters with employers and training providers and careers embedded in the curriculum.

Details of our careers programmes can be seen below:

All years

  • Open door policy (during break and lunchtimes and before and after school) to drop into careers office for advice and guidance
  • Staff can make a request for individuals students to have one to one aspirations interview
  • One-to-one guidance for students with EHCP provided by a personal adviser from Luton Borough Council
  • Access to online resources via the website
  • Careers information and events in the local area via careers board

Year 7

  • World of work; engagement with employers event
  • Trip to the University of Bedfordshire for subject specific conference days
  • STEM roadshow delivered by BAE in partnership with RAF and Royal Navy
  • National Careers Week Activities
  • National Apprenticeship Week Activities
  • PSHE lessons covering topics including; transition to secondary school, my strengths and abilities, enterprise skills, challenging stereotypes, rights and responsibilities in the workplace
  • Curriculum learning related to careers

Year 8

  • World of work event - engagement with employers event
  • STEM roadshow delivered by BAE in partnership with RAF and Royal Navy
  • National Careers Week Activities
  • National Apprenticeship Week Activities
  • PSHE - Discrimination in the workplace, self-esteem and resilience
  • Curriculum learning related to careers

Year 9

  • Connect workshop in conjunction with Develop and London Luton Airport
  • Celebrating Women in Engineering Day at Vauxhall
  • WorldSkills Show UK at the NEC, Birmingham
  • Vans R Us Mentoring Programme
  • National Careers Week Activities
  • National Apprenticeship Week Activities
  • STEM conference
  • Options evening
  • One to one interviews (where required) regarding options
  • PSHE lessons covering topics including: Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI) and social mobility, choosing my options, enterprisal skills
  • Curriculum learning related to careers

Year 10

  • 16 x 16 project
  • Most able Luton Wadham Project including a series of tutorials and visit to Oxford University
  • Work experience - 2 weeks
  • Business Education Skills Partnership Events x 3
  • Active Luton Inspire Afternoon (PE)
  • Mock Assessment Centre
  • Luton Sixth Form Taster Day
  • Barnfield College Taster Day
  • LETS Apprenticeship Fair
  • Visit to the University of Bedfordshire
  • More able visit to Eton College
  • Start of one to one careers guidance interviews with careers adviser
  • National Careers Week Activities
  • National Apprenticeship Week Activities
  • PSHE lessons covering topics including: work experience preparation and evaluation, interview techniques, preparing for year 11
  • Curriculum learning related to careers

Year 11

  • 16x16 project
  • One to one careers guidance interview with careers adviser
  • One-to-one guidance for students with EHCP provided by a personal adviser from Luton Borough Council
  • Post 16 providers information evening with further education and training providers attending
  • Post 16 applications
  • Interview preparation session
  • Apprenticeship Evening with talk from ASK apprenticeships and marketplace with further education and training providers
  • Apprenticeship vacancies via careers on school website
  • Open Days/Evenings to post 16 providers
  • Careers Fair
  • National Citizen Service (NCS) sign-up and engagement lunch
  • Apprenticeship workshops
  • National Careers Week Activities
  • National Apprenticeship Week Activities
  • PSHE lessons covering topics including: Revision techniques, what am I applying for, CV and personal statement writing
  • Curriculum learning related to careers

 

Students can also access the drop-in service for careers information and guidance during break, lunchtime and after school by going to the careers office in B115.

To maintain quality and ensure compliance with the latest statutory advice, the careers programme will be reviewed every two years and impact will be measured and evaluated. This will be done through destination data and analysis, student evaluations and reviewing the careers programme. 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


Quick Links to:

Career Activities Plan

College and Sixth Form Open Days

Opportunities

Useful Resources

Work Experience