CAREERS AT CRYPT
As well as the extensive and varied careers guidance within the Citizenship timetabled lessons, the Crypt offers a wide range of Independent Information, Advice and Guidance to all students.
Students in all years benefit from the Career Companion and Resource Companion – an online source for researching and managing career options, training, learning and job hunting information on the internet. This is for all yr 7-13 learners and skill seekers. Again, parents can access this by contacting the school via Mrs Reynolds, for log in details.
UNIFROG is a very useful tool for sixth formers who intend to move onto under graduate study. It allows them to choose from a range of aspirational through to ‘safe’ courses, and students can compare the institutions on a variety of aspects including graduate employment stats and student satisfaction.
Year 9 & 11 have dedicated class group transitional sessions with our independent careers advisor, who guides them and helps prepare them for GCSE option choices and post 16 A Levels. They also consider routes other than sixth form such as apprenticeships and local college providers.
A Careers Fair early in the New Year is an annual event and is aimed primarily at KS 4 & 5 students, however all year groups have access at some point in the day to the career stands. There are a diverse range of local and national employers, further and higher education providers and gap year providers. GE Aviation, Messier Dowty, Renishaw, Delphi, Oxbridge, Imperial, Loughborough universities and World Challenge are among some of the representatives that attend.
Year 11 & 13 benefit from a series of interview technique and CV writing sessions, culminating in a ‘mock’ interview with the Business Partnership who come into school. Every student in these year groups are offered a ‘one to one’ interview based on prepared personal statements from Citizenship classes – students, without exception – find these beneficial and a real confidence boost when they receive positive feedback from independent advisors which they invariably do.
The Crypt has a dedicated careers professional who has thirty minute ‘one to one’ sessions with students. Students can refer themselves for this provision or through form tutors or HOYs. Sam Brown, our provider, is extremely supportive of our students and prepares an action plan after every meeting. Students can then be pro-active in seeking out practical aspects which have been highlighted as relevant by Sam. The feedback from students evaluating this provision is always exceptionally positive.
All of our aspirant university applicants who apply for interview dependent courses eg medicine, midwifery, and law are offered up to three panel interviews. Members of the teaching staff, parents with areas of expertise and school governors and local business employers make up the panels. Students are given valuable feedback which then enables them to hone their technique in preparation for the ‘real thing’!
Oxbridge and Russell Group candidates benefit from a structured identification process which begins in year 10 and then supports students throughout the remainder of KS4 &5. Mr Dyer and Ms O’Neill lead this programme and students visit Oxford colleges in years 11 and 12.
Department links with local universities and employers are strong. The Geographers benefit from talks by a landscape architect who lectures at the University of Gloucester. The Scientists are informed by input from the local STEM co-ordinator. Physics has forged specific links with a range of engineering firms and many of our students have benefitted from apprenticeship placements at GE, Renishaw and Dowty.
Students in KS4 &5 are invited to attend local and national skills fairs. Recent visits have included the Skills Fair at the NEC in Birmingham and the more local Gloucester skills fair at the Racecourse.
Career Insight talks are arranged during the lunch break for KS 4 &5 , or during period 5 enrichment time for KS5 students. We have had members of the Armed Forces, the University of Law, and STEM Higher Apprenticeship talks. Parents and Governors who have areas of career expertise are encouraged to offer their services for career mentoring or insight talks.