We want our students to achieve academically but also enjoy fulfilling personal and working lives when they have left us.
Careers Education is delivered progressively in all year groups as part of our Personal Development Programme as well as being firmly embedded into all departmental schemes of study. We aim to equip all learners with the knowledge and skills to navigate the choices and changes ahead. This is underpinned by a Careers Education & Guidance Policy. This has the full commitment of the school leadership team with Director of Post 16 Education & Personal Development, Mr Robert Biggs, our strategic lead.
All Years – Students will have the opportunity to have a Careers Conversation with our Careers Advisor throughout the year (see below)
Careers & Higher Education Fair
We are mindful to reflect labour market developments in Gloucestershire and beyond in the design of our careers support. We aspire to reflect and support the county's Local Industrial Strategy Our Careers Education Programme is supported by regular engagement activities with employers and education providers including our highly successful annual Careers & Higher Education Fair. Outside organisations should refer to our Provider Access Policy for details concerning access to learners and school events. We seek to embed Labour Market Information into the school curriculum to allow students to make informed decisions about their futures.
All students may access a professionally qualified Careers Adviser (Mrs Helen Michaluk) for one-to-one guidance. She is also available to meet parents/carers and students at school information events. We have created a calendar of careers events for parents, students and staff to help identify opportunities to help with their career choices. It is a live document and in its infancy and will be updated on a regular basis.
Sixth Form careers support has a focus on preparation for higher education and apprenticeships. This includes Career Insight talks, conference visits and bespoke activities designed to support students seeking entry to medicine, law, veterinary science and Oxbridge.
We also actively encourage and support Year 12 students to undertake a one-week work experience placement in order to develop career understanding and employability. This may also include volunteering and other personal development opportunities such the National Citizens Service.
Careers information resources include a dedicated Careers & Higher Education Resource Centre and online access to several carefully selected resources located on the school intranet. This includes our own careers portal Careers Companion (please note this is only available with a current school log in). Refer also to the Useful Links suggested from the Beyond the Sixth Form.
We are currently working towards the national Quality in Careers Standard as an indication of our commitment to excellence in careers support. See the link for more details.
Careers Leader: Mr Chris Germaine
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Telephone Number: 01452 530291
Follow us on Twitter: @CryptCareers