Careers

The Careers Lead is Mrs Caroline Mitchell - cmitchell@theparkschool.org.uk - Tel: 01271 373131

A good quality careers guidance and education programme will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and the school provides extensive opportunities for external providers to meet with students to provide careers and labour market information.

It is important to equip our students with the necessary skills for them to career plan and know how and where to access impartial and unbiased information. Developing key enterprise and employability skills are important and enables students to further develop their skills and provides opportunities for them to work within their community, therefore, having a direct positive impact. Additionally, as part of their entitlement, students have access to a range of external providers to ensure they learn about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships.  Careers guidance is on-going throughout the academic year and is delivered through PSHEE lessons, evening careers events, external trips and is enhanced by working with local businesses, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities.

Careers guidance will contribute to raising pupil achievement, help students focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all. Park provides a comprehensive programme to students in every year group and of all abilities and this includes aspects of work-related learning, enterprise education and option choices.

We believe that every student is entitled to receive high quality careers guidance to develop their career management skills. With this aim, we are committed to ensuring our students have opportunities to acquire the knowledge and confidence to cope with life after school and become good citizens. The school uses the eight Gatsby Benchmarks as the starting point for planning the entitlement of the careers programme.

The impact of the careers programme can be measured through the low number of NEETS following Year 11, and the diverse paths followed by students after leaving Park School. Most students sign up for the school Alumni where they can keep in touch about their next career steps.

Please refer to the careers policy document for details of the Provider Access Statement. All information, together with the Careers Policy, is reviewed and updated annually. However, information may be revised throughout the year to reflect new regulations and/or to meet the additional needs of students. The date of the next review of the Careers Policy is March 2021.

The Careers Entitlement for all students:

 By the end of Key Stage 3: 

  • Taken part in a careers programme, within PSHEE of 5 – 6 lessons in each of Years 7, 8 and 9.
  • Develop an awareness of your individual skills, strengths and preferred learning styles.
  • Be confident at using online resources such as Career Pilot to research LMI and subjects to jobs.
  • To have heard a talk about the importance of LMI research.
  • Receive careers information and on-going support from your Tutor.
  • Have had the opportunity to meet and ask questions to at least 4 employers.
  • Take part in Year 8 and Year 9 options events where you can access information about different curriculum areas, types of qualifications and the implications of studying specific subjects in Key Stage 4. 
  • Have been given the opportunity to have a meeting to discuss your subject option choices and current career ideas.
  • Have drafted a curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Have completed a day of work shadowing.

By the end of Key Stage 4: 

  • Experience careers education, focused on your development, labour market awareness, educational pathways and employability skills within the PSHE programme.
  • Be offered at least one individual appointment with a qualified, independent, impartial careers advisor.
  • Devise an action plan towards your career goals
  • Have listened to talks on different careers.
  • Have been given the opportunity to speak to representatives from various sectors of the world of work.
  • Have completed a work experience placement for a week.
  • Have produced and reviewed a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Student Statement.
  • Have written a formal letter, e.g. covering letter.
  • Been given impartial advice and guidance on post-16 education, employment and training and apprenticeship options at an Options at 16+ Evening and an Apprenticeship Information Evening.
  • Signed up to receive apprenticeship opportunities alerts.
  • Develop presentation and interview skills through mock interviews.
  • Be confident to access careers information and resources.
  • Taken part in taster days/ sessions for FE colleges.
  • Have visited or spoken to representatives of further or higher education institutions, such as universities.
  • Have opportunities to evaluate individual achievements e.g. Progress Folder Assemblies, House Awards Assemblies.
  • Have attended an information event by the National Citizenship Service (NCS).

Please see below links to our career policies, which you can view and print. 

Careers Policy

Accompanying Documents:

The Gatsby Benchmarks Table Appendix A

Provider Access Statement

Career Pilot

Get the information you need to help your child make the right choices at 14, 16 and 18 through the Careerpilot website, aimed at young people, and the Parent Zone, aimed at parents and carers. Careerpilot is a free website helping 13—19 year olds in the South of England plan their future study and work and has a lot of useful information for young people and parents. The Careerpilot Parent Zone can help you as a parent/carer get answers to the career questions you want to ask, about:

  • • Choices at 14, 16 and 18;
  • • Further Education College;
  • • Apprenticeships and Traineeships;
  • • Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges);
  • • Job sectors and growth;
  • • Funding and support.

Answers are clearly written and link to additional information in the Careerpilot website or on other websites. Access the Parent Zone from the Careerpilot home page or from http://parentzone.careerpilot.org.uk/parent

Careerpilot is a free website helping 13—19 year olds in the South of England plan their future study and work and has a lot of useful information for young people and parents.