Southborough High School's Careers Programme

Southborough High School is committed to providing a high quality careers programme, and excellent advice to our students. Through a range of exciting activities and different speakers, we aim to open up our students’ minds to a wide variety of career paths, to challenge their thinking and preconceived ideas on careers, to encourage their aspirations, and to give them tailored and relevant advice.

Our careers lead within the Senior Leadership team is Mr D Sanders.Mr D Sanders Sanders1
David is the first point of contact for any questions or proposals about our careers programme. Parents, employers or education/training providers can contact him on 0208 391  4324 or Pupils and teachers can also get in touch by email or find him in the sixth form office  at school.

We have begun to use the eight Gatsby Benchmarks to improve our careers provision and are working towards meeting them by the end of 2020.
In addition to the Gatsby Benchmarks, it’s also important for students to develop skills and qualities that are relevant to higher education and/or employment. For students to push themselves beyond their comfort zone and realise what they can do. At Southborough High School we provide numerous opportunities, in and out of lessons, for students to get involved in new experiences and take the lead.

Our current careers programme, relating to the eight benchmarks

1.   A stable careers programme

We are developing a stable careers programme, informed by a range of career theory, to achieve the standards set out by the Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020, incorporating the points below alongside new activities and processes. The guiding principles for the careers programme are that it is student-centred, broad, informed and up-to-date, contemporary, progressive, impartial and of high quality.

Our aim is for students to leave Southborough High School fully equipped to choose and transition to an appropriate destination. With career ideas in mind and initial tools to manage their career.

Our evaluation takes the form of destinations data and student feedback (both in person and through surveys), alongside our own record keeping.


The Royal Society experience

2.   Learning from careers and labour market information

We have a Southborough High Careers library, which distils good quality information for students about future study or training options and signposts to other reliable careers websites.Careers and labour market information is used and presented to parents during events like open forums and progression evenings.Careers resources are kept up to date, in the Learning Resource Centre.Labour market information is accessed during careers lessons and individual careers discussions, to help students make sense of the information they find.Encounters with employers and employees and experiences of workplaces provide opportunities for students to hear more personal accounts of work, as well as industry facts.Students access careers and labour market information on websites like the National Careers Service, Start Profile and icould as part of our Year 10 careers activities.

3.   Addressing the needs of each pupil

We understand that every student is unique in their familial and cultural context and will have different role models, values, aspirations, interests, skills and contacts. Our careers programme aims to help students progress from their starting point, informing them about their options, challenging limiting beliefs and stereotypes and providing a range of opportunities to help each student identify and work towards their future goals. One example of this is a Year 11 lesson on career happiness, which helps students to identify the things they value and how values can be fulfilled in work.Mr Sanders works in partnership with tutors, Heads of Year, the Senior Leadership Team and SENCo throughout the year to identify students in particular need of guidance.We ask parents and students for additional information about students in Year 10-12, to ensure that we can effectively promote university and employer schemes (e.g. widening participation activities, ring-fenced work experience placements for highest achievers) to students who meet the relevant criteria.

4.   Linking curriculum learning to careers

Departments arrange their own subject-related activities, as well as advertising external and internal opportunities to hear from employers and subject ambassadors. Year 12 have a lecture programme specifically for this purpose. Trips and research projects are organised to show students how their curriculum is used in ‘real-life’ settings.  We are working towards bringing more careers content into subject lessons, in addition to stand-alone careers lessons.


Young Chefs in action

5.   Encounters with employers and employees

Year 12 trip to National Apprenticeships Show, or equivalent. A speaker programme and interactive sessions with employers forms part of the Y10 careers programme. Includes STEM employers..Lunchtime talks e.g. through clubs and societies.We take part in and run careers events with local partner, Kingston University.Every Sixth Form student has a mock interview and individual feedback with a volunteer from a range of employers.Year 10 learn about apprenticeships through an assembly from SLT and talks from previous students, now in work, who followed this route.Students take part in employer-led competitions and projects.


Careers Fairs with employers and educators

6.   Experiences of workplaces

School-organised visits to workplaces.We promote employer insight opportunities and work experience through our careers bulletins, enabling students to access areas in which they’re interested.We offer volunteering opportunities in primary schools for Year 12 students.Mr Sanders and tutors offer guidance and practical help with applications for work experience, volunteering and part-time work.We simulate real work activities, led by employers/employees, during our Year 10 careers event.


Practical professional broadcast media

7.   Encounters with further and higher education

Trip to University of Oxford and/or University of Cambridge, for a group in Year 10 and Year 11.We take the whole of Year 10 on a trip to a local university (recently Kingston University).FE providers run interactive sessions as part of the Year 10 careers programme.21st Century Life lesson for Year 11, delivered by a university – subject choices and links to university courses.Year 12 trip to UCAS HE Exhibition, or equivalent.Year 12 trip to Oxbridge Student Conference, in March.Universities come in to talk to Year 12.We promote taster days, open days, residential summer schools and essay competitions through our careers bulletin.


Taking a punt on Cambridge University

8.   Personal guidance

Any pupil can organise (by email or in person) a one-to-one careers appointment with Mr Sanders, as and when this support becomes relevant and timely to them.Parents are welcome to attend. Parents can also email or call any time and students can drop in to ask questions.Careers appointments are particularly encouraged leading up to times of transition, e.g. when making plans and choices for after Year 11 or after Year 13. We are working towards ensuring that every student has at least one careers discussion by the end of Year 11 and another by the end of Year 13.All Year 11 students have one-to-one meetings with a senior member of staff regarding their future.Tutors see tutees one-to-one and in small groups on a regular basis and refer students to Mr Sanders as appropriate.We are also working towards a closer partnership and easier communication with parents to equip them with more information and tools with which they can support their child. Mr Sanders currently sees parents at the annual open forums for Y10-12.

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