Careers Support at The Sandon School

CAREERS SUPPORT AT THE SANDON SCHOOL

We strongly believe that our students should all have access to high quality careers education, advice and guidance through all years and particularly at key transition times to explore the full range of opportunities available to them.

At Sandon, we provide a wide range of careers support and activities.  Our careers programme includes:

1-1and small group careers guidance –

Students from all year groups can request a guidance interview with Wendy Wood, our independent and impartial Careers Adviser from Directions IAG Ltd.  Wendy can explore ideas and support with researching options.  All students are offered a guidance interview in Year 11 to support with post 16 choices, if needed.

Wendy is in school two days a week (Monday and Wednesday).  Her office is in the Lower School Social Area.  Students can be referred via a member of staff, parent/carer or can self-refer.  Her direct contact details can be found on iSpace or please contact our main Reception or use the contact tab above.

Careers Convention – January annually

Held in school (and following on from our Options Fair earlier in the evening) students from Year 9 and above have the opportunity to meet a range of colleges, universities, training providers and employers to talk through their ideas and options, to develop their career and training plans.

Year 11 Taster Day – November annually

Year 11s undertake either a Sixth Form Taster Day to explore subject choices and life at Sandon Sixth Form.  Alternatively, students can opt for the College Taster Day – ideal for students wishing to learn more about college and other training options after Year 11.

Year 12 Careers Day – June annually

In preparation for decision making next steps in Year 13, students undertake the careers day to help with the planning and research process.  Students attend presentations from universities, training providers/ apprentices (often including ex-students).  They also undertake a carousel of activities throughout the day including support with Personal Statements, surviving/starting University and finance, apprenticeship opportunities and interview skills/job applications.  All students have a mock interview from an external employer and are given feedback.

Other activities:

In addition to the above, our PSHE programme includes a wide range of careers, information, advice and guidance across all year groups.  Whole year groups are involved in a range of activities including careers research and action planning, CV writing, covering letters and interview skills.

We also offer targeted activities such as visiting guest speakers from different vocational areas and employers, Further Education and Higher Education visits and talks.

Information:

Current careers information is vital to help with decision making.  This is provided as listed above and also in the following ways:-

School intranet – iSpace – Careers information is regularly reviewed and held in the careers section of each Key Stage and within the Parent/Carer area.

Email – students will receive regular emails from their Key Stage Director or Careers Adviser such as Further and Higher Education information, Apprenticeships and vacancy information.

Social Media – we also use Twitter to advise on any relevant information, as required.

Atlas Centre – a wide range of resources – including Further and Higher Education Prospectuses, employer and Apprenticeship information is available in the careers area.

For more information, or to book a Careers Interview, please contact Wendy Wood.  Contact details are available on iSpace or she can be contacted via our main Reception or via the contact tab above.