Careers

Careers Leader: Mrs J Goudriaan goudriaanj@denbigh.net
Careers Adviser: Mrs F Agbame agbamef@denbigh.net
Careers Administrator: Mrs C Hamdan hamdanc@denbigh.net

Contact numbers: 01908 330251/ 01908 330614

If students, parents or employers would like to get in touch for support in this area, or to offer to speak to students, please contact us using the details above.
Our career programme follows three strands:

  • Raise awareness and aspirations of job opportunities and career paths
  • Support students to improve skills to be work ready
  • Help students make active preparations for a career

Aims

  • Embedding Careers Education, Information and Guidance within a clear framework.
  • For students’ development to be supported so that they have high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of career options which will inspire them to fulfil their full potential.
  • To provide impartial and objective help and support, ensuring students have the right advice at the right time, which will enable them to make informed decisions about their career pathway.
  • Provide employer engagements and speakers to support all stages of the curriculum
  • Encourage students to become proactive about their future pathway and expose them to the available options and opportunities, which include finding out more about Apprenticeships, Entrepreneurialism and other vocational pathways alongside the more traditional A levels and university route, to ensure all opportunities are maximised.
  • Focus on skills development of students through and beyond the curriculum. With a focus on personal responsibility and resilience.

Delivery

How the career programme is delivered
The career programme is delivered across the school, to all year groups, with different foci according to the age of the student, during tutorial, through faculties, DBT and during events.

We employ an independent Careers advisor who provides individual meetings and guidance, with a focus on years 11 to 13. She is also available during parent consultation evenings to book appointments with.

Professionals from a wide variety of job roles are invited to meet students and provide information about their roles and businesses.

Within the tutorial program we develop students’ knowledge of career paths and skills in communicating with people.

We use Unifrog for students to access job searching tools, as well as skills evaluation tools as well as record their career education journey.

Drop-in sessions are held for sixth former to discuss work experience, internships, volunteering, career options, apprenticeships etc. These can be run by the Careers Advisor or by representatives from local businesses e.g. Santander, Network Rail etc.

Drop-in sessions are also available for year 11 parents to discuss future options for their children both in school, college, apprenticeships or work.

All year 11 students are given an interview with their parents by one of the Leadership Team. Discussions consider progress, future plans, appropriate courses and any concerns that students or parents may have.

Action Plans are written to ensure accurate records are kept and these are accessibly immediately to students via Unifrog.

Curriculum:
Options lessons and information evenings help guide students and parents to subjects that will suit their future needs. We also have a Careers week where each faculty explores careers in linked fields and take part in career events.

The student portal has access to a careers area where:

  • Talk and visit information is advertised
  • External career opportunities are advertised including talks, programmes etc
  • Career tools are available
  • Links to career sites
  • Documents to support students access different careers.


Work Experience
Year 7 students have a day at work with parents.
All year 10 students carry out one week of Work experience in the autumn term.
Year 12 students are offered help and advice in finding work experience.

How the career programme is evaluated:
The careers programme is evaluated during PSHE programme, after careers events and in an annual questionnaire to all year groups. Feedback from students, employees and tutors is gathered after work experience. Individual meetings gather feedback, this is used when planning future speakers and events.

The work is scrutinised by the leadership team and a school governor.

 
 
 

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