One of the areas we are passionate about is Careers Education and enhancing our student's future employability.
The Careers Team believe in building opportunities, driving social mobility and inspiring aspirations that have a lasting impact on our communities. The team work alongside the senior leadership team in order to embed valuable, pertinent Careers Education that is appropriate for our students and fulfils our purpose of transforming communities through education and education through our communities.
Careers Education in Year 12 is focused on recognising and building on students’ skills and preparing them for their Post18 pathways. Students are fully supported in making applications for their Post 18 transition, whether this is university, an apprenticeship or alternative pathway.
The Careers Team are always on hand for advice, with bespoke Careers Guidance meetings available and a wealth of support provided through our character and wellbeing programme. It is of primary importance that students find the pathway which is right for them and that they are being provided with the tools in order to make these choices.
We have also made a commitment to Unifrog, which is a one-stop-shop destinations platform that has now grown to encompass, alongside all UK universities, apprenticeships and Further Education colleges, as well as US and Canadian universities, and degrees taught in English in Europe, Asia and Australasia. Their mission is to level the playing field when it comes to young people finding the best opportunities for them; they put having a positive social impact before anything else.
GUIDANCE FOR BEYOND TOWNLEY
We provide an extensive and comprehensive UCAS guidance programme to support students in their choice of university and course, which draws from the expert knowledge of the Careers and UCAS Team. The process begins in Year 12 with an introductory ‘After A-Levels’ evening and fair for students and their parents.
In June the process begins in earnest when Year 12 will spend a day receiving talks, registering with UCAS, making a start to their applications and will receive personal statement writing support. This continues for the remainder of the year with students being allocated their own personal referee who will support them throughout.
This focused, tailored approach sees the majority of our students succeed in obtaining offers from their ‘first choice’ universities, many of which are the top research universities in the country, otherwise known as the Russell Group.
Courses which require additional tests such as the BMAT/UCAT for Medicine and Oxbridge admissions tests are supported through additional sessions, including courses as part of the enrichment programme, which help prepare students for these all important hurdles. Mock interviews held by teaching staff and staff from a variety of other schools, as well as parent supporters provide students with a realistic view of the process.
The Parents’ Guide to What Next
The Parents’ Guide: www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/whats-next
We provide support for parents about choices teenagers face after GCSE and sixth form, as well as advice on teenage health and wellbeing. We specialise on Years 10-13 as it’s a time when teenagers face many important decisions and parents play a pivotal role in guiding them. Our specialist guides have all the information parents need in one place, written in a style that’s easy to read and include links to reliable sources so they can find out more. We are not sponsored, so our advice is unbiased. We work with 1,500 schools and reach over 600,000 parents in England and Wales. Wherever we refer to parents, we mean parents and carers – this includes anyone with significant caring responsibilities for children, for example, grandparents, older siblings and foster parents.
GREEN CAREERS WEEK
6-11 November 2023 is Green Careers Week, providing students with an insight into careers that specifically protect the environment and will help the UK achieve its pledge of reaching Net Zero by 2050. Young people want to be involved in finding solutions to our environmental challenges, so it's vital that we provide opportunities to show them how they can play an active role within the world of work. Knowing how they can find careers that play a significant part in improving our environmental credentials should contribute towards restoring their confidence in a positive and sustainable future.
We’ve got a fantastic free guide for parents giving plenty of talking points about routes to green careers after GCSE or sixth form - click here to download
National Apprenticeship Week 2024:
5th-11th February 2024
National Careers Week 2024:
4th - 9th March 2024