Aspirations

‘Do more, be more, aim high’ 

We are very proud of our Business Partnership links with employers. These employers are invited to support students in their learning through work placements, talks, interview preparation, careers fairs and work related learning events.

As we believe in the importance of Whole Education, we have invested in a careers management tool, Grofar. This platform gives us a cloud-based system for recording aspirations events, contacting business volunteers/alumni and tracking the development of students’ skills.

 

Year 7

Networking for Success – this event takes place in the summer term, and it allows Year 7 students to conduct interviews, in groups, with business volunteers in order to increase their knowledge of different jobs and the skills involves, as well as developing their communication and teamwork skills.

Also during Year 7, students create a profile in Grofar, which give them an electronic portfolio where they can record activities and monitor their skills development.

Year 8

Gender Stereotypes – Students learn about gender stereotypes within the place of work, exploring why they exist, how we can challenge them and why it is important that we promote equality, particularly in working to close the gender pay gap.

Year 9

KS4 Course Choices – Students are given help during tutorial time and Wider Curriculum lessons in order to prepare them for the decisions they need to make during Year 9.  They learn more about how to make decisions wisely, understand more about the range and structure of their choices. This is supported in this by 1:1 careers appointments where necessary. Parents are invited into school to discuss course choices in January.

Year 10

Work Experience week – Experiencing the world of work and employers’ expectations is vital in moving towards employability.  During Year 10 all students take part in a week’s work placement. They can arrange the placements themselves or work with the Work Experience Coordinator to find a suitable placement. They keep a record of activities during this week and how they have developed their employability skills.  They complete preparation for this week with a series of Wider Curriculum lessons. Also, during these lessons, they create a CV to record their skills and experience.  They follow up on what they have learned during tutorial time, and record their skills on Grofar.

Year 11

Applications for work and mock interviews – As well as developing skills during their education at WHS, we recognise that applying for work and interviewing are skills in their own right. In order to develop these skills, all Year 11 students send their CVs to business volunteers, who then come into school to provide a mock interview for each student.

 

Sixth Form

 

 

During Wider Curriculum lessons, sixth form students learn about managing personal finance and living away from home survival skills.

Contact: Mr P Jones

There is more information in the Careers Guidance and Education section of the site