The Careers Department at the Senior School supports pupils with career information, advice and guidance, to assist pupils with knowledge of their subject interest, strengths and abilities and their preparation for the Next Step after Sixth Form.
The vast majority of pupils go on to university. However, pupils are now considering other options; Degree apprenticeships were introduced by the Government in 2015 and offer pupils an alternative route to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship. Gresham’s Careers assists individual pupils in exploring the options of apprenticeships, and employment, linking with employers and OG Foundation employers who offer apprenticeship opportunities.
Gresham’s Careers works closely with the Gresham’s STEAM coordinator to showcase and illustrate the future job roles, skills and qualifications within Science, Technology, Engineeering, the Arts, Maths with talks, interactive workshops with employers, careers events for all year groups.
Fully qualified careers guidance is available for both pupils and their parents to help with sixth form subject choices and give information, advice and guidance on post-18 choices.
- Careers Education is delivered as part of the PSHE curriculum to help pupils develop knowledge of future employment, the variety of job roles and the subjects, qualifications and skills that are needed. Careers Education and Guidance raises aspirations, increases motivation and raises achievement.
- A comprehensive and varied selection of visiting professionals from the local community and OG Foundation give informed talks on their job role, their education and professional pathway and future opportunities to widen pupil’s knowledge of job roles and employment and to give aspiration, inspiration and knowledge of work experience opportunities, contacts and future employment.
- Career events are organised for all year groups to have an opportunity to meet Higher Education establishments from the UK; Europe and Overseas. Employment events and speakers for all year groups are provided to give information on growth employment sectors and the opportunity for pupils to meet employers, find out what they do and to link their subject and extra-curricular learning to the future workplace. Work Experience is encouraged in Lower Sixth for pupils to find out about job roles, take responsibility and experience the working world.
- Providing an up-to-date Careers Library with resources to carry out individual career research, and access to online subscriptions of careers programmes enabling further support and guidance with effective decision-making e.g. Morrisby online, UniFrog.
Gresham’s pupils receive provision of career-related learning from Year 7 through to Year 13 in order to inform and educate them every step of the way, through their senior years at the school. This provision is grouped under the headings: Careers Education; Individual Guidance; Tutoring and Mentoring; Work-related learning and Careers Information.
Years 7 & 8
Pupils are supported via the academic tutor system in reviewing their future aspirations and their transition to the Senior School. A variety of enterprise activities are held each year for pupils to identify and develop their teamwork and leadership skills. Careers Education is delivered through the PSHE curriculum each term.
Years 9, 10 & 11
Throughout Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils receive Careers Education sessions through the PSHE Carousel curriculum, where they focus on self-awareness, identification of individual skills and the exploration of future pathways, incorporating the UniFrog online careers platform. Pupils partake in Annual Aspiration Reviews, identifying progress, and discussion takes place regarding potential plans for their future. Various enterprise and careers-related activities are provided for these year groups within school e.g. Career Bite Talks, Armed Forces Information Session and Employer Speed Networking Event.
Pupils entering the Sixth Form receive experienced support and guidance on the UCAS process with the Deputy Head (Academic), the UCAS coordinator and their academic tutors. The Careers Coordinator is available for one-to-one advice and career guidance and works closely with the UCAS team organising talks on Post 18 Options; Presentations from Universities; Work Experience; Apprenticeships; Gap Years; and Employment.
Workshops are giving on CV skills and Interview Techniques.
Sixth Form pupils are invited to Career Bites, where visiting professionals share their career experience informally within a small group, they also attend the UCAS (University College Admissions System) Higher Education Fair at the University of East Anglia. Gresham’s Careers Business Breakfasts, are targeted at Lower and Upper Sixth Form pupils in order to provide an opportunity for the pupils to practise and develop their presentation and networking skills with the local business community. In the Summer Term, the Lower Sixth pupils, and their parents, attend the Lower Sixth Futures Conference which is based at the School, where seminars are provided to offer information about a range of future pathways e.g. school leaver schemes, higher level apprenticeships, Gap years and university applications.
All pupils at Gresham’s Senior School are encouraged to visit the Gresham’s Careers Department for information, advice and guidance.