The school has an appointed Careers Leader (Dr J Rose, Assistant Headteacher) who is the main point of contact in school for matters relating to Careers Education. Please use the main school contact information to contact out Careers Leader.
Our careers programme is reviewed regularly and takes place through the curriculum, PSE lessons, and assemblies and in a range off events throughout the school. The current programme planned for this academic year is as follows:
Key Stage 3
Spring Term: Race for the line – Design & Manufacture
Autumn Term: STEM RS Titan II Innovation Truck Visit, Faraday Challenge
Spring Term: Money Management
Autumn Term: Skills Show (NEC)
Spring Term: Options Guidance – What is needed for the sixth form? How to choose your subjects? Career research(top job profile)
Summer Term: Tomorrow’s Engineers’ Energy Quest
Key Stage 4
Autumn Term: STEM TS Titan II Innovation Truck Visit; ASK Apprenticeships Assembly
Spring Term: Citizenship, Government, Careers choice and options, Careers software packages, Skills audit, Application and interview exercise, Money management, Enterprise skills
Summer Term: Senior Citizen’s party (work place skills development), Enrichment week (careers based session)
Autumn Term: Careers Post 16/Post 18, Careers-CV writing and prep for external careers interviews, Careers Interviews, Post 16 Open Evening, ASK Apprenticeships Assembly
Spring Term: Interviews with Senior Leadership Team or Head of Year to support Post 16 choices
Key Stage 5
Autumn Term: STEM TS Titan II Innovation Truck Visit; Engineering Education Scheme (workplace visit and residential)
Spring Term: UCAS process, University experience (visits from universities), Apprenticeships and gap years, Life after school event, Oxbridge Conference, Personal Statements
Summer Term: UCAS II, Planning community placements, UCAS conference, Work Experience and university visits
Autumn Term: Review of Year 12, Interview Preparation and Practise, Oxbridge Preparation sessions, Mock Medical/Dentistry Interviews/Oxbridge Interviews, Oxbridge preparation sessions
Spring Term: Personal finances, Tax and salaries, Life at university, Cooking on a budget
Whole School Assemblies (2018-2019) to date:
- Mr Edwards – PrezzyBox
- Mr Scott – Entrepreneur
- Ms Hart – Warwick Arts Centre
- Miss Rose – Careers in the Food Industry
- Race for the line – Bytesnap
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Careers Leader or Head of Year.
The programme is reviews annually and adapted as appropriate. The impact is measured by considering the routes taken by our students both at age 16 and 18.
The next review will take place during the Summer Term 2019.
Please use the links below to access our Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy
Writing a CV
Do you need some help on knowing how to look and apply for jobs, including how to write a curriculum vitae (CV), then you may find the following website helpful.
- National Careers Service
- Solihull Sixth Form College
- Cadbury College
- Health Futures UTC
- Amazing Apprenticeships
- Apply Apprenticeships
- Job Course Apprenticeships
- The Complete University Guide
- Which? University
- HEAP Online (School Login Needed)
- Save the Student
- Not Going To Uni
Post 16 Providers
The majority of our students remain with us for the sixth form, however a few students choose alternative subjects or providers which are closer to home. Here are a few websites for you to consider if you are looking elsewhere or wish to investigate an apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships (Post 16 or Post 18)
Apprenticeships have been transformed in recent years to offer a much wider range of opportunities than previously, the most recent guide for parents explaining modern apprenticeships can be found here.
There are a large number of universities all with their own websites and promotional material. All universities will be slightly different in terms of their atmospheres, facilities and the courses on offer.
There is no substitute to visiting on an open day, however you do need to do some research first and may find the following a useful starting point.
Students are allowed 5 days over the two years in Sixth Form to visit universities and colleges. More details are available from the Head of Year 12 and the Head of Year 13. Please remember to request permission 7 days in advance, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website unistats is the official website for comparing higher education course data. The site includes information on university and college courses, Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) ratings, student satisfaction scores form the National Student Survey, employment outcomes and salaries after study as well as other key information for prospective students
If you are not planning on going to university and want some inspiration for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs, then this could be the website for you.
There are many websites available which provide information about careers. Some are directly related to particular industries and others are less specific. However you may wish to use some of the following to explore some of the options which are available to you.
If you would like to find out more about what career areas you would be suited to you can try answering the questions in this test and then researching the options that are shared with you.
- Careers Test
- National Careers Service
- Kent University
- The Complete University Guide
- Total Jobs
- Guest Start Profile
- The Royal Society of Chemistry
- The Law Society
- Step into the NHS
- Health Careers
- Engineering Development Trust
- Small Piece Trust
- Click Here
The following websites include all areas and can often be searched by subject and/or interest area. Some also include information about pay and promotion prospects.
There are also many subject based or profession based websites that have careers sections, e.g.
Many students are interested in medical careers, but it is worth remembering that the Health Service requires a wide range of professional staff as well as the doctors. These websites give you information about some of these other roles.
There are many websites which promote independent activities to support career choices. It is also worth looking out for the many competitions that run in school. Participation in these will develop skills that employers will be looking for.
The following organisations run activities to support STEM careers
Birmingham University has a scheme called Routes to the Professions which provides support for certain students considering courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Accounting & Finance and Engineering
Nationally it is known that there is a significant mismatch between the careers that young people wish to pursue and the opportunities available. Labour Market Information (LMI) can used to help students and parents understand the salaries and promotion opportunities for different jobs, as well as the volume and location of vacancies in different sectors of the job market. You may find it helpful to use the Labour Market Information which can be investigated using the link below.