Careers Advice at Priory Community School - An Academy

The Careers Team

James Wilmot - Director of Careers

James is a Psychology Graduate with many years’ experience of private sector recruitment and public sector careers advice. James joined PCSA in 2015.

Jodie Silmon - Careers Advisor

Jodie is a Psychology and Education Graduate. She joined PCSA in 2018 following several years working in Weston College’s careers team supporting students with the transition from school to further education.


The Careers Office

  • The Careers Office is placed centrally in the school next to splash world. It is open from 8.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday and until 7.00pm on Parents’ Evenings.

  • You can speak to a member of the team by calling 01934 511411 or by e-mailing james.wilmot@pcsa.org.uk or jodie.silmon@pcsa.org.uk

  • We might not be able to talk if we are already with a student, but we will return your call within 24 hours

  • You can follow us on Twitter for regular updates and ‘like’ the school’s Facebook page

  • We run a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year. You can see our careers calendar HERE. The calendar is updated monthly.

  • A monthly careers and events bulletin is circulated by tutors, emailed to parents/carers, and updated on the school’s Facebook page and screens and noticeboards. You can also view it HERE.


Why do we provide careers advice?

Impartial careers advice is vital in schools to help students develop the skills and ability to make the most appropriate education choices for their options within school, progression beyond school and in working life. A full guide to our careers offer can be found HERE.

Who do we work with?

We work with all students in all year groups. We also allow additional time to work with students with special educational or additional needs.

How do we deliver it?

Our careers offer is delivered in a variety of ways including specific events, activities, one to one conversations and embedded in the curriculum.

How do we know if it works?

We work to strict quality standards set by the Government and complete a self-assessment activity twice a year. We also listen to student, family and staff feedback and respond accordingly.

When do we update our offer?

Our offer is always in development and new events and activities are being rolled out throughout the year.


Careers Related Events and Activities

Our events and activities are designed to help students in all year groups. We work extremely hard to provide our students with a wide range of activities to take part in. In addition to the events, activities and one to ones that the Careers Team run for students, we ensure that careers is also embedded into the curriculum, classroom and tutor time.

  • Tutor time for all year groups - thought of the day, jobs of the week, career event shout-outs and more

  • PSHE for all year groups - citizenship is a key part of a healthy, happy and successful working life

  • Subject classes for all year groups - career pathways are promoted in each subject during class to highlight the relevance of content

  • Display boards highlighting career pathways in each subject

  • Year 10 specifics - collapsed curriculum days include college taster days, money management tutorials, CV workshops, interview skills and mock interviews

  • Year 11 specifics - collapsed curriculum days include college taster days and young professional days

  • For Year 11 students, extended work experience is an option as an alternative to an additional GCSE


Our Pledge to Students

When you complete Year 10, you will have:

  • Attended at least two college or sixth form open evenings

  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university

  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students

  • Completed a week of work experience

  • Finished your CV and attended mock interview day with local employers

  • Attended a college taster day

  • Filled your record of achievement with your certificates

  • Visited a careers convention

  • Potentially taken part in a college enrichment project

When you complete Year 11, you will have:

  • Attended at least two college or sixth form open evenings

  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university

  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students

  • Attended two college taster days

  • Been given the opportunity to visit at least two sixth forms if you are interested in A Levels

  • Visited the Careers Office for a progression meeting and handed in applications for your next step beyond school

  • Attended application interviews at colleges and/or sixth forms with places offered

  • A general plan of your career pathway

  • Been given the opportunity to visit careers convention

  • Been given the opportunity to visit a university

When you complete Year 7, you will have:

  • Met your Careers Advisor and visited the Careers Office

  • Created your first CV and attended your mock interview challenge with the Careers Team

  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university

  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students

  • Visited a college for an open evening

  • Been given the opportunity to visit a careers convention


When you complete Year 8, you will have:

  • Met your Careers Advisor and visited the Careers Office

  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university

  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students

  • Visited a college for an open evening

  • Attended a local university for the day

  • Been given the opportunity to visit a careers convention


When you complete Year 9, you will have:

  • Met your Careers Advisor and visited the Careers Office

  • Attended an assembly to learn about college, apprenticeships and university

  • Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students

  • Updated a CV and attended your mock interview challenge with the Careers Team

  • Visited a college for an open evening

  • Been given the opportunity to visit an employer

  • Been given the opportunity to visit a careers convention

  • Been given the opportunity to take part in a college enrichment project


Gatsby

The careers offer at PCSA follows strict Government guidelines to ensure the quality of its delivery. The GATSBY benchmarks are:

We assess our careers offer on a bi-annual basis by taking the COMPASS self-assessment tool. They help us to reflect on our careers offer and implement improvements. You can see our most recent COMPASS assessment HERE.


Online Resources

As well as the face to face service and events and activities that we provide our students, there are some great online resources that you might like to explore.

Career Pilot

Career Pilot is a careers information website, which includes:

  • Your choices at 14, 16 and 18

  • More about different job sectors and what they are looking for

  • About working and studying - including apprenticeship and university level study

Get the information you need to help you plan your future work and study at https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

Psychometric Assessments

These are increasingly being used in working life. Many can give you some interesting career ideas that you haven’t explored before. Follow the links below to have a go!

Apprenticeships Advice

Click HERE to visit the Apprenticeships website.

The National Careers Service are dedicated to helping you get the advice you need for future skills, careers, work and life choices. They can help you develop your career with specially designed tools to help you move on in your career, or get you on the job ladder.

To learn more about careers relating to each specific subject that we teach, please look here: https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects


FAQs

  1. My child is in Year 7, why should they start to visit colleges and attend mock interviews?

    We encourage students to begin to think about life beyond school in all year groups. Any event or activity that we run will be of benefit.

  2. Can you help my child when choosing options?

    Yes. We are always available to talk through options and how they can effect your future career.

  3. I have seen an event that I would like my child to attend. What should I do next?

    Please read the monthly careers bulletin and refer to the event’s ‘what do I do next?’ tab for further guidance.

  4. I am an employer who would be happy to come to school and meet some students, what should I do?

    Please contact the Careers Team and we will be happy to make arrangements.

  5. I am a college or training provider and would like to invite students to attend one of our events. What should I do?

    Please contact the Careers Team with the event details with plenty of notice to allow us to promote it in our bulletin.

  6. My child lacks the confidence to take part in busy events. Do you run quieter events?

    Yes. Some public events can be very busy and if you let us know, we can arrange for you child to attend during a quieter period. There are plenty of further events run throughout the year.

  7. My child has special educational needs. Do you offer extra support?

    Yes. We are mindful of every student’s individual needs and will support in any way we can. We are also more than happy to meet with parents and talk through a plan of action.

  8. My child really has no idea what they want to do when they are older. What should I do?

    Don’t worry! Careers isn’t just about jobs, jobs, jobs. Please give the Careers Team a call and we can make an appointment to talk through some ideas.

  9. Where can I learn more about the options available for my child beyond school?

    A brief guide is available HERE, but we really encourage attending events and activities to really explore options.

  10. I can’t find a Year 10 work experience placement for my child. What shall I do?

    A helpful guide can be found further down this page.

Please do contact the Careers Team if you have any further questions.


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Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 work experience is a key activity for our student’s time at school. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to spend a full week away from school and experience the world of work. A Year 10 work experience pack, a parent/carer and employer permission form, and a parent/carer introduction letter can all be accessed by clicking the links below.

Year 10 Work Experience Pack 2020

Parent/Carer and Employer Permission Form - 2020

Parent/Carer Introduction to Year 10 Work Experience Letter - 2020


What do our students go on to?

Our students progress to A Levels, diplomas and apprenticeships.

2017s Year 11 went on to:

  • 88% went on to study A Levels or vocational qualifications at a college

  • 4% went on to study A Levels at a Sixth Form

  • 3% joined the armed forces or specific sporting academies

  • 5% began an apprenticeship/work based learning

74% of our students who left us in 2016 and completed a Level 3 qualification progressed to university.

2018s Year 11 went on to:

  • 86% went on to study A Levels or vocational qualifications at a college

  • 7% went on to study A Levels at a Sixth Form

  • 3% began an apprenticeship/work based learning

  • 4% other training and employment

You can read our brief guide of options beyond school HERE

Click HERE to find out more on student destinations at PCSA from the GOV UK website (this data, published in October 2018, is for students who completed KS4 in 2016, which is the most recent data available)

We value our relationship with previous students and they are always welcome to return to school to meet our current students to offer the benefit of their experience. Our alumni network is very popular among our students.


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Partnership Working

Are you a training provider, college, university or employer who would like to engage with the school?

We are always very happy to invite stakeholders to school to talk to our students. This can be done in tutor time, subject classes, assemblies or at specific careers events. Please read the access policy document below for more information.

PCSA Access Policy


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