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Careers

At Queens’ we seek to inspire all students to have the highest expectations about the careers they might enter and to prepare them for such careers.  Our ultimate goal is to provide students with the qualifications, skills and confidence to achieve life-long well-being in their work.

Our vision:

“Prepare pupils for a changing world building lifelong skills learnt through dynamic and effective Careers Education”

Queens’ School complies with the terms of the Education Act 2011 and endeavours to follow best practice guidance in publications such as the DfE’s “Careers guidance and inspiration in schools” (April 2017). In the last year we have audited our provision using The Good Career guidance benchmarks in conjunction with YC Hertfordshire using their Investors in Careers standards and the Gatsby benchmarks. We have also had an audit conducted by the Careers & Enterprise Company and our Business Link is HR professional Hena Jawid.

Our policies can be found here.

Careers Leader: Mr Moore

For any enquires, information, feedback about careers or to book a careers interview please email Mrs Davies
daviesch@queens.herts.sch.uk

Opportunities for Access

A number of events scheduled in the school calendar will provide an opportunity for providers to speak to students and/or their parents/carers.

Management of Provider Access Requests

A provider wishing to request access to Queens’ School should send an email to:
careers@queens.herts.sch.uk

All students in years 7-13 are entitled to receive a programme of Careers Education Information and Guidance which is:

  • Centered around each student and their individual needs.
  • Independent, Impartial and easily accessible.
    • The Learning Resource Centre.
    • The Careers section on the school website.
    • Twitter.
    • 6th Form Bulletin board.
  • Is based on the principle of equality of opportunity.
  • Is provided by adults with appropriate up to date education and training.
  • Is structured and forms an integral part of the students’ overall education.
  • Recognises the contribution of students to their own careers development.

Provision

  • PSE lessons.
    • Introduction to the Careers resources in the LRC.
    • Year 7 Time management, Coping with homework, Journey and home safely, Self-development, Where to find useful information, plan for the future.
    • Year 8 How to choose a career, Gender stereotyping.
    • Year 9 Public/ Private sector, Obsolete careers in the future, Employment rights, Trade Unions & Tribunals, Discrimination in the workplace.
  • Assemblies and Form tutor time To raise awareness of academic and vocational pathways.
  • Year 9 GCSE Options Information.
    • Year 9 1:2:1 options interview with SLT.
  • Year 7 University aspirational day.

By the end of Key Stage 3 all students will have:

  • A better understanding of the full range of 14-19 opportunities for progression
  • A better understanding of their strengths and areas for development and support to evaluate how these might inform future choices in learning and work.
  • Been given direct access to employers and universities.
  • An understanding of some of the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employability.
  • Understand where to find useful and reliable online careers resources to research information about opportunities and apply their findings to help make informed choices for Key Stage 4 Options.
  • Received appropriate advice and guidance on Key Stage 4 options.

Provision

  • Year 10 work shadowing days focused on the world of work.
  • Year 10 Careers drop down day on Lifeskills CV builder and personal finance.
  • PSE lessons.
  • Year 10 CV covering letter writing, CV writing, revision skills, Kudos.
  • Year 11 The changing job market, Employability skills, interviews.
    • Assemblies and Form tutor time To raise awareness of careers, information on college open dates.
    • Year 11 6th form Options Information Evening supported by YC Hertfordshire.
    • Practical learning placements at local colleges for students interesting in pursuing vocational pathways.
    • Year 11 1:2:1 options interview with SLT.
  • YC Hertfordshire Personal Advisor 1:2:1 sessions.

By the end of Key Stage 4 all students will have:

  • Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills.
  • Used online resources and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes.
  • Experienced the world of work through a work placement.
  • Been given direct access to employers, colleges and training providers.
  • Been given guidance to help identify a range of post-16 options and careers advice and support networks that they can use to plan and negotiate their career pathways.
  • Been provided with the resources to complete the post-16 application procedures, including CVs, personal statements and preparation for interview.

Provision

  • Year 12 PSE lessons, Assemblies and Form tutor time.
  • Study skills, finance, globalisation of work and education “market place”.
  • UCAS application process.
  • UCAS personal statements.
  • Information talks and presentations on alternatives to University including apprenticeships of all levels.
  • Year 12 work experience weeks focused on students’ future career aspirations.
  • Year 12 UCAS Olympia visit.
  • Year 12 Business Academy 4-6 week internships.
  • Year 12,13 Oxbridge support programme.
  • Year 12,13 YC Hertfordshire Drop-in sessions.
  • Year 13 Form time.

By the end of Key Stage 5 all students will have:

  • Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills.
  • Used ICT software (Kudos) and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes.
  • Received guidance through the UCAS application procedure.
  • Been given direct access to employers and universities.
  • Been given guidance to help identify a range of Post-18 options.
  • Been provided with the resources to develop their CVs, personal statements and interview preparation.

Guiding your child through key decisions making points can be challenging. The government have produced a really good guide that will help you. Although aimed at female students, it contains information about qualifications and career paths which will be helpful to all. It is particularly targetted at students approaching Year 9, Year 11 and Sixth Form.