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Careers

At Queens' School we seek to inspire all students to have the highest expectations about their career aspirations. The Gatsby Benchmarks are at the heart of our extensive careers programme:

  • An inspirational and exciting careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal Guidance

 

Careers Leader: Ms de Groot
Careers Co-ordinator: Mrs Manning
Careers Trustee: Dr Dissanayeke
For any careers enquiries please email Careers Co-ordinator Mrs Manning: careers@queens.herts.sch.uk

Key Stage Information

Key Stage 3

Provision

  • Lifelong Learning lessons.
    • Year 7 Transition and organisation liked to a changing job market, Time management, Coping with homework, Journey and home safely, Self-development, Where to find useful information, Introduction to the Careers resources in the LRC, Aspirations and aiming high, Introduction to Start – online career programme.
    • Year 8 Leadership, communication skills and team work, Gender stereotyping, Entrepreneurship, Start programme revisited, update skills.
    • Year 9 Self-discipline, Start programme revisited, planning for my future.
  • 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, UTCs (University Technical Colleges) 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.

Key Stage 4

Provision

  • Year 10 work shadowing/work experience days focused on the world of work.
  • Year 10 Careers drop down day on Job ready, Health and safety.
  • Lifelong Learning lessons.
  • Year 10 STEM careers, Start programme revisited, which job.
  • Year 11 Revision time management, Start programme revisited, next steps.
    • 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.
    • Year 11 1:2:1 options interview with SLT.
  • YC Hertfordshire Personal Advisor 1:2:1 sessions.
    • Practical local learning placements for students interesting in pursuing vocational pathways.

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.

Key Stage 5

Provision

  • Year 12 Lifelong Learning lessons, Assemblies and Form tutor time.
    • Work experience planning, Making the most of work experience, Interview techniques, Presentation skills,
    • 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 13 Lifelong Learning lessons, Assemblies, Form tutor time.
    • UCAS applications based on aspirational, realistic, back up.
    • Workplace laws, Unions, Taxation, Finance, Higher education course research.
  • Year 12, 13 Oxbridge support programme.
  • Year 12,13 YC Hertfordshire Careers Adviser 1:2:1 sessions

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

  • Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills.
  • 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.