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Holmer Green Senior School

Careers Guidance

Holmer Green Senior School provides impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students. This offer has been designed to enable all students to plan for their future and access the correct pathways for them at Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 and beyond. 

We recognises that it has a statutory duty to secure independent and impartial careers education in Years 8 - 13; careers guidance includes all information on options available in respect of 16-18 education and training including apprenticeships. (Education Act 2011, DfE’s Careers Strategy 2017 and Statuary Guidance for careers 2018). We endeavours to follow best practice outlined by expert bodies such as Gatsby, DfE, Ofsted and Adviza.

Throughout KS3, KS4 and KS5 careers education is accessed by all at Holmer Green Senior School. Through meetings with careers advisors, visiting speakers, work experience and PSHCE lessons students are helped to explore the possible avenues they may take in the future in order for them to have the best start in life.

Each year every student (Years 7-13) in the school will be introduced to the careers advisor during an assembly, they will be told about the careers drop in service in the library and that they all have access to the careers section in the library and E-clips. During years 8- and 13 students will also have assemblies from outside speakers on careers options, career guidance, employability skills and different routes they can take after they have finished at HGSS.

In addition to this the students in the each year will access the following:

Year 7

  • Enterprise and STEM events
  • School trips
  • PSHCE ‘What will I do when I leave HGSS?’

Year 8

  • Enterprise and STEM events
  • School trips
  • Options assemblies and evening
  • Access to an impartial careers advisor during year eight options evening
  • PSHCE ‘Options and career choices’
  • Students with EHCPs are given a careers interview from Bucks CC

Year 9

  • Enterprise and STEM events
  • School trips
  • PSHCE ‘Career choices’

Year 10

  • Enterprise and STEM events
  • Interviews with an impartial careers advisor (vulnerable students)
  • Students with EHCPs are given a careers interview from Bucks CC
  • PSHCE ‘What to do after year 11?’ including CV writing skills.
  • Invitations and assembly on the Bucks Skills Show

Year 11

  • All students given at least one interview with an impartial careers advisor
  • PSHCE ‘What to do after year 11?’ including CV, application letter and personal statement writing
  • Sixth form options evening in November where the careers advisor is also present
  • Access to information about other options post 16
  • Have the opportunity to visit other open days and taster days
  • Individual apprenticeship help and guidance meetings for all students interested

Years 12 and 13

  • Attend numerous in house sessions on UCAS, careers, applications, CVs and personal statements
  • Elevate
  • Enterprise day in October focussing on futures
  • Help with UCAS applications
  • Help with applications for jobs, apprenticeships etc.
  • Meaningful work experience done during year 12 – linked to their future career plans

Evaluation of the careers plan via destinations data

The effectiveness of this plan is evaluated by the KS4 and KS5 destinations data released by the DfE each year and against the Gatsby benchmarks. The data over the last three years show consistently 98% of our students stay in full time education or training post-16, this is higher than the national average (94%). In 2017/18 54% of our students went on to university, this is above national average (51%). All other students either secured, or are still looking for, an apprenticeship.

Please see the careers evaluation and review document for more information.

The Partnership Agreement with Adviza is reviewed termly. The next whole school review and evaluation will take place in September 2019.

Access for Education and Training Providers

Holmer Green Senior School recognises the important role that external speakers provide and will endeavor to provide access where possible. This access is granted to the school at the discretion of the Headteacher. Before access is granted, external speakers must provide Miss K Joynson, Assistant Headteacher, with information on what they would deliver and the impact it would have on the students.





Holmer Green Senior School
Parish Piece
Holmer Green
High Wycombe
HP15 6SP

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