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Holmer Green Senior School

Careers Guidance

At Holmer Green Senior School we are committed to ensuring all students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help students consider their future options.   To help us do this we link our careers guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statuary Guidance for careers (January 2018). These all 8 benchmarks out lined below: 
1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education 8. Personal guidance 

At present we meet each of these benchmarks through the following provisions: 
Impartial Careers Advice (Benchmark one, two, three and eight) All Year 11 students have at least one meeting with an impartial careers advisor over the course of Year 10 and 11. These meetings are designed to help students identify the best route for them post-16. Students will be given information on colleges and other Sixth Forms. Students are helped to fill in application forms and given interview preparation. These interviews also focus on career and the steps students need to take in order to get there.  All students have the opportunity to have an interview in Year 12 and 13 as well.  
Our careers advisor is also present at three key events at the school. They attend both Year 8 options evening and Sixth Form Open Evening.  At these events they are able to give advice and guidance to both students and their parents.  We also employ our careers advisor on GCSE results day. This enables them to talk to students regarding their grades and next steps. Year 13 students are also invited in during the day to see her about their A level results.  
During the summer term students in Years 10 and 12 are invited to participate in a Morrisby testing session.  
Careers Assemblies (Benchmarks one, two, three, four, five and seven). For Year 8-11 on the first Tuesday of each month careers assemblies are delivered by visiting speakers. All assemblies have focused on STEM careers. In Sixth Form we regularly have visiting speakers to talk to students about different careers and routes to follow after Year 13.   
Experiences of Workplaces and Higher Education (Benchmark five and seven).  Throughout their time at the school students are given the opportunity to go on trips to different universities, including Oxford University, Bucks New University and Reading University. In Year 12 and 13 students are encouraged to view universities and have meetings with possible apprenticeship providers. 
Work Experience (Benchmark six).  All Year 12 students undertake a week of work experience in the summer term. This work experience is required to be in the field they are considering entering after higher education. 

Careers Plan: Holmer Green Senior School 2017/18

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 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 days
  • PSHCE ‘What will I do when I leave HGSS?’ studied in Summer 2

Year 8

  • Enterprise days
  • Options assemblies and evening
  • Access to an impartial careers advisor during Year eight options evening and drop in sessions
  • PSHCE ‘Options and Career choices’ studied in Spring 2
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies to promote possible careers
  • Students with EHCPs are given a careers interview from Bucks CC

Year 9

  • Enterprise days
  • Access to an impartial careers advisor during drop in sessions
  • PSHCE ‘Career choices’ studied in Spring 1
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies to promote possible careers

Year 10

  • Interviews with an impartial careers advisor (vulnerable students in summer 2)
  • PSHCE ‘What to do after year 11?’ studied in Summer 2. Including CV writing skills.
  • Invitations and assembly on the Bucks Skills Show (Autumn Term)

Year 11

  • All students given at least one interview with an impartial careers advisor
  • PSHCE ‘What to do after Year 11?’ studied in Autumn 1. 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

  • Careers interviews with an impartial careers advisor
  • Attend numerous in house sessions on UCAS, careers, applications, CVs and personal statements
  • Elevate
  • Enterprise day in October focussing on futures
  • Assemblies from visiting speakers with a focus on careers and routes into them
  • 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. 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 2016/17 71% of our students went on to university, this is above national average (51%). This data also shows a three year upwards trend in the number of students attending university.



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

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