Our aim is to improve the life chances of our young people, to offer them a nurturing, safe and supportive environment and a personalised learning experience. This aim extends to our approach to CEE and IAG.
Whilst at St. Thomas à Becket’s students are taught the skills and attitudes required to enable them to become as independent as they can be and to prepare for adulthood. We aim for pupils to have an enriched and stimulating curriculum to give them every opportunity to explore and develop their potential. Providing effective careers education, information, advice and guidance ensures students move to their next stage with the right tools, values and understanding to help prepare them for their future.
Our Careers Strategy works in line with our core Personal and Social, Health, Economic (PSHE) programme. We seek to support students to consider their future options, realise their potential and decide how their skills and experiences fit with opportunities in the job market. We prepare students for their preferred progression pathway whether that is to continue with further education, employment or training.
We are fully committed to our statutory and moral obligation to provide a holistic service to students, highlighting the vocational and academic routes to their preferred careers path, opportunities in the region and further afield. We ensure that students are aware of the opportunities and challenges in the world of world, and support their plans and aspirations.
Our Careers programme is delivered through a variety of different activities and experiences. Our PSHE programme covers topics in each year group that look at careers, finances and associated topics such as:
- Introduction to careers
- Raising aspirations
- Challenging career stereotypes
- Saving, spending and budgeting our money
- Making ethical financial decisions
- Understanding careers
- Future aspirations
- Identifying learning strengths related to GCSE options
- Understanding credit
- Causes and effects of debt
- Understanding the college application process
- Plans beyond school
- Skills for employment and career progression
- Money management – Tax, NI, pensions, mortgages, insurance
In addition to this programme we also have a dedicated Careers Office acting as a central hub for everything careers at St. Thomas à Becket’s. Here students are able to seek and find help to explore, develop and maximise their potential.
Students are able to access personlised careers advice, assistance in development of CVs and personal statements in their readiness for their journey after school. They are also able to utilise the new facilities within the Careers Office to search local market information & local employers, current job and course availability and gain assistance with all manner of applications.
Students have additional opportunities within school, working with various professionals who inspire the pupils to consider and research different career paths for example:
- The Craft Council (working with artists and designers on a number of projects)
- The Norwegian Seafood Company (working with a professional Chef)
- Jon Hammond from Speakers for Schools spoke to KS4 pupils about the importance of good communication skills in whatever career they chose
- Artists from The Hepworth Gallery and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Year 7 students working on the Hepworth Project)
- Actors from the National Theatre and Paperbirds theatre group performing for students and taking part in masterclasses.
- Wakefield Rugby Wildcats Coaches working with girls in PE
- Access to the Arkright Engineering Scholarship – the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession.
Trips are also run to various local Universities during Science Week to attend lectures and work with scientists on small projects and activities. Students also have the opportunity to visit the Big Bang Careers fair to look at STEM careers. Key stage 3 pupils are invited to attend a STEMPlus Masterclass each half term at Wakefield College where they can choose a STEM subject to complete a project in.
At the end of Year 8 students are supported in their Options choices by a one-to-one Careers Interview through Encompass Careers, giving our Y8 students access to personalised careers advice, followed by an information evening, helping them in the choosing of their school options. Additional support is offered through the PSHE programme.
In Key Stage 4 students are offered a 1 to 1 careers interview with our partner Prospects Careers Advisor, Sally Hodkinson; this provision can be extended for those pupils who need additional support.
The majority of students are given the opportunity to attend a Taster Day at either New College Pontefract, Notredame Sixth Form College or Wakefield College as a first experience of Post 16 provision. The multitude of Post 16 courses are delivered via an assembly at the start of Year 11 and all students are invited to and encouraged to attend the Wakefield Careers Fair evening in October (a small group of students are accompanied during the day event) as well as other Careers Fairs coordinated throughout the year. All of our local Post 16 providers deliver assemblies to the students and many provide stalls at the Y10/11 parent evenings. Support for the further education application process is offered to all students and time in school is provided for developing personal statements and researching colleges and courses. Careers Advisors are present at results day and support is offered to students who need to re-assess their post 16 options.
We measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils by monitoring the NEETS (Pupils Not in Education, Employment or Training) and careers advice and support is offered to students after they have left our school to help them into their chosen career path.
The careers leader is Carl Brooks and our careers assistant is Jude Fitzgerald. They can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; JFitzgerald@beckets.bkcat.co.uk and by Tel. No. 01924 303545 Ext 242
This information will be reviewed and updated in September 2021.