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Careers

At Sir Henry Floyd, we aim to inform and excite pupils about the opportunities that are available to them, so that they can feel confident about their study and career choices. From GCSE or A-Level options, degree courses, apprenticeships or work-related learning, we have the expertise to guide our students to grow into their best selves.

Over the course of time pupils spend with us, we ensure that pupils are well-informed and leave our school with the skills required for the working world and beyond. To achieve this we offer a plethora of careers support including, but not limited to:

  • Guidance sessions
  • Interactive events
  • Career briefings and assemblies
  • Morrisby testing (an aptitude assessment that recommends potential career options)
  • Guest speakers
  • Interview training
  • UCAS application support

It's never too early to start thinking about careers

Students make their first decisions that have an impact on their careers choices in Year 9 as they choose the subjects they would like to study at GCSE. PSHE+ lessons, assemblies and personal time with tutors help to guide students into making sensible choices.

Throughout the school year, a selection of talks on a wide variety of careers are offered to students in Years 10 and above. 

Although the majority of our pupils choose to apply to top universities, they are all encouraged to think about what is really right for them and for some this might be looking at apprenticeships or studying abroad. We speak to every student on an individual basis, and encourage them to explore their career goals and carry out research on what is right for them. Each year we are delighted with the numbers of students who move on to their first choice university or employment.  

KS3 Careers Activities:

  • Careers Education begins in Year 7 with some PSHE+ lessons devoted to helping students plan for their futures
  • General discussion and individual advice from Form Tutor
  • Morrisby 12+ testing
  • Options Evening and talk
  • Invited to attend biennial Careers Fair 

KS4 Careers Activities:

  • Morrisby testing
  • University visits (Year 10 enrichment week)
  • One-to-one university interviews and careers questionnaire (year 10 enrichment week)
  • Invited to attend biennial Careers Fair
  • Individual advice from Head of Careers when required
  • In Year 11 every student has a personal interview with a senior member of staff to discuss their post 16 choices.  These tutorials can be supported by interviews with a careers consultant. 

KS5 Careers Activities: 

  • Guest speaker assemblies
  • UCAS workshops
  • University visit (Birmingham, Year 12)
  • Work experience placement (Enrichment Week, Year 12)
  • Once examination results are released at the end of Year 13 we continue to offer support for students who need to change their plans. We also give advice and support to “Year 14” students who have needed to change direction or resubmit applications. 
  • Lessons on 'Life Skills' covering: CV writing, personal statements and presentation skills
  • Invitation to attend biennial Careers Fair
  • Individual advice from Head of Careers as students require
  • General discussion and individual advice from their Form Tutor
  • Advice about finding a taster course at university
  • Advice about finding an apprenticeship
  • Information about taking a gap year
  • Securing work experience (new programme with Careers Ambassadors)
  • Providing contacts with alumni who can provide advice and networking opportunities
  • Developing employability skills

Employers:

We are keen for employers to work with our students through assemblies, careers fairs or in group settings and 1-to-1s, as we feel our students benefit from these experiences and expertise.  We currently hold a careers fair biennially, welcome guest speakers into all year group assemblies, and require volunteers to support our GCSE and A Level students though interviews and further education preparation.

External Speakers and Parents/ Carers

We are always pleased to hear from anyone who would be prepared to come to our school and speak about their profession or experiences. These are great opportunities for students to learn and ask questions about a career that may suit them in the future.

If you would like to come into our school to talk about your profession or volunteer for an event, please contact:

Miss Emma-Louise Bahra, Head of Careers or you can reach her on 01296 424781.

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