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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Colne Valley High School

 

You can download a copy of our Careers and Work Experience Policy here.

 

Destination Information for Year 11 Leavers 2018 

 

Colne Valley High School employ two Careers Advisers to support the students with Careers Advice and Guidance and ensure they make informed decisions regarding their Post 16 choices.

 

The Careers Leader for Colne Valley High School is Mrs S Hardcastle. Please contact her with any questions about the Careers service the school offers.

 

Mrs S Hardcastle     Available: Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 4.00pm                 

Contact details: shardcastle@thecvhs.co.uk      Tel: 01484 848680 ext 208

 

Mrs E Mawhinney    Available: Mondays and Tuesdays, 8.00am - 4.00pm       

Contact details: emawhinney@thecvhs.co.uk     Tel: 01484 848680 

 

You can also follow the Careers department on Twitter for updates on events within school and vacancies and events in the local area on @cvhs_careers

 

Provider Access Statement

All students in Years 8 - 11 are enabled to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions and to develop their employability so they make successful transitions post-16. We engage proactively with our local further education and work-based learning providers. Termly Business Breakfast events ensure regular two way communication with local employers. Through our comprehensive careers and employer engagement approach our students are able:

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact our Careers Leader, Mrs S Hardcastle on the contact details above.

 

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme,will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

 

 Our Careers Programme for Years 7-11

Year 7

The Real Game

Year 7 will use the Real Game programme which is a career exploration tool during the Careers SPACE Day.

Records of Achievement

Year 7 will be given a Record of Achievement which can be used to identify their achievements, skills and areas for further development.

Drop In Sessions

Drop in sessions available at the careers office every day at break and lunch.

Spotlight Sessions

Year 7 will be given the opportunity to attend spotlight sessions on various career areas during form times.

 

Year 8

 

Year 9 Careers Fair

Year 8 will have the opportunity to visit the Year 9 Careers Fair and explore career areas.

Spotlight Sessions

Year 8 will be given the opportunity to attend spotlight sessions on various career areas during form times.

Records of Achievement

Year 8 will have a Record of Achievement which can be used to identify their achievements, skills and areas for further development.

Drop In Sessions

Drop in sessions available at the careers office every day at break and lunch.

 

Year 9

 

Tutor Programme

Half Term 2 – CIAG Preparation for the Careers Fair.

Half Term 3 – KS4 Guided Choices interviews and look at life assemblies.

Year 9 Careers Fair

Year 9 will organise a Careers Fair for Years 8. This will enable them to explore the options available to them and assist them in making their guided choices.

Fast Tomato

Year 9 will use Fast Tomato to help them identify their skills and interests and also potential career areas. This will be completed during Form Time.

Records of Achievement

Year 9 will have a Record of Achievement which can be used to identify their achievements, skills and areas for further development.

Guided Choices Evening

Careers Advisers will be available at Guided Choices Evening to provide support and information to students and parents.

Spotlight Sessions

Year 9 will be given the opportunity to attend spotlight sessions on various career areas during form time.

Drop In Sessions

Drop in sessions available at the careers office every day at break and lunch.

EHCP Reviews

A Careers Adviser will be present for all EHCP reviews for Year 9 students.

Apprenticeship Evening

Year 9 will be invited to the Apprenticeship Evening held at Colne Valley High School.

 

Year 10

 

Tutor Programme – topics that will be covered in form time.

CIAG, what is work experience and what to expect.

CIAG, work experience applications and finding an employer.

Health and Safety at work during assembly.

Employment rights and responsibilities.

Records of Achievement

Year 10 will have a Record of Achievement which can be used to identify their achievements, skills and areas for further development.

Year 10 Parents Evening

Careers Advisers will be available at Parents Evening to provide support and information to students and parents.

SEN Reviews

A Careers Adviser is present at all relevant meetings.

Spotlight Sessions

Year 10 will be given the opportunity to attend spotlight sessions on various career areas during form times.

Year 10 Guidance Session

All Year 10 will have an introductory meeting with a Careers Adviser in the Spring or Summer Term, this will be either a group work session or individual meeting.

Personal Statements and CV’s

Year 10 complete personal statements and CV’s in preparation for making college applications in Year 11, finding apprenticeships and part time work.

Year 10 Taster Days

Year 10 students will be given the opportunity to attend taster days at Greenhead College, Huddersfield New College and The Creative and Media Studio School and Kirklees College.

University Visits

Identified students will be given the opportunity to attend a visit to The University of Huddersfield to explore Higher Education. This will be aimed at students who may not be considering HE or who we feel need to raise their aspirations.

Russell Group University visit -More able students will be invited to an overnight visit to The University of Oxford and a day visit to The University of Cambridge.

STEM Conference

More able students invited to the STEM Conference at Huddersfield New College.

Drop In Sessions

Drop in sessions available at the careers office every day at break and lunch.

Work Experience

Year 10 will take part in preparation work for work experience including finding their own placement.

Apprenticeship Evening 

Year 10 will invited to the Apprenticeship Evening held at Colne Valley High School.

 

Year 11

 

Tutor Programme – delivered in form time

Work experience debrief

CIAG, UCAS Progress – completing their online profile and making college applications.

Completing a CV.

Moving On Programme

All Year 11 will use the Moving On Programme in form time to support them in making appropriate post 16 transitions.

Records of Achievement

Year 11 will have a Record of Achievement which can be used to identify their achievements, skills and areas for further development.

Year 11 Parents Evening and Information Evening

Careers Advisers will be available at Parents Evenings to provide support and information to students and parents.

Year 11 Parents Information leaflet

Year 11 parents will receive an information leaflet with details of the careers support available and key dates to be aware of in Year 11.

SEN Reviews

A Careers Adviser is present at all relevant meetings.

Spotlight Sessions

Year 11 will be given the opportunity to attend spotlight sessions on various career areas during form times.

Year 11 Guidance Session

All Year 11 will have several meetings with a Careers Adviser, this will be either a group work session or individual meeting.

UCAS Progress

Year 11 will complete UCAS Progress and make appropriate applications to post 16 provision which reflect their abilities, all form groups will be supported by a Careers Adviser.

Kirklees College Taster Sessions

Year 11 students will be given the opportunity to attend taster sessions at Kirklees College.

Mock Interviews

All Year 11 will have a mock interview with a college, training provider or employer.

Assemblies

The local colleges will be invited in to assembly to deliver a presentation on the options available to student’s post 16.

College Interviews

Interviews with the partner colleges will be delivered in school where possible.

Drop In Sessions

Drop in sessions available at the careers office every day at break and lunch.

Year 11 Work Experience

All Year 11 students will take part in one week of work experience.

Apprenticeship Evening

Year 11 will be invited to the Apprenticeship Evening held at Colne Valley High School.


Careers information and resources for parents, students and staff

 

The websites below are useful when making plans for the future and considering career options.

 

Labour Market Information:

Find out about career areas that will be in demand in the future!

Fast Tomato offers interest based careers guidance and education for teenagers. Following some simple but powerful assessments, Fast Tomato offers a wealth of career, course and subject information, coupled with independent adviser support, to inspire students and to help them make informed decisions about their future. See Mrs Hardcastle for the code to log on to Fast Tomato.

icould - take the buzz quiz! - in under five minutes discover your strengths and what makes you tick!

Career Test  - find out which career suits your personality.

The National Careers Service - explore job roles and access a variety of careers information.

Prospects - explore careers and find out information on specific job roles.

 

Making college applications and researching courses for Further and Higher Education:

In Year 11 all students will use UCAS Progress to make their college applications and search for college courses. Your child will receive a username and password to access the site in Year 11.

www.informedchoices.ac.uk - What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career. Use the Informed Choices website to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.

 

Apprenticeships - find out more about apprenticeships and search for vacancies:

Parents Guide to Apprenticeships - May 2019

Information on apprenticeships for students, parents and staff

  

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