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Careers

At Denbigh School, we are committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for their next steps when they leave school, be it for education or employment. Through careers-related activities and through our curriculum, we aim to inform students about the range of opportunities available and we aim to provide personalised guidance to support their decision-making. Through our PHSEE programme we raise students’ awareness of develop the employability skills that will equip them for success in their chosen careers. The Gatsby benchmarks are embedded in our provision.

Our careers provision is well- developed and embedded in the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. It provides good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. Careers at Denbigh is differentiated to meet the needs of different age-groups, and opportunities and impartial advice is tailored for individual students, recognising equality and diversity considerations.

The school provides multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

All students participate in work experience and have opportunities to develop employer links.

Students explore the full range of opportunities available to them for their next steps, including colleges, apprenticeships, universities and employment.

Should you have any questions regarding careers please email the following or please phone the School Reception:

Mrs H. Brown- Careers leader (brownh@denbigh.net)
Mrs C Hamdan- Careers administrator (hamdanc@denbigh.net)

Delivery

How the career programme is delivered

The careers programme is delivered across the school, to all year groups, with different focus according to the age of the student, during tutorial, through faculties, DBT and during events. We employ an independent Careers advisor who provides individual meetings and guidance, with a focus on years 11 to 13. The advisor is also available during parent consultation evenings to book appointments with. Professionals from a wide variety of job roles are invited to meet students and provide information about their roles and businesses. Within the Tutorial programme, we develop students’ knowledge of career paths and skills in communicating with people. We use Unifrog for students to access job searching tools, as well as skills evaluation tools to record their career education journey. 

Evaluation

How the career programme is evaluated?

The careers programme is evaluated during PSHE programme, after careers events, and through questionnaires. Feedback from students, employees and tutors is gathered after work experience. Individual meetings gather feedback, this is used when planning future speakers and events. The work is evaluated by the leadership team and the designated careers School Governor.

Work Experience

It is expected that every Post 16 student across the country undertakes some form of workplace experience.  We support these expectations and expect every Year 12 student to have some work experience during the course of their first year.

In order to facilitate this, the Sixth Form Team regularly send information about work experience opportunities.  We also encourage students to use Speakers for Schools – an excellent service that offers virtual work experience opportunities and one that has proved very useful over the past couple of years.

We allow students to include part-time jobs as part of the work experience requirement.  Denbigh Sixth Form supports students having part time employment provided that it does not interfere with school work.

Careers Programmes

Year 7

Introduction to careers in DBT. Sessions focus on Understanding employability skills that you will need to develop for the workplace; What is your dream job?; A research task into careers of interest.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Students have a work experience day where they may go to work with their parents.

Employers Talk: During the course of the year, students listen and ask questions during employer talks. During these online interviews, presented in the tutorial, individuals talk about their job role, the daily experience of work, and their career path a range of careers are discussed.

They also participate in the “Restaurant Challenge” as part of the Year 7 curriculum day where they must work as a team to design a menu and develop a brand for a restaurant, giving them an enterprise experience

Students are introduced to Unifrog and begin to record their skills development, career-related activities and competencies.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extracurricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in the workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

Year 8

In DBT, students start to evaluate future pathways and consider the differences between universities or apprenticeships as possible destinations.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Students use Unifrog to explore GCSE options subjects, the skills they develop through them, and their links with future careers. They reflect on decision-making in the tutorial as part of the options process.

Options lessons and information evenings help to guide students and parents to subjects that will suit their future needs. Tutorial sessions support this process.

Employers Talk: During the course of the year, students listen and ask questions during employer talks. During these online interviews, presented in the tutorial, individuals talk about their job role, the daily experience of work, and their career path a range of careers are discussed.

Selected Year 7 and 8 girls are invited to take part in trips such as “IT girls allowed” and “Women in the Computing industry” challenging stereotypes about girls in IT workplaces.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extracurricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in the workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

Year 9

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Employers Talk: During the course of the year, students listen and ask questions during employer talks. During these online interviews, presented in the tutorial, individuals talk about their job role, the daily experience of work, and their career path a range of careers are discussed.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extracurricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in the workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

Year 10

All year 10 students carry out one week of Work experience in the autumn term. They are supported to find their own placements or an online virtual work experience is provided by the school.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Employers Talk: During the course of the year, students listen and ask questions during employer talks. During these online interviews, presented in the tutorial, individuals talk about their job role, the daily experience of work, and their career path a range of careers are discussed.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extracurricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in the workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace. Ask apprenticeships give an introductory presentation about apprenticeships.

Year 11

Selected students are identified and are given the opportunity to undertake their final year of study at MK College or on extended work experience (as part of our alternative provision) if it felt that they would benefit from a more vocational programme at this stage.

All students are scheduled to take part in an interview with an independent careers advisor during the course of Year 11

Sixth form opportunities evening enables students to find out about post-16 options at Denbigh school

Futures Day gives students the opportunity to experience taster lessons for post-16 courses at Denbigh. There are also sessions for those who intend to leave Denbigh about the alternatives: presentations from local colleges; an introduction to apprenticeships; CV writing and interview skills; and other employers including the Army, Niftylift, etc.

Careers workshops are provided by external agencies such as Ask Apprenticeships and the Navy, to support targeted students in developing employability skills and preparing for recruitment processes.

Students are invited to attend STEM lectures as an extracurricular activity. These focus on the application of Science in research and in the workplace. As well as academics, STEM ambassadors are involved in these presentations and they give an insight into their workplace.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Employers Talk: During the course of the year, students listen and ask questions during employer talks. During these online interviews, presented in the tutorial, individuals talk about their job role, the daily experience of work, and their career path a range of careers are discussed.

Drop-in sessions are also available for year 11 parents to discuss future options for their children both in school, college, apprenticeships or work.

All year 11 students take part in an interview with their parents by a senior member of staff. Discussions consider progress, future plans, appropriate courses and any concerns that students or parents may have.

Action Plans are written to ensure accurate records are kept and these are accessibly immediately to students via Unifrog.

Drop-in sessions are held for sixth former to discuss work experience, internships, volunteering, career options, apprenticeships etc. These can be run by the Careers Advisor or by representatives from local businesses e.g. Santander, Network Rail etc.

Year 12 students are offered help and advice in finding work experience. Year 12 and 13 Languages students are given the opportunity to carry out work experience placements in France and Germany.

Students have the opportunity to sign up for Young Enterprise and EES Scheme as enrichment options. They can also take part in the Bar Mock trials giving them an insight into the legal profession

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Employers Talk: During the course of the year, students listen and ask questions during employer talks. During these online interviews, presented in the tutorial, individuals talk about their job role, the daily experience of work, and their career path a range of careers are discussed.

Tutorial sessions help students learn to use Unifrog more effectively to identify work experience placements, apprenticeships and for UCAS

Students take part in a UCAS day which introduces them to the university application process and how to apply for apprenticeships

Students are signposted towards a range of opportunities- careers fairs, higher education events, apprenticeships

All students are assigned to a mentor who discusses academic progress, progression routes and provide one to one support

Students can book an appointment to see the Independent careers advisor

Year 12

Year 12 students are offered help and advice in finding work experience. Year 12 and 13 Languages students are given the opportunity to carry out work experience placements in France and Germany.

Students have the opportunity to sign up for Young Enterprise and EES Scheme as enrichment options. They can also take part in the Bar Mock trials giving them an insight into the legal profession

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Tutorial sessions help students learn to use Unifrog more effectively to identify work experience placements, apprenticeships and for UCAS

Students take part in a UCAS day which introduces them to the university application process and how to apply for apprenticeships

Students are signposted towards a range of opportunities- careers fairs, higher education events, apprenticeships

All students are assigned to a mentor who discusses academic progress, progression routes and provide one to one support

Students can book an appointment to see the Independent careers advisor

Year 13

All students are assigned to a mentor with whom they meet regularly to discuss academic progress, future plans and provide one-to-one support. They work closely with students on personal statements for university, apprenticeships, or job applications.

Tutorial sessions help students navigate the process of applying for university or looking for apprenticeships to employment.

Selected students receive additional guidance for Oxbridge applications and support with interview techniques. Workshops are provided by Ask Apprenticeship to support targeted students to prepare for the apprenticeship recruitment processes.

Employers Talk: During the course of the year, students listen and ask questions during employer talks. During these online interviews, presented in the tutorial, individuals talk about their job role, the daily experience of work, and their career path a range of careers are discussed.

Students also take part in careers week activities linked to curriculum areas. They engage with presentations delivered by professionals working within the relevant industries and explore how the subject lessons prepare them for the world of work. They discuss career pathways linked to different subject areas.

Students are signposted towards a range of opportunities- careers fairs, higher education events, apprenticeships

Year 12 and 13 Languages students are given the opportunity to carry out work experience placements in France and Germany.

Students can book an appointment to see the Independent careers advisor

Please find below the published Careers Guidance Procedure:

Unifrog

Unifrog is our primary database for both recording student activities and for researching opportunities.  It provides students with a user-friendly tool to keep track of work experience, extra-curricular achievements, academic results and also to start considering their options beyond the Sixth Form.

Unifrog is well used tool and many students who join Denbigh School in our Sixth Form will already be familiar with it and have an account.

Labour Market Information Labour Market Information is about the current economic and employment situation. It includes data on destinations, average starting salary, current trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns.

LMI means finding out the following things about different job roles or career pathways:

• What do people actually do in this job/industry?
• How many people work in this job/industry?
• How much do people get paid in this job/industry?
• What qualifications do I need to do this job?
• What skills or qualities do I need to do this job?
• What are the typical working hours for this job?
• What percentage of men/women work in this job/industry?
• Where can this job/industry take me in the future?
• Where are these jobs located around the country?
• How many of these jobs will there be in the future?

There is an abundance of LMI on the online Unifrog, and a variety of other sources given via the links below.

Useful Links