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Careers

We are committed to providing our students in Years 7 to 11 a comprehensive, impartial programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL).

All students take part in a careers programme that:

  • Aims to inspire as well as inform and guide students

  • Is centred around the student and their needs

  • Is integrated into the students’ experience of the whole curriculum

  • Encourages all students to consider their career throughout Key Stages 3 and 4

  • Encourages all students to develop decision making skills

  • Provides each student with high quality, impartial advice

  • Raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity


Aims

To empower schools & colleges to improve outcomes for their students through the Gatsby Benchmarks & strategic collaboration. This will serve and support schools to achieve their own objectives as well as build a community of practice with a shared vision.

We review our Careers Programme three times a year using the Careers & Enterprise Company’s Compass Tool – which is careers benchmark tool.

About Compass

Compass is a free resource for schools and colleges in England that quickly and easily helps to evaluate our careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice – known as the Gatsby Benchmarks, these are list below:

  • A stable careers programme 

  • Learning from career and labour market information 

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • Encounters with employers and employees 

  • Experiences of workplaces 

  • Encounters with further and higher education

  • Personal guidance  

The tool was built in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, to help us discover our strengths and find areas for improvement.

Overview of Careers Programme

Year 7

  • Keywork  Programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)

  • All students take part in the National Careers Week.

Year 8

  • Keywork Programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management) 

  • All students take part in the National Careers Week.

Year 9

  • Keywork Programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)

  • All students take part in the National Careers Week.

  • All students have 1:1 interviews to provide advice, support & guidance with GCSE subject choices

Year 10

  • Keywork Programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management) 

  • All students take part in the National Careers Week 

  • Selected students visit the University of Bath for taster days

Year 11

  • Keywork Programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management) 

  • All students take part in the National Careers Week.

  • Selected students visit the University of Bath

  • All students have 1:1 interviews to provide advice, support & guidance with Post 16 decisions – Sixth Form applications/subject choices, college applications and apprenticeship opportunities

  • All students invited to local FE college and Apprenticeship provider workshops and drop in sessions

Parents/Carers

We work closely with parents/carers to support their children to make informed career choices. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend the careers events and options evenings.

Our lead for careers at Park Road Support Centre is Mr Daniel Selby. Daniel works along side the students all year to support the students with careers information and guidance. To contact Daniel Selby, please call on 01458264979 or email dselby@stdunstansschool.com 


Parents/carers can also contact Mr Jones, Head of Careers at StDunstan's on 01458 823943 or PJones@stdunstansschool.com to seek advice and ask any questions you might have regarding careers pathways.


Work Experience

Work Experience is always important, especially now in our current economic climate. Therefore, gaining more work related experience is likely to give you an advantage in the labour market by the time you leave full-time education.

The placement with an employer is for a period of one week, where you will learn about a particular job. While you are on your Work Experience placement you will be able to find out about the types of skills employers look for when they are recruiting.

This opportunity also gives you the chance to develop communication skills and self confidence.

It is always rewarding to hear success stories.  In particular some of our employers have had such good experiences with students they offer them part-time jobs which may lead to full-time employment.