School Life

Careers & Raising Aspirations


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Student entitlement

Students in years 7 – 13 are entitled: To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.

To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.

To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7 PSHCE – careers unit: raising aspirations National Careers Week Journey of a Bagel
Year 8 Global Entrepreneurship Week activities w/c 11/11/19 A range of employer talks in assembly on different careers.
National Careers Week, Careers Fair, PSHCE (Options assembly), KS4 Options evening.
STEM events
Year 9 Halesowen College visits – High achievers Global Entrepreneurship Week activities w/c 11/11/19 Halesowen college taster day whole year group & National Careers Week Employer talk on the value of work experience in preparation for work experience in Y10 (12.35-1.50)
Year 10 Careers fair & PSHCE – careers unit: post 16 applications
UCAS Progress personal statement workshops
Work experience – April 2020 & National Careers Week activities Oxford and Cambridge University Aspirational visit (High achievers) Apprenticeship assembly & 6th Form assembly & PSHCE – careers unit: post 16 choices & National Apprenticeship Show
Year 11 Current Y10 & 20 minute mock interviews – external & Careers Fair & PSHCE Personal statements & CV writing & College applications National Careers Week activities Connexions advisor support
Year 12 Careers Fair & Personal statements & CV writing National Careers Week activities Residential trip to Edgehill University, Apprenticeship and degree apprenticeship workshops, University visit & University residential PSHCE – careers unit: introduction to UCAS and personal statements
Year 13 Workshops – HE and higher apprenticeship applications, University open days, Careers fayre, PSHCE – careers unit: post 18 applications UCAS personal statement workshops Employer talks

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact: Mrs J Harper or Mrs J Atherton
Telephone: 01384 686606

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by Mrs J Harper or Mrs Atherton.

Approval and review

Approved May 2019 by Governors at Curriculum and Standards Committee

Next review: May 2020

Signed: Chair of Governors