Denbigh High School

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Careers Education Information,
Advice and Guidance

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Careers Programme

Denbigh High School strives to raise students’ aspirations through its comprehensive careers programme, so they may ignite passions, discover talents and feel empowered to explore infinite opportunities. As a consequence, students’ confidence towards life beyond school increases and they feel equipped to pursue appropriate ambitions. Through careers learning and exposure to meaningful encounters with employers and training providers, students gain real-life experiences that enhance employability and increase awareness of life beyond the sphere of secondary education.

We have a dedicated Coordinator of CEIAG* and Student Employability who supports students throughout their school journey with tasks such as applications for college and apprenticeships, CV writing, interview skills, career planning and signposting where needed. Support is particularly important during key transition stages; in the course of selecting options in Year 8 where students may need help with decision making, and whilst in Year 11, the transition to further education or apprenticeships after leaving school.

Please see our online area for useful links and tools to support students and parents with CEIAG*.

*Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

A break down of the programme offered for each year group is as follows:







All year groups

Lunchtime aspiration Q&A sessions external visitors come in to talk to pupils regarding various professions, e.g. midwife and pilot

Denbigh Website  links and information on career exploration (including links to National Careers Service for more in-depth advice and guidance needs), further education, apprenticeships and employability skills

Self-referral information given on how to access CEIAG support (drop in or email) via signpost page in Student Toolkit Booklet

Open door policy students are able to drop into careers office, before or after school, break, lunchtime, and with tutor approval: morning and afternoon registration for advice and guidance. Students signposted to National Careers Service for in-depth advice and guidance.

Life skills for least able pupils

Careers guidance in Inclusive Learning

One-to-one guidance for students with EHCP provided by a personal adviser from Luton Borough Council



Year 7

National Careers Week Form-time activities and one hour per subject dedicated to careers learning

Visits to employers such as BBC and Microsoft

Trips to a local university EAL lecture

Careers Toolbox -books showing subjects linked to careers, e.g: ‘I’m good at French.’, with worksheets to focus on learning






Year 8

Curriculum booklet provides information and guidance for students and their parents to help make informed decisions on option subject choices

National Careers Week Form-time activities and one hour per subject dedicated to careers learning

Options Evening Careers Coordinator present to further aid decision making for Key Stage 4 choices

Visits to employers including the BBC, Microsoft and engineering organisations

Careers in Creative Technology event students are offered choices of workshops they wish to attend including photography, printing and product design

Employer assemblies

Trips to universities including a workshop held at Imperial College and a lecture at University of Bedfordshire

Careers Toolbox - books showing subjects linked to careers, e.g: ‘I’m good at French.’, with worksheets to focus on learning

Girls into STEM ‘Robogirls’ at Microsoft and female engineer engagement at MBDA





Year 9

Trips to universities including Coventry and Bedfordshire

National Careers Week Form-time activities and one hour per subject dedicated to careers learning

Trips to employers Employability event at Vauxhall Motors and skills-based learning at plastering company

Motivate Engage Achieve (MEA) group Construction placements

Mock interviews with real employers

Employability sessions CVs and job applications

Theatre visits for drama students

Trip to local apprenticeship fair

The Skills Show at the NEC, Birmingham

Employer assemblies









Year 10

National Careers Week Form-time activities and one hour per subject dedicated to careers learning

Most able university outreach project series of tutorials and visits to Oxford University

Singing/Songwriting workshop at Sixth Form College

Trip to Cambridge University (MFL)

Debating competition at Sixth Form College

University of Bedfordshire Nursing & Midwifery event

University of Bedfordshire: EAL Lecture

Taster day at Sixth Form College

The Skills Show

Young Enterprise Company Programme: Students start up a business, and compete with other teams on local, regional and potentially national levels

Careers in Creative Technology event students are offered choices of workshops they wish to attend including photography, printing and product design

Motivate Engage Achieve (MEA) group construction placements

Mock interviews with real employers

Employability sessions CVs and job applications

Science week: visiting researcher







Year 11

Apprenticeship vacancies linked to CEIAG website

Independent school partnership facilitating sixth form scholarship applications

Work experience all students spend a week on work placement

Health & Social Care visit to a hospice

Health & Social Care visit to a youth centre

Drama: theatre trip

Employer Trip Microsoft (BAME day)

Post-16 marketplace further education and apprenticeship providers invited in to talk to students

Lower ability visit to local college re: Learning for Living and Work

Singing/Songwriting workshop at Sixth Form College

Tour of Oaklands College

Sixth Form Open Evening

To maintain quality and ensure compliance with the latest statutory advice, the careers programme will be reviewed annually and impact will be measured by conducting termly student surveys.

Parents/Carers

We understand how difficult it can be to navigate through the large amount of information concerning careers.  Choices available to your child are likely to be very different from those you had at school. However, parental guidance significantly influences decisions made by our students, so it is imperative you have access to current information. Our programme sets out the kind of support we offer to help widen students’ horizons and assist them in making informed decisions. Look at Denbigh’s CEIAG area for information on colleges, apprenticeships and more.

For careers information and advice specifically for parents, you may also find these websites useful:

www.parentalguidance.org.uk

ukcareers.ey.com/schools/career-advice/parental-advice/

If you have any careers-related concerns for your child, please contact Mrs Armstrong on 01582 736611 or email careers@denbighhigh.co.uk

For employers and training providers

Here at Denbigh High School, we endeavour to give each of our student's numerous chances to engage with the world of work.  Organisations who are able to provide aspirational opportunities, in various guises, are welcome to make contact with the school and assist us in our efforts to strengthen students’ employability skills. We would be grateful for involvement in activities such as:

  • Workplace visits
  • Career talks
  • Work experience placements
  • Mentoring
  • Enterprise competitions
  • CV writing advice
  • Interview preparation/mock interviews

If you are able to support the school with any of these activities or have ideas which will further promote employability, please contact Tara Armstrong, Coordinator of CEIAG & Employability on 01582 736611 or email: careers@denbighhigh.co.uk

 

 

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