The Academy recognises the essential part careers education, information advice and guidance play in preparing students for future pathways and the responsibilities of adult and working life. With this understanding, it is the intent of the Academy to provide an effective and progressive careers programme throughout our students learning experience to enable them to realise their full potential and be inspired to achieve a successful future. This is in keeping with the Academy’s vision statement “to develop happy and successful people who accept responsibility, demonstrate determination and act with humility”.
Wymondham High Sixth Form works in partnership with local businesses/employers, universities, FE colleges, schools, the Careers and Enterprise Company, Apprenticeship providers, Local Authority and Norfolk Higher Aspirations Scheme. Students in Year 12 and 13 are supported to make appropriate Post-18 choices through various events that are held throughout the year including support with UCAS applications, interview skills, Career Fairs, Guest speakers, trips, visits, Gap Year and Volunteering opportunities. Students in Year 12 are encouraged to apply for work experience at the end of summer.
Our careers programme is based around the 8 Gatsby benchmarks
- A stable careers programme (delivered through tutorial, assembly sessions with tutor supported follow up tasks on Unifrog – (an online programme.)
- Learning from career and labour market information (delivered through assemblies, committees, fortnightly bulletins and Teams)
- Addressing the needs of each pupil (through a tailored curriculum and 1:1 interviews with Miss Emmerson our Careers and Guidance Lead.)
- Linking curriculum learning to careers (through use of Unifrog, UCAS, Apprenticeship websites, external providers and schemes of work)
- Encounters with employers and employees (through mock interviews with local businesses, careers fair and work experience)
- Experiences of workplaces (through work experience in Year 12, site visits, and enterprise opportunities including trips and visits)
- Encounters with further and higher education (through visits to and links with universities and Norfolk Higher Aspirations Scheme.)
- Personal guidance (through careers interviews with Miss Emmerson our Careers and Guidance Lead)
Careers Entitlement - Our Aims
All students including off site learners are entitled to and will receive impartial and independent careers education advice and guidance which will inform their longer-term career goal –
- To help students learn to understand themselves and develop their capabilities.
- To develop an understanding of the range of opportunities available at each transitional stage (14, 16 and 18) including technical education routes and higher and degree Apprenticeships.
- To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunities.
- To enable students to explore careers through employer encounters, online resources, and the careers library resources.
- To raise students’ self-esteem and confidence which will allow them to realise their true potential.
- To help students manage their career planning, by giving them the tools which will enable them to make decisions based on interests and abilities and labour market information.
- To raise aspiration to prevent disengagement from the learning process and students becoming NEET (not in Employment, Education or Training).
- To provide the opportunity for students to learn about STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) related careers. To have encounters with employers and workplaces related to STEM; to encourage proactive links with curriculum subjects.