Sandringham School provides careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to students at all stages of their school career.
It is our duty to ensure that students are fully prepared for their next stage of education, training and employment and are able to make fully informed choices about their next steps. We aim to ensure that all students have opportunities to develop their knowledge and access to a wide range of careers opportunities and are thus able to make informed choices about each step of their education and future career. We want every young person to find the very best destination and pathway for them.
The school is very committed to providing information about a wide range of providers at all transition stages and to ensuring a carefully sequenced careers curriculum through our Personal Development teaching programme. Our Extended Learning Days complement this offer, to ensure that we can bring in further educational providers and representatives from a wide range of sectors. We aim to amplify the vocational and technical career pathways alongside the higher education routes. We are proud of all of the unique pathways that our students pursue!
The Careers Team
Careers Leader: Kate Mouncey, Assistant Headteacher
Careers Coordinator: Carly Eady
Sixth Form Careers and Apprenticeship Coordinator: Vivienne Boost
Careers Governor: Luke Sieger
Our Careers Programme
Sandringham is committed to providing the highest quality careers provision and has ensured that the government’s required Gatsby Benchmarks are in place within our extensive careers programme. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are as follows:
- 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
A document outlining how we are meeting these benchmarks at Sandringham can be downloaded here: Gatsby Benchmarks
Careers advice and guidance is offered from years 7 to 13. There are substantial events and opportunities planned for different year groups through the ELD programme, which include multiple opportunities for alternative providers to speak to students at key points. There is also clear exposure and advice on technical education and pathways at all key stages.The personal development curriculum has a unit on careers in all year groups which is carefully sequenced and ensures a regular and varied diet on many aspects on CEIAG and a focus on different career pathways.
Please see here for the outline plan of activities by year group.
In addition, the school Learning Resource Centre holds a variety of resources for students to access, as well as online resources and there is access to personal guidance from an independent Services for Young People Careers Advisor.
Key activities taking place for each year groups are explained below:
Work shadowing day
In Year 7, all students have the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a parent or family friend at work. This enables students to get a taste of the workplace and begin to consider the skills needed for work.
All students in Year 8 attend termly presentations from a range of employers across a variety of industry sectors where they hear more about the world of work and pathways to different careers. We work with a variety of local and national employers, from the NHS through to publishing companies and leading engineering companies.
Careers Aspiration Day
All students in Year 9 engage in an Extended Learning Day that focuses on their future career pathways. This includes meeting sixth form students, university students, apprenticeship providers and employers. Students are also supported to engage in their own careers research with a focus on the importance of choosing their KS4 options.
Year 9 into 10 Transition
As students select their options for GCSE, all Year 9 students are supported through a Year 9 into 10 Options Evening, one to one options personal guidance sessions and optional personal sessions with advisors from Services for Young People.
University Aspiration Day
All Year 10 students experience an Extended Learning Day where they visit a university (e.g. Brunel, Hertfordshire, Oxford, Cambridge) in order to get a taste of university life. This includes campus tours, sample course activities and opportunities to meet students and university staff.
From Year 10 onwards, students are invited to engage with Morrisby Testing, an independent careers profiling service, followed by a one-to-one feedback interview with an independent careers advisor. This can play a valuable role in supporting students to consider their career pathway.
All Year 10 students engage in work experience for a week during E Week. Students have scope to seek out their own placements or select those provided by our partners, Services for Young People. This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in work, build their skills and consider their personal career pathway.
‘You’re Hired’ Extended Learning Day
All Year 11 students take part in an Extended Learning Day focusing on building confidence on their chosen career pathway. Each student prepares their own CV, getting feedback from a professional. Students are given mock interviews by an employer and supported to reflect on this. Furthermore, they are given the opportunity to meet local colleges and to learn more about apprenticeships and career pathways.
Sixth Form and College Transition
All Year 11 students are supported as they make the transition beyond Year 11 to further education and training. All students receive one-to-one Sixth Form/College Options guidance sessions and are informed about multiple pathways, including technical and vocational options. Services for Young People provide information about college pathways at Year 11 events and students can opt for personal guidance meetings also.
In the Sixth Form, all students are supported to organise their own workplace visits in February. This plays a key role in their future applications to apprenticeships and universities.
Year 12 students take part in a series of ‘Futures’ events including meeting representatives from universities, a range of careers and apprenticeship providers. Students learn about the UCAS application process in detail empowering them to make competitive applications. Students interested in applying for apprenticeships are provided with a bespoke programme of support and events to ensure they are successful in securing the very best places available. For students interested in applying for Oxbridge, Medicine or Veterinary Science, there is also a bespoke programme in place.
All students engage in an Extended Learning Day to seek advice and complete applications to the highest standard.
Apprenticeship and employment support
Students who are interested in applying for apprenticeships/ employment are supported in group sessions and in one-one-guidance with our Apprenticeship Champion, Mrs Boost.