Archbishop Holgate’s is committed to developing the life chances of all students, and aims to encourage and inspire them through a comprehensive programme of CEIAG. We are very proud of our C&K Gold Award, which recognises our outstanding practice in careers education. Students participate in a range of activities which include learning about themselves: their personality, strengths and qualities. They will begin to explore different career options in the modern world and gain an awareness of how they begin to research and plan various career paths.
All year groups will meet with employers and other outside agencies to gain independent and impartial advice about the options which are best suited to them as individuals. As part of Careers Advice, Guidance and Development, all students receive high quality impartial careers guidance, which help them to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. Students have access to the internal L6 Careers Advisor and pathway meetings with senior leaders. The careers curriculum is enriched through external support with employability embedded into the curriculum across all key stages.
Mrs Adamson | L6 Careers Advisor
Being Me: This begins the process of stduents identifying their skills, interests and personality traits. The topic explores the links between school and future careers.
STEM Enrichment Day: Explores different careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The Real Game: Students work through different career roles, disseminating qualifications, salaries, gross and net pay. They also consider the reality of salaries against living expenses and dream lifestyles.
Options Assemblies: For both students and parents.
Year 8 students will focus on KS4 options and can have support from the Careers Advisor when making appropriate subject choices GCSEs.
Industry Day: Students are set in groups (dressed in workwear) and are tasked with forming a company, each being allocated a set position of responsibility. Their aim is to design, make and the market a set of products. This includes brand name, logo, strapline, profit and loss, cash forecasting and a final presentation to a group of chief executives from the world of work.
Preparation for Work Experience: Year 10 students are given the opportunity to arrange their own work experience, as well as taking part in a careers event, which will develop their employability skills. Work experience provides the opportunity to gain knowledge of what employers expect, it allows students to gain skills in independence, initiative, timekeeping, team work, self-awareness and reliability.
Banking and Finance: Students learn how to deal with the difficulty of budgeting, finance, dealing with debt, living expenses and personal statements. Students will also consider future pathways through the ‘It’s your Choice’ programme, which explores vocational, apprenticeship and A Level option routes.
Year 11 are offered an individual pathway interview and will focus on their Post-16 options, while learning how to make effective transitions from Key Stage 4. They can also request a meeting with Mrs Adamson, Careers Advisor.
Year 12 students are given the opportunity to arrange their own work internship. All students will also follow a progression programme which will focus on their individual Post-18 pathway. They will also have access to a number of employer and Higher Education careers events, such as a Careers Conference, Oxbridge university trip, Leeds university undergraduate fair and National Apprenticeship workshop. All students will be supported with their UCAS, Apprenticeship and Employment applications and CV writing. Individual careers advice interviews are available for all Year 12 students on request.