Careers Education & Guidance
At Dormston School we are committed to providing a comprehensive planned programme of careers education for all students in Years 7-11 and information, advice and guidance in partnership with the local authority and external providers/professionals. We are committed to ensuring our students emerge from school with knowledge and character attributes to make informed and realistic decisions whilst maintaining high aspirations.
Current provision includes:
- Careers Fairs
- PSHE Sessions
- Guest Speakers
- Tutor Sessions
- Work Experience
- One to one Independent Careers Interview
- Visits to Further and Higher Education Establishments
- Visits to Employers
- Morrisby Profiling
- Celebration of National Careers Week
Links are being constantly maintained and developed further with local Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms and Universities. The school has developed a good working relationship with Cambridge University (Girton College) and Oxford University (Oriel College). We also work closely with Dudley EBP, The Black Country LEP and The Youth Education and Training Initiative (YETI). Local training providers, employers, Armed Forces, the NHS Trust and the community sector also contribute to the careers programme.
Please refer to our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy (CEIAG) for more details.
Careers in Year 7 & 8
In years 7 and 8 we concentrate on making pupils aware of the options that will be available to them as they go through the school and build up their skills. To help build these ‘soft skills’ we encourage pupils to join some of the many extra-curricular activities on offer at Dormston.
We hold a Year 7 University Aspiration Day which is hosted by both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Careers in Year 9
The school gives students information about subject choices, and also holds an Options Evening event. It is important to choose subjects they find enjoyable, but also to keep a good balance. Independent careers advice is available to both students and parents at this event and in school.
Year 9 students also experience a ‘taster day’ at a local college.
Careers in Year 10
All Year 10 students spend a week on a work placement at the end of the summer term. Each student is responsible for organising their own placement. This is a key opportunity for students to experience life in the workplace, learn new skills and find out about the type of career that will suit them in the future.
PSHE sessions prepare pupils on researching Post 16 options and careers and include talks from local employers, colleges and other external providers. Pupils are given support and guidance in preparing their CV, personal statements and interviews.
Selected/targeted pupils get the opportunity to visit a top university. Recent visits have been to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Careers in Year 11
Year 11 is a crucial year for students as they prepare for GCSEs and apply for post-16 places.
At the beginning of Year 11 we hold our Post 16 Evening which is attended by local colleges, universities, employers and training providers. This gives our students direct access to ask any questions they may have regarding their Post 16 courses/choices. Pupils are supported through the application process.
We also hold an Apprenticeship Workshop for students opting for this route.
One to one independent careers advice is also available for all Year 11 students.