Castle Hill School has once again been awarded the Gold standard for CEIAG- Careers Education, Independent Advice and Guidance in January 2017 by keeping our Level 3 status.
We have held this quality mark for the standard of our Careers provision since 2013.
Thank you to all the parents, carers, staff, governors, employers and working partners who continue to support our students.
Further details of the aims of the CIAG Award can be found here: CIAG
Julie Jones is the school's named Careers Leader and her email contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesley Millican is the school's Independent Careers Advisor and her contact details are: email@example.com Tel: 0161 2181337. Lesley provides high quality service which has been awarded the Matrix Quality Standard.
The Government's careers strategy aims to make sure that all young people in secondary education get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.
At Castle Hill we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to measure the quality of our provision. A link to these and our benchmarking results to date can be seen by clicking on the following links:
A stable careers programme
In Key Stage 3 careers forms part of the PSHCE and pupil voice programme of study. In Key Stage 4 we have one careers lesson a week and a pupil voice programme of study. AQA work related PHSE units form the basis of our lessons. Work experience, encounters with employers, employees and higher education providers, interview technique, CV writing, personal research in individual areas of interest and post 16-18 opportunities/pathways build our effective careers programme. For students accessing an alternative curriculum within school, careers units of work are provided and work experience is offered when it is deemed appropriate.
Learning from career and labour market information
In lessons we use specific careers software programmes and government websites to gather up-to-date information and learn about and explore live job, college and apprenticeship opportunities. We also provide Post 16 and Post 18 events where providers inform parents and students with quality information about future study options. The Education and Careers Advice Service work with students and parents to complete and track Post 16 and Post 18 applications.
Addressing the needs of each student
Students have different amounts career guidance at different stages of their time with us. Opportunities for advice and support are tailored to the needs of each student and our careers programme promotes and supports equality and diversity considerations throughout.
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Posters linking curriculum learning with careers are displayed throughout school. All subject teachers are keen to highlight the relevance of their subjects for future career paths and suggested career pathways are mentioned within our Key Stage 4 Qualifcations Booklet for students and parents.
Encounters with employers and employees
At Castle Hill we invite employers and employees into school to deliver workshops and talks to our students. We also take students into a variety of workplaces and careers events to meet employers and employees. Enterprise activities are also embedded into our Key Stage 3 curriculum and our Vocational curriculum in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.
We invite past students to talk to our current students about moving on, careers choices and life experiences since leaving Castle Hill.
Experience of workplaces
At Castle Hill we have a work experience programme that starts in Year 11 and continues into our 6th Form. This builds in terms of time and variety of experiences over the three years.
Encounters with further and higher education
Our careers programme is designed to ensure that all students understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
This is provided in school by The Education and Careers Advice Service.
The following links also provide useful sources of independent advice:
The following document gives the destinations of our Summer 2018 Year 11 and Year 13 leavers.
To exemplify the quality of our work experience programme the following document summarises the work experience placements followed by last year's Year 13 students from 2015-2018:
Can you help?
If any parents, friends or employers are willing to give up 30 minutes of their time to talk to a group of students or deliver a workshop based on their career or profession we'd love to hear from them.
If you are able to offer a young person in Year 11 a week's work experience or a Sixth Form student a weekly work placement one day a week please contact Mrs Jones directly.
We really do appreciate the support of parents, carers and employers who are already doing this for us and we are always looking for quality work placements for our students.
If you have any questions about our careers guidance programme please contact Julie Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Careers Policy, which is reviewed annually, can be viewed here: Careers Policy
Our Careers Access Policy can be viewed here: Careers Access Policy
Routes into Work Guide This guide provides information about options for young people with SEND to help them move into paid employment.