Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
Raynes Park High School is committed to gaining the Quality in Careers Standard. Our aim is to provide an outstanding programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance activities that satisfy national requirements and provide guidance which enables us to address the career development needs of all our students.
Careers Department Staff
- Ms B Brake - Careers Leader
- Ms D Wilson-Boyle - Careers Administrator
- Mr D Ryde - Independent Careers Advisor
Careers Education is delivered to all year groups through Learning for Life lessons, assemblies, drop down days and in relevant subject areas and is based on the Career Development Institute’s Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education.
Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
Face-to-face guidance interviews
All students in Year 10 will work with our independent careers adviser who is in school once a week. All students will then receive a follow-up interview later in the year following which a written action plan will be produced and shared with the student, their parents and their tutor. Parents are encouraged to take note of the action points so that they can support their child in reaching their goals.
Ms Brake, the Careers Leader, is also fully-qualified to give careers guidance and is available for drop-in guidance to all year groups on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Sixth Form Building.
Appointments with Mr Ryde and Ms Brake are also available at Year 9-13 parent evenings.
All students can access Start which is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability. Start includes:
A student profile: students build their profile of interests and skills and access personalised study and career information.
Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time.
Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.
Students are introduced to Start in their Learning for Life lessons in Year 8 but any student can register at www.startprofile.com with the registration code 31850.
Opportunities such as open days and apprenticeship vacancies are shared to students via their tutors and noticeboards. We also have a full range of careers resources in sixth form study.
Suggested Online Resources:
Create a profile and receive suggested career ideas that match your interests and skills. Explore the different pathways into a career and where to study relevant courses. Includes up-to-date labour market information about how many jobs of this type are available in our region.
Watch real people talk about their jobs. Explore careers by subject to see where your favourite subject could take you. Includes up-to-date labour market information.
Really useful tool to find which local colleges and sixth forms offer the course you are looking for after GCSEs. Raynes Park Sixth Form is included!
Has a wealth of information regarding Post-16 options (Further Education) and University (Undergraduate). Go to https://digital.ucas.com/search to search for courses or simply browse the articles about choosing a course, student finance and many more.
Employer and Alumni Speakers
Throughout the year we invite visitors from the world of work to speak in assemblies, lessons or drop down days to give students an insight into the opportunities available in the current labour market. We are always happy to hear from parents or former students who feel they could offer students some information and advice!
In July, we host our annual careers and opportunities fair which is aimed at Year 10 and Year 12. Approximately, 40 representatives from employment, further and higher education or apprenticeship providers are involved and students have the opportunity to ask questions about careers or pathways they are interested in. This event is a great opportunity for alumni and parents to get involved.
All students in Year 10 will visit a workplace as part of the curriculum and also have the option to complete one week of work experience in the summer term. These experiences aim to develop a greater understanding of the world of work and identify the links between the skills used and developed in school, and those necessary in the workplace. Following the week’s placement, students are given opportunities to reflect and evaluate their own experience and development.
All students in Year 12 will complete a week of work experience at the end of the summer term. They will receive support in writing a CV, a covering letter and contacting employers.
Want to speak to an adviser?
Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat to speak to one of the National Careers Service advisers.
8am to 10pm, 7 days a week