Woodlands’ Careers Provision
At Woodlands we place a strong emphasis on ensuring that all of our students leave us with a secure post 16 plan.
Our extensive careers programme ensures that all students have careers education delivered through our tutor time PSHE programme throughout the year, alongside a range of exciting careers- based events. Please see our PSHE and careers overview on the website for more information relating to the variety of topics they will cover.
Every year 11 student has an academic mentor which works closely with you and your child to ensure that your child makes a sensible and well informed decision about their post 16 plan.
The school also has a Careers Advisor, who works in school one day a week. By the end of the academic year, all year 11 students will have had the opportunity to meet with her to discuss their post 16 plan. Students are able to see her as many times as they wish.
However, the Careers Advisor isn’t just here to support year 11 pupils. They hold break and lunchtime drop-ins for all students. They are encouraged to come and see her without appointment.
Every November, we hold a Careers Evening which is aimed at years 9-11, where a range of colleges, businesses and apprenticeship providers attend to provide a range of information about the courses and work that they offer.
We are also excited to announce the first ever year 11 ‘Steps to Success’ evening which will run alongside our year 11 parents evening in January 2019. During this evening, we will be joined by a range of local colleges and the Yellow Door charity who will be offering support relating to post 16 choices and a helpful strategies relating to Mental Health, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress and low and high stakes testing.
All year 10 students will participate in a mock interview with external business men and women, as well as experience a 2-week work experience placement in June 2019. They will also be invited to Solomon theatre’s ‘Choices’ performance which aims to demonstrate the tangible benefits of staying in a form of education until 18 years old and exploring a career pathway.
Our year 9 cohort will experience the wonderful ‘Get Inspired Southampton’ event; An interactive event designed to give students an interactive, hands-on experience to increase their awareness and knowledge about possible careers and their future choices. Aimed at 10 – 18 year olds, the event will host over 50 exhibitors from local businesses showcasing the careers available in this area.
All year groups will have 2 sessions throughout the year with Barclays Lifeskills. These sessions will be approximately 2 hours long and will focus on a variety of different areas such as Exploring Personal Strengths for Employment, Recognising your Money Personality and Creativity and Ideas Generation.
Our Careers provision is measured against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the impact is evaluated on a half-termly basis through pupil evaluations and measured through a post-16 tracking system.
Below is a taster of the colleges, businesses and motivational speakers that we worked with so far this academic year:
- 3AAA Apprenticeships
- Barclays Lifeskills
- Barton Peveril College
- Bitterne Park Sixth Form College
- City College
- Co-op Funeral Care
- Eastleigh College
- Fareham College
- Itchen College
- Peter Symmonds College
- Richard Taunton College
- Rolls Royce Motor Cars
- Royal Navy and Royal Marines Careers Service
- Saints Foundation
- Silver Trowel
- Soccer Awareness (Learning through Sport)
- Solent University
- Solomon Theatre Company
- SUN Project
- Totton College
- University of Southampton