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Key Stage 3

Before joining us in Year 9, all students from our main feeder schools are visited to receive advise about choosing their Year 9 courses. After this they attend three days of transition activities during the summer term of Year 8. During this time all students will complete a comprehensive ‘careers interest survey’ which allows the careers team to have an insight into their current thoughts and knowledge in many areas related to their future options. This allows the Careers Leader to ensure the careers programme is fit for purpose and relevant to all students.

By the end of Key Stage 3, all students will have:

  • A better understanding of the full range of 14-19 opportunities for progression.

  • A better understanding of their strengths and areas for development, and support to evaluate how these might inform future choices in learning and work.

  • An understanding of some of the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employability.

  • Used online careers resources to research information about opportunities and apply their findings to help to make informed choices for Key Stage 4 Options.

  • Received appropriate advice and guidance on Key Stage 4 options, and prepared an individual learning plan that sets broad learning goals for the 14-19 phase.

In order to achieve the above outcomes, all Year 9 students will follow a programme of careers activities as follows:

Autumn Term

  • Careers Hub induction

  • Assembly – Unifrog launch, student entitlement, overview of careers programme and opportunities to develop skills

  • Careers Convention – employers, universities, further education and training providers all represented.

Spring Term

  • PSHE Programme – a 12-week programme in spring term

  • Year 9 'World of Work' day

  • 1:1 careers guidance appointment for target pupils with a focus on Year 10 GCSE Options (other students can request an appointment)             

  • Parents Evening - careers appointments available                           

  • Year 10 GCSE Options Evening - subject choice talk

  • National Apprenticeship Week - assembly/activities            

  • National Careers Week - events / activities

  • Big Bang Fair Trip – focus on STEM careers

  • Year 9 Interview Challenge

  • Careers lectures series – delivered throughout Spring term.

Summer Term


  • University Visits   

Full information about the Year 10 GCSE options process, including a timeline of events can be found in the Year 10 Options Booklet available here:

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