Careers Provision at BWS

Planning for the future is a key part of education at BWS, with a comprehensive careers programme enabling students to find out about all options including higher, further and technical education and apprenticeships. This is fully supported by access to a qualified guidance professional throughout the school year ensuring that students receive expert advice at the time that they want it. To discuss any aspect of careers provision including provider access within school, please contact Mrs Sally Armstrong at careers@bws.wilts.sch.uk or call the main school number.


Careers Team


Mrs Sally Armstrong MA QCG RCDP
Careers Leader and Independent Careers Adviser
saa@bws.wilts.sch.uk

Sally Armstrong is responsible for the leadership and management of careers delivery at BWS. She is a fully qualified, experienced, careers adviser and has worked in schools across the region. She has an MA in Educational and Vocational Guidance, the Qualification in Careers Guidance and is a registered careers professional with the Careers Development Institute.

Careers Programme

The BWS Careers Programme begins with an Introduction and Overview in Year 7 and each year becomes more detailed with activities and employer engagement. In the Middle School students are supported at their first key transition point with information and advice, and guidance interviews as needed. In Years 10 and 11 students engage in a carousel programme of 8 weekly sessions. Year 10 students visit the Future Choices event at the City Hall to investigate opportunities with post -16 education and training providers plus employers and Higher Education institutions looking further into the future. All students in Year 11 receive a guidance interview.

The Sixth Form Careers Education provision covers all post -18 options. BWS hosts the largest HE and Careers Convention in the region each year outside UCAS. Universities and Colleges, employers, training providers and voluntary organisations are in attendance, with a series of seminars for students on Higher Education. Further information on apprenticeships and school leaver programmes is made available at our Business 2 Bishop’s (B2B) event which looks in more depth at the range of training opportunities available. Sixth Form Students are able to arrange guidance interviews at any point during Years 12 and 13.

Parents

Throughout their time at BWS, parents/carers are invited into school at significant transition points to find out about their son’s options. In addition, you are welcome to contact Mrs Armstrong if you have any questions relating to careers matters at Bishop’s.

Employers

Bishop’s enjoys considerable input from local and national employers which is invaluable and we are very grateful for all the support we receive. Each February we host a large Higher Education and Careers event and Apprenticeship workshops; if you would like to become involved in these or in any other way in school please contact Mrs Armstrong for further information.

Measuring and Assessing the Impact of our Careers Programme

  • Destination measures
  • Student, parent and staff voice
  • Employer feedback
  • Visiting partners
  • Website analytics

Careers Policy

The Bishop Wordsworth’s Careers Policy can be accessed here


Useful Documents and Links

The following pages contain information and links on post 14, post 16 and post 18 options for students and some key links for parents.

Labour Market Information in the South West and other areas of the UK

Gatsby Benchmarks

Information about the Gatsby Benchmarks that inform careers provision in schools.

UCAS

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service which manages most university applications in the UK.

SACU Spartan Test

A useful test producing ideas for careers, apprenticeships and courses.

E_Clips

BWS careers information subscription - email Mrs Stoneham for the password.

Degree Course Descriptions

BWS Higher Education subject information subscription - email Mrs Stoneham for the password.

Higher Ideas

BWS Higher Education information subscription - email Mrs Stoneham for the password.

Get In Go Far

Information about Apprenticeships

Tech Future Careers

Information about the exciting roles available in the technology sector

iCould

General careers site with job information, videos plus advice on career options and the world of work

Student Finance guide for Parents