Careers Provision at BWS

Planning for the future is a significant 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 for all Year groups ensuring that students receive expert advice at the time that they want it. Our provision is fully aligned to current statutory guidance from the Government and we are implementing the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

To discuss any aspect of careers provision including provider access within school, please contact Mrs Sally Armstrong at saa@bishopwordsworths.org.uk or call the main school number.


Careers Leader


Mrs Sally Armstrong MA QCG RCDP
Careers Leader & Adviser
saa@bishopwordsworths.org.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, the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Leadership 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 throughout. 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 7 weekly sessions.  Students in Year 11 can arrange a guidance interview to ensure they are making informed decisions about their next steps.

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, apprenticeship providers and voluntary organisations are in attendance, with a series of seminars for students on Higher Education. Information on apprenticeships and school leaver programmes is available with an opportunity to talk with alumni who have successfully chosen this route.  Available opportunities are promoted throughout the year on Teams and Instagram (@bwscareers) and support is offered to assist with CV writing, application and preparation for interviews as needed. Sixth Form Students are able to arrange guidance interviews at any point during Years 12 and 13.

For questions regarding the programme please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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 at any time if you have 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 Sally 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.

Careerpilot

A comprehensive careers site which we utilise in school for the careers education programme with information and links for each academic Year group

SACU Careers Test

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

E-Clips

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

Apprenticeships

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

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