The Work Related Learning / Careers provision at St Gregory’s enables students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare them effectively for the transition from school in to the world of work/adult life.
Every student at St Gregory’s is given the opportunity to explore and learn about their personal strengths and weaknesses and develop the skills needed to pursue their future plans. This is delivered in a wide variety of subject areas as well as an integral part of the PSHE provision in the school.
This is further facilitated by a range of specific activities at each key stage of a student’s school career.
- KS 3. Subject choices at 13+ GCSE/Vocational
- KS 4. Post 16 options A Level/Further Education/Employment/Apprenticeships
- KS 5. Post 18 options Further /Higher Education/UCAS/Employment
Support and guidance is further enhanced by the local Connexions service who provide St Gregory’s with a Personal Adviser who is based in the school 1 day a week. The Connexions adviser is available during normal school hours and each student in KS 4 and KS 5 is given the opportunity to have a one to one interview. They also provide group sessions with students at KS 3 and support and guidance in preparation for the process of choosing subjects at KS4. The Connexions adviser is able to provide confidential, impartial information and advice in order to enable each student to make informed decisions about their future career path.
Students at St Gregory’s also have the opportunity to take part in a number of Work Related Learning / Careers activities at KS 4 which include preparation of CVs / Letters of Application and Mock Interviews. Enterprise activities also form an integral part of the KS 4 curriculum and are organised in conjunction with local business enterprise providers and the local Education Business Partnership with which the school has active links throughout the academic year.
KS5 students are also prepared for the transition into higher education with the help of an independent Higher Education Consultant. Advice and guidance is provided during the summer term of year 12 to enable students to successfully complete the process of applying to university via UCAS. This is further enhanced with planned visits to local universities with which the school has active links. An annual university day is held in school with visiting speakers providing information and facilitating workshops in a wide variety of topics related to life at university. Students are also encouraged to attend higher education workshops in a variety of specialist subjects such as medicine, law and finance.
Students who are studying vocational qualifications are given the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience in the summer term of year 12.
The school also has a range of resources which are available to students in the careers room, school library and sixth form study area.
Students and parents can access other valuable information by using the following website links:
Website dedicated to all aspects of Higher Education.
University courses - information and entry requirements.
National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
750 different job profiles including description of work, salary and qualifications required.
Apprenticeships and Courses.
Advice on CV writing, covering letters, application forms and interviews.
Play the game to discover careers that match your personality, interests and skills.
Information on apprenticeships and training providers, both locally and nationally.
Advice on colleges, apprenticeships and training specific to Brent and surrounding areas.
Job profiles – what careers your subjects can lead to.
Advice on CV writing, covering letters, application forms and interviews
I Could http://www.icould.com/
Careers videos & advice
Further advice links to apprenticeships & training