Key Stage 3 & 4

Careers at Richmond School

Years 7 & 8

In Year 7 and Year 8 students have careers education, which helps to provide them with access to information and advice from an early age. Students discuss the world of work, the types of careers available and how careers link to education. This work enables them to be able to make better informed decisions. It also helps to raise aspirations and improve motivation for learning. Students are encouraged to take part in enterprise opportunities to help develop key skills such as creativity and leadership.

Year 9

In Year 9 students have further careers education. Students spend time carrying out careers research which includes use of the online careers software, for example “MyCareersRoom” (Probe Online) careers matching software which assesses interests, attitudes and motivations. It will suggest careers and courses based on student answers.

Year 10

Students in Year 10 have careers education to develop their understanding of the world of work and be able to apply their learning to help them plan ahead for future decision-making.

Preparation for Working Life

In Life Skills students study for the "Preparation for Working Life" qualification. This is assessed through examination and coursework. It covers key areas such as the changing world of work, economic and financial aspects of life, employment opportunities, Health and Safety at Work and enterprise activities. As part of their coursework all students develop a CV, a letter of application and notes for preparation for an interview.

      

Work Experience

All Year 10 students have the opportunity to be involved in our Work Experience programme, this takes place each June and July. Students are able to attend work experience in a business in North Yorkshire (and occasionally further afield). This is run in partnership with the North Yorkshire Business Education Partnership (NYBEP).

We have fantastic relationships with local businesses and the work experience programme is extremely important to the school and to our students. Examples of the types of business that have offered placement in the past are local primary schools, construction companies, theatres, dentists, supermarkets, nurseries, leisure centres and plumbers. Where possible we aim to match students to their choice of placement and this is done through the NYBEP online matching system. All our placements are assessed for health and safety in partnership with NYBEP.

Year 11

Richmond School is committed to providing all students with impartial careers information, advice and guidance to enable students to make the right choices for their futures. Students in Year 11 have careers education in Life Skills, this helps them to make decisions about the next steps in their education and careers post-16.

Students also have the opportunity for face-to-face careers interviews with one of our Careers Advisers. Where students require more practical support with college applications this is provided through our Y11 Student Mentors, for example our partnership with Prospects.

Students also take time to carry out a self-assessment using the online careers software for example Fast Tomato and e-clips.

     

Other support that is available includes use of Morrisby.com software which is designed to offer comprehensive and accurate information about an individual. It focuses not only on their interests, motivations and the subjects they are studying, but most importantly on their strengths and potential.

Further Education and Apprenticeships

We work closely with a range of other education and training providers who offer technical education qualifications or apprenticeships to keep students fully informed of their options.  Students have presentations about different local colleges and are able to assess the provision for academic and vocational courses in the area. We also organise trips to local further education colleges, taster events, application workshops and mock interviews for students.

Careers Events

Year 11 students have the opportunity to visit the Richmond Sixth Form “Future Inspirations” event each March where a number of universities and apprenticeship providers attend.

Student can also attend external careers events, for example the Skills North East Event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle or the UK University & Apprenticeship Search Fair in Manchester.

Raising Aspirations

We also work in partnership with higher education providers, for example Newcastle University and The University of York who offer visits and workshops.

    

National Careers Week

Each year in March, National Careers Week is “Theme of the Week” for all year groups and there are careers assemblies and guest speakers from local businesses talking about apprenticeships.

Labour Market Information

Richmond School and Sixth Form College is committed to ensuring that all students, parents and carers have access to good quality information about the labour market and future opportunities. The web link below provides an overview for North Yorkshire and also national trends.

Link to labour market in North Yorkshire:

https://careersyandh.co.uk/Inspiringyandh/iyh_pages/york_and_north_yorkshire/14

   

If you would like more information about any aspect of careers support at Richmond School and Sixth Form College please contact Ms Mannion - EMannion@richmondschool.net.