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 in Year 9 when students make their option choices. 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. The aim of this is to give them more information about careers so they can relate this to the option choices that they make for GCSE subjects. Students spend time with their Tutors carrying out careers research which includes use of the online careers software, for example Fast Tomato. Fast Tomato is careers matching software which assesses interests, attitudes and motivations. It will suggest careers and courses based on student answers. For Year 9 students it helps to prepare for decisions around their options. Where possible students take part in enterprise opportunities such as the "Coca Cola Challenge" - a national enterprise competition. This helps students to work together in small groups and develop organisational and team working skills while working to a tight deadline.

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 have presentations about different local colleges and are able to assess the provision for academic and vocational courses in the local area. We also have visiting speakers from the armed forces and companies offering apprenticeships.

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 Thirsk Clock.

Students also take time to carry out a self assessment using the online careers software such as Fast Tomato, Higher Ideas and

Other support that is available includes use of 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. We also work with the “Career Crowd” initiative through the National Careers Service. Students explore Post-16 Options and look at further and higher education and apprenticeships.

Raising Aspirations

We also work in partnership with local universities including Newcastle and Northumbria who offer visits and workshops.

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

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 and this document provides an overview for North Yorkshire and also national trends.

For further information please contact Ms Mannion, Manager, Careers and Employability

Labour Market Information Report - York and North Yorkshire.