Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
Careers education and guidance at Bourne Grammar School is carried out through a combination of the PHSE programme, individual meetings, careers and post-18 preparation days, external careers guidance support and a lecture programme. We aim, through this CEIAG programme, to prepare our students for the responsibilities and opportunities that they will encounter in life and to aid them in making the right decisions for their futures.
Students complete a careers booklet, starting in Year 9, which travels through the School with them. The booklet is re-visited regularly, allowing students to plan and track their career ideas across the years.
We also hold a large Higher Education and Careers Fair biennially for Years 10-13.
Students all work on their own Career Tree, looking at what their parents and grandparents do/did in order to explore careers and ‘job families’. Year 8 also cover the topic ‘Positive Contribution’ in their PHSE sessions.
Students cover the topic ‘Planning for the Future’ in their PHSE sessions. Students also explore their own skills and interests using the online KUDOS programme and are encouraged to find out about what is really involved in a whole range of employment areas. Students are guided through the GCSE options process and are encouraged to explore their own learning styles and how these relate to the options available to them. The Year 9 Options Evening is supported by our Careers Manager.
Students cover ‘Education and Careers’ in their PHSE sessions, including looking at higher education options. In the spring they will complete a ‘My 10 Years’ exercise which will help them with planning for their futures. In the summer term students are registered onto the National Careers Service website where they start to complete CVs which will help them as they start to seek part-time work.
We start the year with a ‘Subject Matters’ talk given by a leading university, which covers subject choices and combinations at A Level. This is followed by our 6th Form Open Evening and an opportunity to see our Careers Manager on a one-to-one basis following the GCSE mocks. Any students who are deemed to need additional advice will be referred, by the School, to an external and independent Careers Adviser.
Students are supported by an on-going programme of visiting speakers throughout Year 12. Under the CEIAG heading these include: planning for the future, personal presentation, applying to university, what employers are looking for, budgeting and university finance. Following AS Level examinations the students attend a Post-18 Day in school where we begin to look at personal statements, the UCAS process, employability skills and apprenticeships. We also hold a UCAS process and Finance for University presentation evening for parents. If required, students will be referred, by the School, to an external and independent Careers Adviser.
Students are well prepared for the UCAS process and receive individual help with the application form and personal statements. Once offers start to come through we also help students in the final decision making process. The Sixth Form team is also on-hand on results day and afterwards to assist students with clearing and adjustment.
Help and advice is also offered throughout the Sixth Form with alternatives to university and information on apprenticeships, school leaver programmes and gap year opportunities is always available. Courses and 'taster sessions' are advertised by e-mail throughout the year to provide students with an insight into careers, professions and undergraduate courses. Mock interviews are provided when requested and past students are occasionally invited back to give advice to current Sixth Formers.