At St Edward's, careers education is set in the context of vocations; and we aim to help every child reflect on their unique calling - how they will use their God-given gifts and talents to live life to the full. We believe that our school should do far more than merely prepare students for examinations, and we seek to form well-rounded individuals, who know themselves and their own strengths and areas for development. We also aim to support parents and carers in advising and supporting their child.
Our careers programme begins in Year 7, and students will spend time considering "Who am I?"; and start to consider their own vocation. We offer a young enterprise day which gives students the opportunity to practice and develop a range of skills useful for life ahead.
Year 8 and 9
In Years 8 and 9 students will experience 'The Real Game' where they will practice decision making skills and develop insights into managing budgets and prioritising. Throughout this time, careers education is provided through our PSHE programme. In Year 9 students will be supported in making choices for their GCSE studies, supported through our options process, in which we equip students and their parents and carers with information about programmes of study, and where they can take you.
Year 10 students are given additional opportunities to practice interview skills with the Rotary Club and local business leaders, and will be prepared for a work experience placement in the summer term.
Through Year 11 students will be prioritised for careers interviews, and will also have a 1 to 1 destination interview with senior members of staff. Our sixth form open evening will show the wide range of opportunities at St Edward's for post-16 learning. We also provide information on other local opportunities and apprenticeships.
In the Sixth Form we provide a range of information and support for UCAS and other higher education routes, together with support for those who plan to enter the world of work when they leave our sixth form.
We employ Ansbury as independent careers advisers, and in addition to providing 1 to 1 and group careers advice and guidance, their service offers live online careers support for students, parents and carers that can be accessed from home at no cost to families.
We have a proud record going back for many years ensuring that none of our students leave us unsure about their next steps. All of our students progress to Higher Education, training or employment.