Careers

Careers Information for:

An Overview

At The Quay School we are committed to providing all our students with a comprehensive programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and Work Related Learning (WRL).

The main purpose of CEIAG is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in a range of activities that will contribute to their knowledge and understanding of the world of work and the training and education pathways suitable for students’ individual needs. The Quay School is committed to not just fulfilling its statutory requirements in this area but also to helping students to recognise and overcome barriers to enable to make a successful transition into post-16 options. The school recognises that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is not a suitable delivery method and aims to provide individually tailored support and guidance to meet the diverse range of needs our students have.  The support offered by The Quay School does not end once a student leaves us, but is continued on to ensure a smooth transition onto their chosen pathway.

All students at the Quay School take part in a CEIAG programme that is designed to prepare students for the transition to the next stage of education or employment through:

  • Raising student aspirations
  • Offering a range of courses that are appropriate to the needs of our students
  • Building strong connections with employers
  • Improving understanding of the world of work
  • Ensuring appropriate, comprehensive and impartial face-to-face provision and guidance through an independent adviser.
  • Empowering students to plan and manage their own futures
  • Actively promoting equality and challenging gender stereotypes
  • Successful supported transition to the next stage of education and employment

The Quay School delivers Careers and Enterprise Education through a cross-curricular approach. Our careers programme is designed in line with Gatsby Benchmarks and builds on our Careers Education Policy.

Key Stage 3

All students will have the opportunity to:

  • meaningfully experience careers learning as part of core lessons
  • access and utilise the KUDOS careers development tool
  • undertake careers research
  • identify and develop skills required in the workplace
  • access local labour market information and use it the help inform their decisions
  • meet with an Ansbury representative, on an individual basis, for an initial introduction to the face to face independent and impartial careers guidance on offer
  • Explore and choose key stage 4 options
  • have at least one meaningful encounter with an employer each academic year

Key Stage 4
All students will have the opportunity to:

  • meaningfully experience careers learning as part of core lessons
  • access and utilise the KUDOS careers development tool
  • undertake careers research
  • identify and develop skills required in the workplace
  • access local labour market information and use it the help inform their decisions
  • attend a local careers and apprenticeship show
  • produce a CV and personal statement
  • develop interview skills and take part in mock interviews
  • complete an application form for their chosen Higher Education provider/apprenticeship provider
  • meet with an Ansbury representative, on an individual basis, for face to face independent and impartial careers guidance
  • complete a minimum of one week of Work Experience during year 10.
  • create a personalised action plan during Year 11 pupil (Individual learning Plan) ) which helps students to make considered decisions in regard to future choices and prepares them for transition to Further Education or employment with training.
  • have at least one meaningful encounter with an employer each academic year
  • have at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.
  • have at least one meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers.
  • meet with learning support at their chosen Higher Education provider

To ensure that we are offering our students the highest quality careers education possible, we are working toward the Gatsby Benchmarks. We are also a member of the Dorset Careers and Enterprise Company Partnership (including working with Enterprise Advisors) and are one of the named schools in the Dorset LEP careers hub.

CEIAG is currently led by Nicky Sheldrake and supported by Amy Raymond (Ansbury):

n.sheldrake@thequayschool.com

a.raymond@thequayschool.com

Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and Work Related Learning (WRL) Policy can be found here:

CEIAG and WRL Policy