At Whitecross we do not just prepare students for exams, we prepare them for life. Careers Education at Whitecross is consistently rated as one of the best features of school provision in student and parent surveys and year after year we help guide students onto a successful future post-Whitecross.

Our Careers Team enables students to make important decisions concerning their future. The Careers Education Guidance and Vocational Manager works in conjunction with our Learning Coach and Learning Advisors guiding and enabling students to make informed choices about their future. Learning Advisors meet with students during each year to support their life at school. Careers planning is a key aspect of this work.

Year 8 students take part in a flexible learning project entitled “Where am I going”. They research potential career paths and consider their own skills and interests. We also offer a trip to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford to raise aspirations for students at this influential age.

Year 9 students are supported with their options choices through a structured programme of lessons delivered through PSHE. This explains the options process and they consider their next step. Students are encouraged to use the National Careers Service and specialist software.  At their Options Evening, students meet with Subject Teachers to help steer them in their choices. Some students will opt for a package which includes experience in the workplace alongside more traditional qualifications.

Year 10 students have 2 days devoted to careers planning together with visits to local colleges, training associations and Universities to get a taste of life post 16 including summer school opportunities at the University of Birmingham.

Year 11 students write their CV’s, complete application forms and attend mock interviews in school.  Local colleges attend assemblies and are available to answer student’s queries. Students are encouraged to attend taster events at colleges.

Our Careers Convention in February is a fantastic opportunity for Years 9, 10 and 11 to meet employers, representatives from the Armed Forces, Training Associations, Colleges of Further and Higher Education and Universities. Our strong links with local businesses and other organisations mean that students have a clear idea of the range of possibilities for them when they leave compulsory full time education and get the best possible advice and guidance.  Local employers regularly comment on the quality of communication and clarity of purpose of our students as they prepare to leave us.

Useful links for independent careers advice

Useful links for post 16 opportunities