Careers education is provided for pupils at every level of the Senior School.
In Years 7 & 8 students begin developing an understanding of the world of work and consider different career areas. They also look at personal finance including saving, spending, budgeting and risks and consequences in making financial decisions.
During Year 9 students begin to consider their future options. This particularly focuses on their choice of GCSEs and possible career paths. Students use the Fast Tomato online guidance tool to learn about different types of employment and to understand how their strengths, attributes and interests might link to different career pathways.
In Year 10, lessons focus on the skills needed to succeed in employment. Students begin crafting CVs and are taught vital presentation and networking skills. Pupils have a chance to put these skills into action at the annual Networking Event which gives pupils in Years 10-13 an opportunity to meet with and learn from established professionals and hopefully make some contacts for the future.
Year 11 students take The Cambridge Profile Aptitude Test; a psychometric assessment that provides further informed and neutral guidance on possible A level options and future career paths.
As a school, we recognise that employers today are looking not only for academic results but also evidence of other skills such as critical thinking, oracy, leadership and teamwork. We offer a wide range of curricular and enrichment sessions which help pupils hone these in-demand skills.
- Duke of Edinburgh Awards: Pupils begin with the Bronze Award in Year 9 and then progress through Silver and Gold in the following years.
- School Debating Club & Churchill Public Speaking Competition
- T20 Programme: A series of university-style lectures and tutorials focusing on theory of knowledge, current affairs and discursive skills
- Work Experience Programme (Year 11): In partnership with the Medway Education Business Partnership
- An unrivalled co-curricular programme for all students