At Wykham Park Academy, our careers programme is designed for all students from year 7 to year 13. We believe that good career advice and guidance will help students to make informed and realistic decisions about their future and will help them focus and enjoy their lessons in the present. We aim to develop every student’s awareness of the qualifications and the skills needed for a successful entry into their chosen career. We are immensely proud to meet the Gatsby 8 Career Benchmarks from KS3 to Post 16.
Wykham Park Academy has a stable and structured career programme delivered throughout the year in all Key Stages through the weekly mentor programme and assemblies. The fortnightly PiXL Edge programme ensures that key skills for employability are developed gradually (please refer to the PiXL Edge webpage). Drop Down days also play a crucial part in ensuring that students are provided with quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. Students have different career guidance at different stages depending on their age and their needs. Our link to Space Studio Banbury allows our students to learn how the different STEM subjects help to gain entry to a wide range of careers as well as raising students aspirations and tacking stereotypes.
Gatsby Benchmark descriptions and The Aspiration Campus Provision
Career Guidance in Drop Down Days per year groups:
- Introduction to University
- Raising Aspirations
- Space Studio experience (STEM)
- Decisions workshop and College market
- Mini AEP introduction to Space Studio Banbury
- Employability workshop
- Visit to Microsoft
- Oxford Brookes University, Reading University
- Career opportunities in the Banbury area
- Human library/taster jobs
- Mock interviews
- Work experience opportunity
- Skills for the future. Employability
- CV writing and Personal Statements
- Introduction into Sixth Form
- NCS Summer opportunities
In addition to the various programmes in place, students at KS4 also experience regular encounters with employers and employees and visiting speakers. We also aim to invite selected groups of students to visit universities and attend workshops as opportunities arise or when a need is identified by the students, the parents or the school.
“Pupils appreciate the independent careers advice that they receive across the school. They particularly like the wide range of outside speakers who visit the school.” Ofsted Report May 2018
Furthermore, every student at key stage 4 is given personal guidance for career interviews by our external providers Adviza. During these interviews, the career adviser discusses the students’ ambitions and helps them explore the progress they are making to achieve their goal. At Wykham Park Academy, we believe that having one-to-one guidance interviews with an external provider is very positive and allows all students to have an intended destination or receive extra support.
Useful link: https://www.adviza.org.uk/