Career Guidance and Work Guidance
At Bishop Douglass, we want every young person, irrespective, to be able to secure and build a rewarding career. We know that this begins with ensuring that our students achieve highly in their studies, but it also means raising their aspirations and making sure that they make the most the opportunities that are available to them. We live in a fast-changing economy with a labour market that continues to evolve, and we need to respond to these changes on a regular basis. We have to ensure that all students are aware of the realities of working life and are fully prepared for a dynamic world economy.
- To ensure that our young people are well informed about the choices available to them, enable.
- To provide sufficient information, knowledge and skills to facilitate informed decision making, regarding courses and careers.
- To use networks and resources effectively to provide careers guidance and experiences that are dynamic and link to real life employment opportunities in the future.
- To ensure that this preparation for working life begins early on in their schooling.
Mr Adum-Yeboah (Head of Business Studies and Vocational Education) is our lead responsible for CEIAG (Careers Education, Information and Guidance) and co-ordinates the programme whole school.
Ms Wilkhu (Assistant Headteacher/ Head of Sixth Form) is responsible for Higher Education and supports students with course choices, career and university options. She is always available for students to drop in and talk through any questions they may have.
Mrs Chisolm (Sixth Form Administrator) is responsible for UCAS applications. She is based in the 6th form study area and supports students with their UCAS applications, making bookings for university open days and taster days. She is always available for students to drop in and talk through any questions they may have.
Mrs Pavlou (Librarian) is responsible for Work Experience arrangements in Year 10.
Mrs Mondesir (Independent Careers Advisor) provides regular coaching and one to one sessions and interviews for students. She provides students with up to date information on careers. She visits the school every 3 weeks and is based in B1.2. Students in years 11-13 have access to full guidance appointments with Mrs Mondsir. Appointments can be made with her by Mrs Henderson (Head of Year 11) or Ms Wilku (Head of Sixth Form).
Advice for parents:
Making decisions about the future can be as difficult for parents as it is for students. Therefore, it is important that parents have enough information to make an informed decision at each stage of their child’s education. In addition to raising questions or seeking advice from the school, including the staff members listed above, parents can also use the information provided below:
- This is a helpful and accessible site run by an independent adviser: https://www.careersadviceforparents.org/
- This link explains the timetable for changes to GCSEs and AS/A Levels broken down by a student’s current year of study: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/timeline-of-changes-to-gcses-as-and-a-levels/changes-to-gcses-as-and-a-levels-that-will-affect-each-current-school-year-group
- This is a useful and free CV builder for students: https://www.reed.co.uk/cvbuilder
- Here is a diagram that shows the routes available to students from Entry Level to higher education qualifications: