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How we deliver our Guidance Programme

Implementation:

This is delivered through:

  • Sessions and individual guidance from our guidance team, including the Head of HE Guidance, Head of Overseas Applications, Head of Oxbridge, Academic Deputy and the Pastoral Team.  This team provides guidance with respect to subject choices/careers for Years 9-13.

  • Dedicated weekly guidance sessions for years 10 & 11 - currently held P1 every Friday with a detailed Scheme of Work and a 2-year rolling programme.

  • A programme of external speakers, introducing students to different areas of work, sharing their career journeys, lessons learnt and covering areas such as core competencies and skills, adapting to change, following your interests and work-life balance.  Details of the programme for this year can be found here.  We also have a programme of ‘Inspire Me’ speakers who provide students with the opportunity to explore diverse topics and hear from innovative, inspiring and ground-breaking individuals.

  • Tutorials & 1:1 Guidance - with students benefiting from low student to tutor ratios and high quality relationships between students, teachers and guidance staff. 

  • Elements of our PSHEE programme, **LINK NOT WORKING**starting in Y7 and including elements covering Careers and Guidance.  The programme also seeks to develop students self-awareness, so that they understand themselves and the influences on them and thus are able to make appropriate decisions and manage transitions effectively.

  • Off-timetable Guidance Days, with a programme including speakers from universities, business sectors, organisations providing apprenticeships and individuals from a range of professions talking to students in breakout sessions about specific disciplines and routes into their professions.   

  • Guidance for parents, including regular communication and information evenings at key stages in the academic year.

  • Assignments and information provided to students via Google classroom and using resources, including subscription services such as Unifrog, which provide extensive information on career and HE pathways and resources relating to areas such as apprenticeships, applications, competencies, and personal statements.  

  • Through our our overall vision and approaches to learning, which involves the development of research skills; communications skills; social skills; self-management and thinking skills. Critical and creative thinking skills in particular are embedded across the curriculum and all students follow a course in Theory of Knowledge in the 6th Form.  Our approaches to teaching are based on enquiry and a problem solving approach, conceptual understanding, developed in local and global contexts and encourage effective teamwork and collaboration.  

  • In addition to formal sessions students are offered the opportunity to take part in a number of integrated learning events, clubs and societies and enrichment activities that will enable the students to develop future skills and encourage an approach to thinking and problem solving that is not confined to narrow subject boundaries.  For example, projects days which are off timetable events in Years 7-9, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Int’l Award, the Engineering Education Scheme and being part of a committee to organise events such as Cambridge Model United Nations.

  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills with roles in Leadership Committees, clubs,  societies and charitable projects and mentoring of younger students.  

  • The development of Student Portfolios / Personal Development Records.

  • In Year 9, the (I)GCSE choices process starts with a half-day off timetable event followed by an evening event which is attended by both students and parents.  Presentations are made by the Head of Senior School about (I)GCSE choices and the impact this may have on future choices at both IB and A Level.  Students have an individual guidance meeting with their tutor to discuss their choices before they make the final decision.

  • In addition to guidance sessions, all students in Year 11 are offered the opportunity, along with their parents, to have an individual interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team or Guidance Team to discuss their subject/career choices.

  • In the 6th Form all work experience opportunities are advertised to students through the Guidance Google Classroom.  This also includes information on Gap Year opportunities, including ‘work placements’ and apprenticeships.  Scientific work experience opportunities also arise through the Nuffield Bursary Scheme and our local Cambridge connections.

  • 6th Form students are encouraged to attend University Taster Days and at least two open days at universities and FE institutions.

  • In addition to the extensive Guidance programme involving assemblies, off timetable events, university visits and parent and student guidance events, 6th Form extension classes are used not only to extend the learning beyond the confines of the curriculum, but also to provide insight into undergraduate study in particular disciplines.  The Head of Medical Admissions is responsible for ‘MedSoc’ and provides weekly support for potential medical, veterinary medicine and biomedical applicants by running a  programme of events to support their applications.

  • Preparation for the university aptitude tests is currently under review, but is mainly addressed through subject extension classes and the Head of Oxbridge runs a short course in preparation for the Oxford ‘Thinking Skills Assessment’.

  • Students in Year 12 and 13 regularly meet their tutor on a one-to-one basis and discuss subject/university/career choices with the Guidance Team.