The Careers Programme
Through a planned programme of activities, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and Work-related Learning (WRL), Christ’s School seeks to help all students take their place as suitably qualified and responsible adults within society. The focus is upon career and option choices, raising the aspirations and achievement of individual students and equipping them with skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning.
Within the curriculum, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) takes place in a number of different subjects as well as at specially arranged times with tutors. In addition, there are a series of specific sessions which provide the CEIAG focus for each year group, for example in year 10, these sessions focus on preparing for work experience.
We also have a programme of extra curricular opportunities and events which broaden the students' experience. Some events are for a whole year cohort and some for small specialist interest groups. The events vary from year to year but may include visits to colleges, taster sessions at universities, opportunities to attend careers fairs and apprenticeship roadshows, enterprise and design activities such as the Ventura Design Competition, and many other chances to see or hear about real working practices such as meeting those who work at the Houses of Parliament or engineers at the London Transport Depot.
We also deliver careers learning through external partners. We have links with Richmond Education Business partnership who support our work experience placements and organise opportunities to link with local and national businesses. We have a partnership with Aimhigher London South which provides opportunities for our students to attend taster days and university summer schools.
We bring many visitors into school so that students can gain a more realistic picture of career pathways. For this we use our connections with STEMnet (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to provide speakers and visitors, as well as IBM who help with mentoring and CV workshops and many local businesses and institutions such as the Orange Tree Theatre or Kew Gardens.
Our Careers Policy is available to download at the bottom of this page.
Through your time at Christ's School, you should get:
- Clear impartial advice and information about all the options available at key stages in your school career
- Support and guidance to help you make choices and develop a career plan for the future
- Help to decide what to do and what options are available post GCSE including staying at Christ's Sixth form, other further learning opportunities or training
- Help to decide what to do and what options are available post sixth form including University applications, other learning opportunities, training or employment
- A programme of careers education to help you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
- The opportunity to be involved in making decisions that affect your learning
- An opportunity to learn about the world of work
We use Career Companion as our main online resource for careers. This is available to all our staff and students and their parents by clicking here. This can be accessed using the following as both the username and password: csstudent.
Find out how to make the most of Career Companion by clicking here.
In addition we keep a range of careers related material in a section of the library.
Mitchel Williams: responsible for planning the careers curriculum and arranging individual interviews
David Ryde: impartial careers advisor (Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance; Member of the Career Development Institute)
Madeleine Thompson: Pastoral Support Worker and Progression Coordinator
Julia Ralph: staff member responsible for year 10 Work experience
Asking for help
All the staff mentioned above are available to help students on an individual basis. In addition, senior staff interview all year 9s prior to them choosing their options.
Students who wish to have an individual careers interview from an independent adviser should speak to Mr Williams who can make an appointment.