Careers - A Year by Year Guide

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As students progress to Key Stage 4, our career programme is organised as follows:

Post 14: GCSE options (linked to future aspirations) 
Post 16:  A Levels, Vocational courses, apprenticeships, employment combined with training, internships and traineeships
Post 18:  Further education courses, higher apprenticeships, employment combined with training, travel and internships.

Years 7 and 8

  • Careers and employability tutor programme
  • Introduction to online careers resources
  • Introduction to Careers Adviser and offer of 1.1 appointment
  • Invitations to ‘Day in the Life of’ lunchtime workshops delivered by Gordano Partners
  • Assemblies and workshops for Year 8 prior to Options Evening*
  • Year 7 Activities Week opportunities
  • Year 8 Activities Day (Term 6) the Real Game – a careers programme designed to develop understanding of careers, employability and responsibilities of being an adult.
  • Careers-focused MyPm sessions
  • Invitation to Careers Convention in November
  • Gordano Extra programme
  • Access to our Careers Adviser at Options Evenings to offer parent/student advice


Years 9, 10 and 11

  • Tutor programme for Years 9 and 10 tailored to develop knowledge and self-awareness of careers and employability skills
  • Year 9 – Apprentice Roadshow with choice of career sectors on a carousel basis.
  • Year 9 and 10 – Attendance at Weston Skills Show
  • Year 10 – Employability programme delivered by Humanities Dept.
  • Year 10 – Mock interview day run by Gordano Partners, alumni and friends of Gordano for which students prepare completed application form and CV and receive employer feedback
  • Year 10 Work Experience Week in July for all students – preceded by preparation and assembly programme
  • Year 10 Activities Day July: reflecting on WEX and opportunity to explore future career routes and listen to aspirational speakers.
  • Year 10:  Opportunity to attend College Taster days.
  • Year 11: MyFutures sessions to explore all Post 16 options (with speakers from external colleges, apprenticeship providers and Gordano Sixth Form)
  • Year 11: 1:1 Futures Day appointments to inform post 16 choices.
  • Year 11: Sixth Form taster sessions to sample Key Stage 5 teaching
  • Invitations to ‘Day in the Life of’ lunchtime workshops delivered by Gordano Partners
  • Year 9/10/11 :Invitations to Sixth Form ‘Interval’ lunchtime sessions led by outside speakers
  • Years 9, 10 and 11: Invitation to tea time networking provided by Gordano Partners
  • Offer of 1:1 careers appointments for all students with Gordano Careers Adviser
  • Invitation to Careers Convention in November
  • Invitation to Gordano Partners Business breakfasts three times a year.
  • Gordano Extra Programme


Years 12 and 13

  • Year 12 : fortnightly careers sessions from January
  • Year 13: fortnightly careers sessions until December
  • Weekly interval sessions with visiting speakers
  • Opportunity to apply for student leadership positions with training
  • Elective programme (over 30 extra-curricular opportunities to encourage employability skills and involvement in employment sector)
  • HE, Apprenticeship and Finance evening presentations and parent information sessions
  • Activities Week: full programme of HE, higher apprenticeships, employment and activities
  • IAEW Business Competition delivered on site with full Year 12 involvement
  • Subject specific trips, visits, speakers and competitions (e.g. New York, Washington, Kenya, BASE competition, Young Enterprise)
  • Advice, guidance and reference writing through UCAS, apprenticeship and employment though pastoral programme.
  • Tutor programme delivered in vertical tutoring to build holistic skills needed to thrive post 18 (health, finance, employability, presentation etc)
  • Year 12 trip to UCAS convention at Bath University
  • Oxbridge visit Easter Year 12
  • Alumni and Gordano Partner internship and work experience opportunities
  • Interview practice (Gordano Partners, alumni and school governors)
  • RAG week – an excellent opportunity to gain leadership, finance and communication skills
  • 1:1 appointments and interview advice with school careers adviser.
  • Opportunities to apply for Bristol University Access to Bristol & Pathways to Law programme
  • Invitation to the Annual Careers Convention in November
  • Opportunities to demonstrate subject or career specialism e.g.  Extended Project, Robotics competition, Mock Bar Competition
  • Registration with FuturesFirst so that we can continue to support and work with our alumni