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Careers

As part of the extended curriculum that goes beyond examination subjects; Ditcham Park School recognises the need for pupils to have a range of specific advice, guidance and information focused on Citizenship, Careers and Further Education. Within this context, the school introduces a progressive range of opportunities including talks, Information Evenings, Events and visits to local 6th Forms, from Year 8 onwards.  The school also has a designated Head of Careers and Further Education who oversees this programme.

Aim:

All students will be fully equipped to make appropriate, informed decisions and will have developed the lifelong skills required to search for, secure and succeed at Post-16.

Year 8 (Form 2):

  • Students are provided with information from individual GCSE subject teachers about requirements for their specific subject.
  • Students are provided with option booklets for GCSE choices.
  • Students are encouraged to use the ‘Careers Library’.
  • A Careers and Colleges Fair is provided in the Autumn Term.
  • During the Spring Term there is a Parents Evening to discuss GCSE options with subject teachers.
  • Parents and carers of Form 2 students are sent a letter, along with the options booklet, to provide an overview of their Careers/FE provision.
  • A ‘Careers Session’ is provided by Havant & South Downs College (HSDC), to encourage students to think carefully about their subject choices in Form 2 (Introduction to Career Pathways), prior to them making their option choices.

Year 9 (Form 3):

  • A Careers and Colleges Fair is provided in the Autumn Term.
  • Information is provided to Students about local Sixth Form College Open Days/Evenings as they become available.
  • Students are given information and encouraged to use the ‘Careers Library’ and ICT, particularly the New Kudos careers software, in order to research options for further and higher education, as well as potential careers.  (New Kudos is now available in the ICT suites and can be accessed online from home).

Year 10 (Form 4):

  • A Careers and Colleges Fair is provided in the Autumn Term.
  • Information is provided to Students about local Sixth Form College Open Days/Evenings as they become available.
  • A Careers display is provided for parents, as part of the Form 4 Parents Evening.  (This provides parents with details of the ‘Careers Programme’ and the opportunity to ask questions about the careers provision for their children).
  • Students attend a “6th Form Taster Day” at Havant & South Downs College – all students attend and partake in a variety of taster sessions organised by the college. The Havant Campus provides an experience of A ’Levels, while the South Downs Campus provides an opportunity to experience B-TEC courses.  The Taster Day is also attended by other schools in the local area, so students have the opportunity to mix and work with other students with similar interests.
  • Students are able to contrast the Havant & South Downs College ‘experience’ with a Taster Day at Churcher’s College. Again, all students attend.
  • Students are given additional information and further encouraged to use the ‘Careers Library’ and ICT, particularly the New Kudos careers software, in order to research options for further and higher education, as well as potential careers.  (New Kudos is now available in the ICT suites, Library and can be accessed online from home).
  • A ‘Careers Session’ is provided by Havant & South Downs College, to encourage students to think carefully about their ‘Post-16 Decision Making and preparation for Applying to College’.
  • During the Summer Term, students create a Record of Personal Achievement, in preparation for College Interviews during the Autumn and Spring Terms of Form 5.
  • Mock College Interviews are provided for all Form 4 students, by admissions staff from Havant & South Downs College.

Optional, additional psychometric tests (Morrisby) made available to Students, at an additional charge. (The results of these tests are feedback to the students as part of their ‘Careers Interview’, at the beginning of Form 5).

Year 11 (Form 5):

  • A Careers and Colleges Fair is provided in the Autumn Term.
  • All Form 5 students have a weekly CCFE lesson.  This enables the delivery of the Citizenship, Careers & Further Education Programme to take place.
  • Careers interviews are carried out by an Independent Careers Adviser – each student has an interview with written feedback provided. (Students are encouraged to have completed the New Kudos programme prior to interview.)
  • A list of College Open Evenings is provided to students and College Prospectuses are distributed, as they become available.
  • Students are encouraged to visit as many Colleges as possible.
  • Help is provided in completing application forms – this is integrated into CCFE programme.
  • Visits, Applications and Interviews are monitored by the Head of Careers and Form 5 tutors.
  • Local 6th Form Schools and Colleges visit Ditcham to deliver presentations to Form 5. (Currently presentations are provided by HSDC – Alton Campus, Bishop Luffa School, Churcher’s College, Godalming College, PGS – Portsmouth Grammar School, Peter Symonds College, Oaklands RC School, Havant and South Downs College -HSDC, St John’s College and Bohunt School).

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