At Guiseley School, our one of our core aims is to ensure that students are prepared to become successful 21st-century citizens. One of the key ways that we deliver this is to give every student impartial careers advice and guidance.

We aim to raise the aspirations of every student and ensure that the next phase of their education is right for each individual. This may be continuing on into the Sixth Form to study A levels, going to college or starting an apprenticeship. 

Of course we also understand that students change their minds when they begin to plan their next steps. Our careers programme is designed to give students a full picture of the options that are available to them and the ever-changing labour market. In this way even if student’s plans alter they are still fully informed.

The advice and guidance that we offer starts in Year 7 and progresses through to Year 13 allowing students to build upon their previous knowledge. We aim to use staff expertise, impartial careers advice and external providers and employers to give students as wide a range of experience as possible.

Below you will find information regarding what is on offer to different year groups.

If you contact the school about anything to do with careers please contact; Stuart Gadd, Assistant Headteacher, Director of Post 16.

The careers information provided by us is reviewed on a yearly basis. Date of next review: July 1 2019.

The unit of work is delivered by form tutors and encourages students to start thinking about their future. There are a number of self-reflective questionnaires and group discussions, all designed to help students to consider how their own values can help them to make decisions about their future careers. In the next academic year (2018/19) there will be bespoke one-off assemblies and other activities, using outside agencies.
There are more careers related topics such as Citizenship and Finance. We are also developing a series of Careers linked lessons to be delivered starting Sept 2018. As with Year 7 we are planning to introduce more bespoke one-off assemblies and activities linked to careers guidance. This fits in with the whole school decision to introduce some GCSE subjects in Year 9
This is when we start to address Careers delivery more directly to support the students with their options. The Citizenship element in PSHCE also addresses topics linked to different careers and industries. Year 9 also have bespoke Options assemblies delivered by each subject leader and we also have the Year 9 Options Evening. We have established links with outside agencies such as Ahead Partnership who are to deliver a one-hour event to the whole of Year 9. This will involve local employers hosting a Q/A session about what they do and what they are looking for from their employees and applicants. There are also bespoke assemblies on specific careers options such as the Digital industry sector in sector delivered in April this year. There is a marketplace event that takes place in July. At this event representatives from the Sixth Form, local colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and some employers are available for students in Year 9 and parents to find out about opportunities available.
The unit of work is delivered by form tutors and encourages students to start thinking about their future. There are a number of self-reflective questionnaires and group discussions, all designed to help students to consider how their own values can help them to make decisions about their future careers. In the next academic year (2018/19) there will be bespoke one-off assemblies and other activities, using outside agencies.
There are more careers related topics such as Citizenship and Finance. We are also developing a series of Careers linked lessons to be delivered starting Sept 2018. As with Year 7 we are planning to introduce more bespoke one-off assemblies and activities linked to careers guidance. This fits in with the whole school decision to introduce some GCSE subjects in Year 9
This is when we start to address Careers delivery more directly to support the students with their options. The Citizenship element in PSHCE also addresses topics linked to different careers and industries. Year 9 also have bespoke Options assemblies delivered by each subject leader and we also have the Year 9 Options Evening. We have established links with outside agencies such as Ahead Partnership who are to deliver a one-hour event to the whole of Year 9. This will involve local employers hosting a Q/A session about what they do and what they are looking for from their employees and applicants. There are also bespoke assemblies on specific careers options such as the Digital industry sector in sector delivered in April this year. There is a marketplace event that takes place in July. At this event representatives from the Sixth Form, local colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and some employers are available for students in Year 9 and parents to find out about opportunities available.

 

Transition guidance

Year 9 options

  • PSHCE sessions on future careers and qualifications needed to gain these.
  • Careers library.
  • Options assemblies by all Curriculum leaders.
  • Options evening.
  • Separate careers evening for parents and students.
  • Individual interviews with every student and a senior member of staff. Detailed tracking is used in the meeting to advise on the best courses to ensure student success.

KS4 into KS5

  • Year 10 information evening for parents and students including a “marketplace” to introduce options post-16 where there are stands from all local colleges, Guiseley School Sixth Form and the Apprenticeship Hub (Leeds City Council).
  • All Year 11 students have an interview with the school's independent careers advisor.
  • Information is given to students in assemblies, by form tutors and PSHCE on options available post-16.
  • Separate talks given to the year group on apprenticeships, college and Sixth Form options.
  • Sixth form open evening in November
  • A survey carried out by form tutors as to preferred destinations.
  • A visit to Craven College taster day is organised for students who are considering going to college/apprenticeships or are unsure of what they will do next.
  • A two-day induction programme for students considering joining the Sixth Form, students access a range of subject lessons and experience life in the Sixth Form. For those students not staying in the sixth form visits to Leeds City College and Bradford College are organised where they can have taster lessons. If a student is undecided then they can try both Sixth Form and one of the colleges.
  • We use three colleges so that students can experience very different environments and so that the worry about the unknown is lessened.
  • All students who choose to apply to the Sixth Form are given an individual interview with either the Director or Deputy Director of Sixth Form. Parents are also invited. At the interview, subject choices are discussed and the latest tracking data are used to aid this discussion.
  • During the September of Year 12 students are given advice and guidance if they think that they have chosen the wrong course.

 

Provider Access

Providers sometimes approach the school with potential opportunities for students from Year 9 onwards, these can be found here.  

Provider Access Policy