As pupils progress through the school, we aim to ensure that careers' advice and guidance is provided at key points, enabling pupils to make sensible and informed decisions regarding subject options and career and higher education choices. Advice is offered on a variety of career-related issues, including university and other higher education courses, apprenticeships and school-leaver schemes, subject and option choices, gap years and placements in industry.
Our Careers Department
The Careers Department is located on the lower floor of the library building. The fully-resourced careers library is open throughout the school day and, as we have the benefit of a dedicated Head of Careers. Students are welcome to drop-in for an informal discussion at anytime between 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Mondays to Thursdays. Activities embedded within the PSHE/Key Skills curriculum alongside a series of extra-curricular careers talks, workshops and conferences form the basis of the school’s careers' education, information, advice, and guidance (CEIAG) programme. This aims to help students know and understand:
- Their abilities, strengths, and preferences
- What the world of work is like and what employers want
- What employability skills are and how they can develop them
- How the world of work is changing
- Different routes into learning, training, and development
Year 11 (fifth form) Careers
During the Fifth Form (Year Eleven) the Morrisby Online Service enables students to take control of their own career planning choices. A series of online psychometric assessments completed in September results in a detailed profile that students, staff, and parents are encouraged to review thoroughly before a 1:1 guidance interview with an independent career professional. This approach ensures students and parents are provided with the advice and guidance they need to make informed subject and career choices.
Sixth Form Careers
During Sixth Form the emphasis is on exploring the range of pathways available after A levels and building an awareness of those relevant to career goals. With 90% of students moving on to university, there is a strong Higher Education component within the programme.
A full programme of workshops, talks and discussions are organised by the Head of Careers and the Head of Sixth Form, relating to the different aspects of the application procedure to universities in the UK and abroad. This includes plenary sessions focusing on the applications procedure to university and the financial awareness required, an Open Day visit for all Lower Sixth students and a presentation to parents about all aspects of Higher Education.
All Lower Sixth students are encouraged to undertake a week of work experience. The range of placements has recently included Microsoft, GKN Aerospace, Qinetiq Group and Sanctuary. Other students have helped in local primary and special-needs schools, shadowed in law firms, hospitals, and veterinary practices, repaired dry stone walls and rescued swans. The department enjoys a challenge and does its best to accommodate even the more unusual requests: aspiring bullfighters, astronauts, and herpetologists have all been to see us. Students are encouraged to find work experience out of the Worcester area and placements have been arranged by the MFL Department in France and Germany. London placements have also become increasingly popular.
Conferences and Careers Talks
In recent years, we have arranged Healthcare Conferences, Law Days, a Media Day, an Engineering Conference, a Modern Language Conference, an English Conference, a Finance Day, a Women in Leadership Conference and a Property Conference. These conferences are always popular and draw students from Fifth and Sixth Form.
A Lower Sixth Business Conference is held at the end of the year. Students are taken through a series of challenges and workshops, led by representatives from local businesses and companies. A Careers Networking event has also recently been added to the school calendar during the summer term to provide the opportunity to practise essential networking skills while learning about a wide range of careers.
The Department also arranges a number of before-school and lunchtime careers talks given by people working in various professions. Recent talks have included forensic science, accountancy, finance, medical research, architecture, law, journalism, as well as Headstart, the Year in Industry scheme and other Gap Year programmes. Students in Removes, Fifth and Sixth Forms are invited to attend.
A regular feature is an evening in November when members of the Upper Sixth have the opportunity to experience a practice, one-to-one interview with parents or friends of the school with expertise in particular areas.
Parent and OV Support
Parents and OVs provide a wonderful resource and we are always excited to hear from anyone who would like to share their expertise with students.