Careers at KS3 & KS4
The aim of the Careers Department is to provide up-to-date advice, guidance, information and support for all students to help them to:
- Make informed choices about the full range of available options
- Develop their future career ideas and plans
- Make a successful transition into adult life
The ‘Introduction to the Careers Department’ link below outlines the full range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) services offered to students, including the activities and learning taking place in each Key Stage.
There are also links to the Learner Entitlement statement (which outlines support all students can expect during their time at Kingdown School) and the school CEIAG policy.
Career Companion careers resource website
The school now has a bespoke careers website, Career Companion (external link), which is a one-stop shop containing a wide range of age-appropriate careers resources to help students understand their options, develop ideas and plans for the future as well as build the employability skills and experiences that are sought after by employers.
There are also local apprenticeship, job and voluntary opportunities listed. In addition, Career Companion has links to a number of external up-to-date, reliable and impartial careers websites and information (accessed by clicking the ‘Magnifying Glass’ button on the main site).
Please click here (external link) to explore the Career Companion site and resources.
The school also produces a Careers and Opportunities bulletin, advertises in the Kingdown News and via our Twitter link, @KingdownCareers. These contain all the latest careers events and workshops, job, apprenticeship, work experience and voluntary work opportunities available locally and nationally. This is available to access on the main school website (internal link) and also via the link at the bottom of this page.
Employer and Parent Engagement
Kingdown School is very keen to develop improved links with the employers, businesses, other organisations and parents who work within our local community. Through your involvement, support and personal experience, we feel our students will be able to gain a greater awareness and understanding about the world of work and the careers and opportunities available to them in the future, helping to broaden horizons and raise aspirations. There are also benefits for your organisation in terms of potential recruitment of our talented students as future employees, apprentices or volunteers.
We are aiming to develop a database of contacts and possible offers of help. Any contribution you or your organisation can make can make a significant difference. Some examples of support offered might be careers talks to students, work experience placements, help with mock interviews, workplace visits, mentoring or notifying us of upcoming opportunities within your organisation.
If you would like to help, please contact Miss Gale (Kingdown Careers Advisor) on 01985 224249 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can complete the ‘Parents In Partnership’ questionnaire on the link below detailing the support you are able to offer, and then email it to Miss Gale at the address above.
Work Experience during the pandemic
During the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 academic years, students were offered the opportunity to undertake virtual work experience. In January 2022, Sixth Form vocational students will begin their work placements in local businesses.
Review of the the Programme
The Careers Support and Employer Engagement Programme at Kingdown School is reviewed annually in the summer term with reports shared to the Senior Leadership Team and Governors in the Autumn Term. The next review will take place in May 2022.
Who to contact
If you have any questions about the careers programme at Kingdown School, please contact:
Miss Gale, Careers Advisor (email@example.com)
Telephone: 01985 224249
The Careers Leader SLT Member: Ian Humphrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)