CAREERS

Careers Programme 2021-2022

Year 7

Autumn Term

Intro to Unifrog - The first step into considering a future career. Creating a personal account, taking their personal tastes into account. This account will be updated with ‘Events’ the pupils attend and comment/reflect upon which they create.                                                                                 

PSHCE Careers Lesson Autumn 2– What are skills?

An Introduction into the work life skills and why they matter.

Spring Term 

Unifrog Updates - Pupils will take time to personally update the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

PSHCE Careers Lesson: Interest Profile

Pupils have an introduction to find their interests in future careers.

Enterprise Advisor Event: Thakeham Homes –Spring 2 In this ground-breaking event, all Year 7s are off timetable and have a hands-on experience of how companies decide how to develop building sites.

Career Skills:

  • Team Building
  • Communication
  • Planning and Developing ideas

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Summer Term

Unifrog Updates – For the last time this year, pupils get the opportunity to individually update their information and the progress made over the year.

PSHCE Careers Lesson (Summer 1) –

Recording Activities – Pupils learn how to record their activities and comment on them for future use.

PSHCE Careers Lesson (Summer 2) –

What is your Dream Job? – Pupils explore dream jobs and choose their preferences.

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.              

Year 8

Autumn Term

Unifrog Updates (and Introductions to new pupils)- This will be the second year in their development.

PSHCE Careers Lesson (Autumn 1): What does success look like to you?

Exploring personal success for each individual.

PSHCE Careers Lesson (Autumn 2): Important Career Terminology – Words needed in the World of Work

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block   

NHS Encore Productions – Benchmark 5 Encounters

All Year 8s will see the NHS production regarding 85 different Jobs and Professions offered by the NHS. This is an onsite event.

Spring Term

Unifrog Updates - Pupils will take time to personally update the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

Careers Speaker (HL) - Year Assembly – What are your Career Options/Prospects?

PSHCE Careers Lesson:

Careers Library Treasure Hunt 2 (Con’t from Year 7 Careers Library Hunt) – Exploring resources that are available online.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Summer Term

Unifrog Updates - Pupils will take time to consider the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

PSHCE Careers Lesson (Summer 1) -

GCSE Choices and more Choices! – Investigations into the choices of their futures.

PSHCE Careers Lesson (Summer 2) -

Activities and Competencies Bingo

A game about the skills and aptitudes.         

Enterprise Advisor Event: Thakeham Homes - Spring 2 -  All Year 8s are off timetable and face a set of Team Challenges. Mental/Physical/Mystery/Skill!

Career Skills:

  • Team Building
  • Perseverance
  • Communication
  • Personal Courage

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Year 9

Autumn Term

Unifrog Updates (and Introductions to new pupils)- This will be the third year in their development.

Virtual Event: Reigate and Banstead Big Bang Job FairBenchmark 5 Encounters - All Year 9s are are shown a variety of videos regarding employment and career opportunities with local employers from the local area. They get their first overview to a number of apprenticeships in the local area.

PSHCE/Careers Autumn 2– Choosing Options for Year 10

Options and the choosing the best path forward for me!

  • Investigations into the Options and their specific benefits to each pupil.
  • Guidance, advice and information.
  • Next Steps of Option choices.
  • Introduction of ‘Morrisby – an online careers advice website. It is very beneficial to help ‘what I like’ to becoming a career for the future.

Options Parents Evening – A night where pupils and parents/guardians can discuss the career paths by looking at the Options in depth with our Options teachers.

Year 9 Careers Assembly by Heidi Legg – Our Careers Advisor.

Optional Careers Advice Appointment for Students - Heidi Legg (Request only): Pupils can arrange to discuss some general topics in regards to Option Choices and directions post 16.

Options Presentations: All Year 9s are off timetable to hear and experience a presentation by each Options Teacher, followed by a question and answer session. This is over multiple sessions.

Options Booklets with extensive explanations of each Option and helpful websites to answer most queries.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Autumn 2: What makes a great Leader (Autumn 1 topic).

What makes great leaders and what we all can do to achieve success in this area.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Spring Term

Unifrog Updates - Pupils will take time to personally update the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Spring 1: An online exploration into the Unifrog Resource Library. It is a treasure hunt for information.

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Summer Term

Unifrog Updates - Pupils will take time to personally update the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Summer 1: Identifying Interests. Discovering the skills and interests that make each student unique.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Summer 2: Your skills, Your Team, Your Future. How to work within a team, and how to have successful teamwork.

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Year 10

Autumn Term

Unifrog Updates (and Introductions to new pupils)- This will be the fourth year in their development.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Autumn 1: A set of five lessons exploring into the important areas of employment. A series of lessons to investigate CVs, and work expectations.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Autumn 2: Making a Good Leader.

An exploration into the aptitudes required for great leadership.

Year 10 Careers Assembly by Heidi Legg – Our Careers Advisor – Your paths of Careers.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Spring Term

Unifrog Updates - Students will take time to personally update the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Spring 1: Unifrog Careers Library Treasure Hunt. An online investigation into information held on Unifrog.

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Summer Term

Unifrog Updates - Pupils will take time to personally update the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Summer 1: What makes a good Team Player. Exploring the aptitudes of an effective Team Player.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Summer 2: Unifrog Escape Room. Pupils take part in a fun but challenging activity to test their teamwork and communications skills.

Enterprise Advisor Event: Thakeham Homes – World of Work – Our Award Winning, Innovative Programme. In the final week of the year, Explore Week, the Year 10 pupils spend three days working directly with employees from Thakeham Homes.  The Sessions include:

  • CV’s and Interviews – Head of Human Resources
  • Planning and Design – Head of Architecture and Design
  • Man-Management and Leadership – Project Manager
  • Interior Design and Themes – Head of and Interiors all New Home Designs
  • Personal Attributes and Positive Wellbeing – Personal Assistant to the CEO
  • Site Development and Layout – Second Head of Architecture

Exterior Work Experience – During the last week of school, pupils are able to find their own work experience and gaining first-hand knowledge of in the world of employment.

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Year 11

Autumn Term

Unifrog Updates- This will be the final year in their Secondary School development. The Event log should be full of Events and personal development from the past four years. Students will add ‘Events’ from the summer from their own Work Experience or from our Award-Winning World of Work (each session).  Also, any personal development/experiences from the summer.

Careers Presentation Year Assembly.                  

Careers Interview (each pupil) - Appointments with Independent Careers Advisor, Heidi Legg

PSHCE Careers Lesson Autumn 1– College Applications and Personal Statements – Pupils are starting their knowledge/understanding of their ‘Next Step’.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Autumn 2: Making a Good Leader. An exploration into the aptitudes required for great leadership.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block       

Spring Term

Unifrog Updates - Pupils will take time to personally update the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan.

PSHCE Careers Lesson Spring 1 – Introduction into BTEC and Apprenticeships. An investigation into optional avenues into careers.

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PSHE Careers Lesson Spring 2– Revision Techniques – Good vs Bad. Pupils look at their present model of revision and try to explore two or three new models.

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Summer Term

Unifrog Updates - Pupils will take time to personally update the information and experiences thus far in the year and add them to their overall plan. Also, as this will be their final year (before their next major steps), personally consider what have they learned and experienced.

PSHE Careers Lesson Summer 1– Coping with Changes- Leaving Secondary School.  Pupils gain awareness of the changes ahead of them and develop coping strategies in preparation for that change.

Careers in the Curriculum – Departments presenting: specific lessons that have a practical application of each specific expertise (per department) and what jobs/careers may be available in the future.

Careers Notice Boards opposite Head of Careers Classroom – New Block

Year 12 & 13

In Years 12 and 13, pupils follow a comprehensive work book that provides information and activities on the following topics:

  • Introduction to A Level Study
  • Preparation for Post 18 Study
  • Alternatives to Study 
  • Your Professional Future
  • Work Experience
  • Your Financial Future
  • Your Wellbeing
  • Your Post Graduate Options
  • Assessing your Learning - Reflections of Progress

During the first term, pupils will also have a 1-2-1 careers interview.

The Lecture Programme

Sixth Form students attend a lecture every week. The Lecture Programme covers a wide range of topics, to prepare pupils for life after Sixth Form. The Programme includes:

  • Lecture for Year 12s from an apprenticeship advisor
  • Seminar led by an apprenticeship advisor for Year 12 and Year 13 pupils who are interested in this route
  • Lecture about Unifrog
  • A range of lectures from different universities on admissions, student finance, and university life
  • Lecture about how to apply to UCAS and how to apply for the world of work
  • Lecture about the professional workplace, includes information about taxes, money management, and the cost of further education options
  • Lecture from A Star Future about studying in Europe
  • Lecture from the Head of Year about making informed choices
  • Lectures from outside speakers about the world of work. These have included speakers from Nestle and the government apprenticeship scheme
  • Lectures on being a post graduate student

Pupils also receive the following support:

  • Regular 1-2-1 meetings with tutors to discuss progress and future plans
  • Access to Unifrog to support informed choices across universities and apprenticeships
  • Students are encouraged to deliver presentations about apprenticeships and the apprenticeship process during their tutor time in the first term
  • 1-2-1 support with UCAS applications. This involves individual meetings with a member of the Sixth Form team to discuss applications
  • A bespoke Oxbridge and Medical application programme is in place that offers support on entrance exams, interview preparation, wider issues discussion, and support with personal statements.

For up to date career and work experience news and resources, please visit:

Careers Education Noticeboard

The strategic Careers Plan can be found here.

The School’s Careers Provider Access Statement can be found here.

You can find the School’s Careers Policy here.

Click here to find out more about the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Royal Alexandra and Albert School consists of a number of elements.

Our Aims:

Personal Development and student tracking

Our Personal Development Programme uses software from Grofar. Starting in Year 7 and lasting until Year 11, pupils are guided through careers choices and have personal experiences at attending job fairs. They are exposed to possible outcomes to their career choices.

As pupils progress through Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), they are guided on how to search for career interests, learn to write letters of application and develop their CVs. In Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11, pupils are exposed to the skills of analysis needed to explore their career choices and the qualifications associated with particular careers.

Dedicated Independent Careers Advisors

We also provide independent careers advice to pupils through our dedicated Independent Careers Advisor, Heidi Leg. In Year 10, all pupils are invited to an individual careers interview, which sets up the discussions for their formal interview in Year 11. In some cases, these discussions with the careers advisor start in Year 9, where needed and when possible. In Year 11, students have dedicated sessions to discuss their next steps after secondary school. Time is given to discuss, explore and develop career ideas.

National Careers Events

The School arranges visits to national careers events that allow pupils to talk directly to, and make initial contact with, industry representatives. Year 9s will attend a local job fair organised by Surrey County Council. In Years 12 and 13, there is a robust weekly Lecture Programme which often focuses on one of the following areas of interest: higher education, general employment and apprenticeships.

Explore Week and Year 10 Work Experience

Explore Week offers a change to classroom-based learning. In the last week of the academic year, pupils experience five days outside of the regular academic timetable to explore topics and subjects. Year 10 pupils have the opportunity to attend our Award-Winning World of Work, which is an excellent experience provided by Thakeham Homes, and led by Liana Richardson, the School's Enterprise Advisor.

Pupils learn techniques to improve their CVs and interview skills directly from an experienced from the Head of Human Resources at Thakeham Homes. During World of Work, pupils have a variety of sessions with exceptional content that encourages practical application of skills needed in seeking, gaining and successfully receiving an offer of employment.

There is also an opportunity for pupils to locate and secure their own work experience placement. The School carefully vets each employer and job specification to ensure that each pupil receives the best experience of 'the real world’. As we are a state boarding school, some students return to their home countries to explore this incredible opportunity.

Apprenticeships

Pupils are kept informed of apprenticeship and higher-level apprenticeship opportunities by our Careers Lead. For pupils in Years 12-13, pupils are emailed this information directly. Further information about apprenticeship routes is available on the Careers Notice Board. In addition, during their one-to-one appointments with our Independent Careers Advisor, pupils are made aware of options which are available to them regarding further education, higher education, and vocational options. The School also participates in the ASK Programme, which offers apprenticeship support for pupils in Years 10-13.

Measurement and Assessment of the impact of our Careers Programme

The impact of Royal Alexandra and Albert School’s Careers Programme is assessed by the Head of Careers using the following means:

  • Evaluations of careers activities with pupils, staff (who were involved), employers, parents and any external stakeholders.
  • Analysing destination data to confirm success of events, presentations and Careers activities
  • The introduction of and the regular review of the information on Grofar student careerevent activities.
  • Review of the school’s adherence to the Gatsby Benchmarks undertaken in conjunction with the Enterprise Advisor (Thakeham Homes) and the Head of Careers.

Careers Contacts

Careers Lead: Mr Willem Stapelberg (Deputy Head, Academic)
careersinfo@gatton-park.org.uk
Telephone: 01737 649000