Careers Advice is given to students  through Super Learning Day activities and one to one with the school’s Careers Advisor. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their Employability Skills and are able to gain better knowledge of the wider world of Careers.

Pupils also complete a career plan and are then given assistance on how to complete their application forms for college or Training Providers.

Pupils are taught how to plan and prepare for an interview and the Careers Advisor is available to accompany anyone  and support them at their interview. Assistance is also given in the drawing up of a professional quality CV.

Pupils are given access to employers through the local Business Hive network where local employer visits take place. Outside agencies such as Colleges, Training Providers, the Army carry out regular career presentations at The School, during assemblies throughout the school year.

The School works closely with the Lancashire Careers Hub, to ensure the school is meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

Once pupils leave The Heights at the end of year 11 they can make appointments to see the Careers Advisor for further assistance with their CV’s or college applications. Students are able to contact the school Careers Advisor via email if they need any further assistance.

The Heights’s CEIAG programme will help pupils to:

  • Understand themselves, their interests, likes and dislikes, what they are good at and how this affects the choices they make
  • Find out about different courses, what qualifications they might need and what opportunities there might be
  • Develop the skills they may need for working life
  • Make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and jobs
  • Develop a plan of action for the future
  • Understand the different routes after Year 11 including training, further and higher education and jobs
  • Be able to make effective applications for jobs, training and further and higher education
  • Develop interview skills
  • Improve confidence

Careers Team

Learners at The Heights have access to impartial Information, Advice and Guidance, from a dedicated member of staff who works closely with pupils on a day to day basis and who has the support of the Senior Leadership Team whose role is to help guide your child to their chosen destination.

The School’s Designated Career Lead is Mr Ross Doohan, who can be contacted either via phone or email.

If you are an employer or post 16 provider wishing to visit school, you can contact Mr Doohan on the email below.

Mr Ross Doohan

Careers Leader / Pastoral Support

The Heights, Blackburn

Blackburn

BB2 4NW

ross.doohan@theheightsfreeschool.org

Mr Doohan can be contacted on the above email or via the school office on 01254 261655.

The Careers & Work Experience Programme is supported by Miss L McInerney and the school’s Pastoral Team.

CEIAG  is overseen by Helen Morris (Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral).

Level 6 Careers Guidance is delivered by New Directions Advisor Janet Hope

The Schools Career’s Governor is Steven Taylor, whose role is support and advice of the impact of the Careers Programme.

If you wish to contact the Careers Team. Please email careers@theheightsfreeschool.org.

The Heights is lucky enough to have the support of a local Enterprise Advisor, Eliane Courland (S&G Sear) , a local construction Firm based in Blackburn.

The Heights Careers Lead is supported by Inspira Enterprise Coordinator; Eloise Haworth.

Careerometer

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

“The culture and ethos of the school encourages a caring and supportive environment in which learning and good behaviour can flourish.”

Ofsted