Programme Overview

Careers Advice & Guidance is given to learners throughout the school year through super learning days, PSHE lessons and Interventions.  Learners are given the opportunity to develop their Employability Skills and are able to gain better knowledge of the wider world of Careers.

Learners are taught how to plan and prepare for an interview and the Careers Team are available to accompany anyone and support them at their interview. Assistance is also given in the drawing up of a professional quality CV. The Careers Team are on hand throughout the school year to support Post 16 applications.

Learners have access to a number of employer engagement activities throughout the school year. Local colleges, training providers and business are invited into school to deliver presentations throughout the school year to all year groups.

Once learners 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 school will remain in contact with leavers to collate destination data and provide support where needed.

The School works closely with the Lancashire Careers Hub, to ensure the school is meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and statutory guidance. The programme is regularly reviewed and monitored to ensure learners are getting the most out of the programme.

The Heights’ Careers 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 around transitioning to work or post 16 study.

Careers Team

Learners at The Heights have access to impartial Information, Advice and Guidance, from dedicated members of staff who work closely with pupils on a day to day basis, from all levels of school leadership.

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

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

The Careers Provision is overseen by Helen Morris (Assistant Headteacher).

The Careers Team is supported by the School’s wider Pastoral Team.

Level 6 Personal Careers Guidance (Gatsby Benchmark 8) is delivered by New Directions Advisor Janet Hope.

The Schools Career’s Governor is Matthew O’Boyle, whose role is support and advice of the impact of the Careers Programme.

The Heights is lucky enough to have the support of a local Enterprise Advisor, Elaine Courland.

The Heights Careers Lead is supported by Inspira Enterprise Coordinator; Abigail Hough.

If you wish to contact the Careers Team regarding any general programme enquiries or wish to support the delivery of the programme, Please contact careers@theheightsfreeschool.org and a member of the team will contact you.

Careers Quiz

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