We aim to provide the highest quality careers education, independent advice and guidance possible to raise the aspirations of our students and ensure they reach their full potential.
We help students to
Find out about careers and the world of work
Develop employability skills
Take responsibility for planning their own career pathway
This is delivered in a variety of ways including
PSHCE lessons and work done in Visions and Values time
Visits to and from employers, colleges and universities
Activities delivered within curriculum areas
Visits to workplaces and encounters with employers
Our annual Careers Evening
Events held in school eg. Army days, WOW days, Post 16 Options events
Our Careers Coordinator, Jodie Longstaff, is available throughout the year to support pupils in all year groups. All students will have an individual guidance meeting in year 10 or 11 and all pupils in year 9 will be supported in making informed choices about their GCSE options.
She can be contacted through the school reception on 01325 351377 or by email: email@example.com
This year our Careers evening happened on Wednesday 18th January 2023 from 6pm to 7.30pm in the Main Hall. This was an opportunity for you and your child to talk to staff at local colleges and apprenticeship providers and start to make plans.
Following this most pupils in year 11 will then visit colleges of interest at one of their Open Events and see for themselves what is on offer.
Dates of local events are added to our careers calendar regularly.
Useful links for parents
The Parent Perspective Podcast, hosted by BBC presenter Rachel Burden, was created to help parents and carers support their children in making more informed career decisions with greater confidence, knowledge and understanding. Listen here The Parent Perspective on Apple Podcasts
Tees Valley Careers also has a great platform for parents/carers to research the different options available to your child after leaving school Career Pathways - Parents (teesvalleycareers.com)
There is a monthly newsletter available for parents all about apprenticeships. Support for parents and guardians (apprenticeships.gov.uk)
Labour Market Information (LMI) - Is information that helps you to make an informed decision about whether a career is right for you. You can view the bulletins to help support your child with their career choice linked here.
Part-time work is a great way to build your cv, gain valuable experience and earn some money.
There are strict rules about the hours young people can work and the types of work they can do. These rules exist to protect them and stop employers asking them to do too much. Darlington Borough Council is responsible for enforcing the Child Employment laws within our area. The employer of any school-age child is required to apply for a work permit before the child starts work. Click here for the most recent rules.
We welcome feedback from parents and carers and use it to improve our careers offer.
If you would like to give feedback or make suggestions please email firstname.lastname@example.org