CAREERS AT CRYPT
We are proud of our student’s achievements at The Crypt but recognise our responsibility to contribute to their successful transition beyond school.
All our learners in years 7-11 receive a structured programme of Careers Education as part of Citizenship and Personal Social and Health Education. The programme builds progressively from Year 7 to develop student self-awareness, decision making, opportunity awareness and skills in managing transitions.
This is complemented by regular engagement activities with employers and education providers. For example, interview preparation, practice and feedback. Occupational talks from professionals across many sectors are also frequent.
We host a highly successful annual Careers Fair in January which is attended by universities, colleges and employers from wide ranging industries to which all years are invited.
Organisations wishing to meet our learners are referred to our Access to Providers policy for an outline of possible opportunities and procedures we have in place to assist.
A further indication of our commitment to student support for career planning is the appointment of our own Careers Adviser. Andrew Lloyd, is a member of the Career Development Institute and highly experienced with particular interests in apprenticeships and higher education having also contributed to UCAS events. All learners are permitted to attend an individual guidance interview in lesson time if necessary. Discussion is recorded in an Action Plan and shared with tutors. Students are encouraged to share these with parents but Mr Lloyd regularly attends parents evenings. Andrew Lloyd is also leading the school towards gaining a nationally accredited Quality in Careers Standard which will properly recognise our work in this area of the curriculum.
Many of our students achieve highly and continue with us into the Sixth Form. While Citizenship and PSHE are not formal requirements we do ensure a structured programme of activities to support decisions. These are built around higher education and employment.
All students seeking entry to competitive university courses (e.g. medicine, dentistry, law) are offered practice interview panels consisting of teaching staff, parents, governors or local business people. The process includes feedback to hone their technique.
Aspiring Oxbridge and Russell Group (elite) university applicants benefit from early identification in Year 10 led by our Head Mr Dyer and Ms O’Neill. The process includes Oxford college visits in Years 11 and 12 and coaching for the experience.
Each department has links with other universities and employers. Visits are arranged to regional higher education and other events. We also benefit from a STEM coordinator from the University of Gloucestershire and have a close links with a number of employers. Among these Renishaw, and partners GFutures and GE Aviation who support an Employability Award.
Career Insight talks feature as part of our enrichment programme and learners are supported to undertake appropriate work experience or shadowing if they wish. Visitors have included the armed forces, experts in cyber security, financial services, and the legal profession with contributions from parents and governors.
We allocate significant budget to maintain up to date printed careers and higher education materials in our main library. The school librarian is assisted by our ‘Careers Champions’ – careers library assistants drawn from lower school volunteers under the guidance of Mr Lloyd. We also annually renew a number of careers software licenses accessible to students from home as well as school. These currently include;
Unifrog – a tool specific to sixth form users to manage their research and application to higher education opportunities as well as access to ‘live’ apprenticeship vacancies
Careers Companion – a portal of web based resources on a wide range of themes. This is accessed from the school intranet.
EClips – an electronic library of articles on occupational and general themes. Accessed from the school intranet using the school postcode as a password (GL2 5AE)
Help with Decision Making
We know decision making can be a complex and long term process. Learners and their parents may be interested in the links suggested below. All are free and only require a short sign up process using an email address.
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/ - more suitable to sixth form learners
https://icould.com/buzz/ - personality test more suited to lower school learners
http://sacu-student.com/?page_id=2850 – intuitive, graphics based interest guide,