Careers

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Two of our core curriculum intents are to:

  • Prepare our students and equip them for future success and life in the wider world
  • Instil a greater understanding of our local area and the world in which we live

Our careers provision is being reviewed in order that it fully meets all 8 Gatsby benchmarks of good careers guidance.

Gatsby Benchmarks:-

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is therefore an intrinsic part of the curriculum at Bishop Stopford’s School, delivered routinely through our PSHE lessons and in form time. Within timetabled lessons students are exposed to real world applications of the subjects they are studying and how knowledge and skills gained can be used in future careers. In addition students participate in a number of different extra-curricular events linked to careers throughout the school year, these are dependent on their age and upcoming transitions, this year’s schedule can be seen below.

Extra-Curricular Careers Activities 2018-2019

Year Group Date Activity
7 15th February 2019 World of Work Day
8 15th January 2019 Visit to Oxford University*
  15th February 2019 World of Work day
9 15th February 2019 World of Work day
  June-July 2019 KS5 Master classes*
10 1st November 2018 KS5 Information evening
10 7th February 2019 Visit to Oxford University*
10 15th February 2019 World of Work Day
  June-July 2019 KS5 Master classes*
11 1st November 2018 KS5 Information evening
  23rd November 2018 Skills London 2018
  January 2019 KS5 pathways form visits.
  May 2019 ESOL Pathways Evening
12 15th February 2019 World of Work Day
  June 2019 UCAS Workshop
  May 2019 Foundation Pathways Workshop
  July 2019 Work Experience
13 October 2018 UCAS Application workshop with Middlesex University
  November 2019 Visit to UCFB Wembley *

All activities are for the entire year group unless identified with a * – these events are small group activities and are by invitation.

We are committed to ensuring that our students are exposed to all of the potential pathways that are available to them including technical qualifications and apprenticeships as well as more traditional academic pathways, that they receive impartial advice regarding each of these pathways and receive training in developing the necessary skills so that they are able to make informed decisions during their time at the school in order to achieve a happy and fulfilled working life in the future.

Our school curriculum is structured to allow students to choose from a broad range of academic and vocational pathways at KS4 and KS5 and we are actively partnering with a number of apprenticeship providers, to accommodate those students that have an interest in apprenticeships such as car mechanics and chefs.

Careers Interviews are routinely offered to all of the students in Y11 and Y13, and those taking the L2 Foundation pathway in the 6th form to help them prepare for their transition at the end of KS4 and KS5. These are carried out by Ms Solomon who is the schools careers advisor. She is based in the 6th form study room and can be contacted at lsolomen@bishopstopfords.enfield.sch.uk In addition Ms Solomon attends Y11 and 6th form parents evenings, Y9 options evening and the KS5 Information evening so that parents are also able to access advice and guidance about possible pathways.

External providers who wish to leave prospectuses or course literature, or who would like to visit the school are welcome to contact Ms Solomon in the first instance on 020 8804 1906 ext 145.