Batchwood School: Passion Belief Courage

Careers Advice and Guidance

At Batchwood we are committed to providing the highest-quality personalised Careers Path that we can for all our students. We have adopted the findings of the Gatsby Foundation’s research into what makes outstanding school-based career guidance and are working towards ensuring that these Gatsby Benchmarks guide our Careers Curriculum as we seek to gain the Careers Quality Mark.

View oue certificate that shows we are committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Quality in Careers Standard

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are as follows:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

We firmly believe that it is our role to ensure students are informed, have opportunities to reflect, have access to a wide range of careers opportunities and are thus able to make informed choices about each step of their career. In this regard we are building on a history of successfully meeting the needs of all our students.

On a practical level we work closely with YC Hertfordshire (formerly Youth Connexions) to ensure we ‘tap into’ students’ interests to find the right work experience placement, college course and environment for success. We liaise with professionals, parents and, most importantly, our students to determine the next step.

Most of our students have experienced much change in their lives and as a result they struggle to cope with any change. To address this, we try to source every available opportunity to prepare them for this change. This includes multiple taster days and supported visits during which we share all the relevant information on every student’s strengths and weaknesses with our professional colleagues. We try to involve our parents in this as much as possible, so they can support the management of impending significant change.

For all students, we provide access to a dedicated careers area, situated within the school, access to personal guidance from an independent YC Hertfordshire Careers Advisor and provide students with a range of careers information and advice through the whole-school curriculum. 

In addition, aiming to widen their career horizons and support their careers journey, we provide opportunities from Year 9 onwards as students make decisions about what Key Stage 4 options to take, thereby starting the process of firming up on their areas of interest and possible future education, training and career paths.

Work Experience

All students in Year 11 engage in work experience for a week during the Spring Term.  Students have scope to seek out their own placements or select those provided by our partners, YC Hertfordshire.  The process of finding a placement begins in the Summer Term of Year 10 when all students have a personal interview with the school YC Hertfordshire Advisor, building on the discussions that they have had with their Form Tutor. The form Tutor helps the student to complete all the necessary paperwork for this venture and will visit the student on their placement. This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in work, build their skills and consider their personal career pathway.

If you have any queries, would like to assist with a careers event or to share your own career journey with our students, please contact us by emailing our
Careers Lead: Sarah Slater via careers@batchwood.herts.sch.uk

Upcoming events to watch out for:

  • Year 7 – 11 motivational Speakers
  • Year 9 – Options evening
  • Year 10 – work experience choices
  • Year 11 – Curriculum Vitae writing
  • Year 11 – Work Experience week
  • Year 11 – Further Educational College visits
  • Motivational speakers to inspire our students throughout the year
  • ABC Careers newsletter

Contacts

ABC Careers Newsletters

Compass Careers Benchmark Reports

Alumni

If you attended Batchwood School, we would love you to contact us and tell us what you are now doing. We are in the process of forming an Alumni of past students whom we can draw upon to give our present students an insight into the life of work. Please contact the careers lead Mrs. Sarah Slater at Batchwood School either by email careers@batchwood.herts.sch.uk or by telephone 01727 868021

Useful Websites

National Careers Service
nationalcareers.service.gov.uk
This is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice

Youth Connections Hertfordshire
www.ychertfordshire.org
YC Hertfordshire provides youth work projects and programmes, information, advice, guidance, work related learning, outdoor education and support for young people aged 13-19 (up to age 24 for young people with learning disabilities).

STEM
www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors
STEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people by linking people in STEM careers with teachers and schools to enable young people to gain a clear idea of the range of careers available to them.