Students receive careers information and guidance throughout their time at St Bede’s.
Sessions in Citizenship lessons during Year 7 and 8 encourage students to think about their strengths and weaknesses, the skills they already have, their interests and the world of work.
In Year 9 we focus on their option choices and sessions led by our specialist careers provider, Innervate Careers Services, look at the options available and help them to make the right decisions for their future. This is supported by an online careers programme called Fast Tomato. Students use this to link their likes and dislikes, skills and interests to subjects and potential careers ideas.
Year 10 and 11 is a time for students to develop their skills and research in more detail their career ideas. Innervate Careers again run sessions for the students looking at their Options after Year 11. Explaining the different routes such as A levels, Apprenticeships, college and university choices.
Year 12 take part in a work experience week in June once their exams are over. This allows them to develop their employability skills and experience the world of work. See below for more information.
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An Innervate Careers Service Adviser is in school every week to offer impartial one to one guidance to students. They are happy to advise on any aspect of careers whether it is university advice, apprenticeship applications or "what can I do with a specific subject?" Students can book an interview via the 'St Bede's School Careers Appointments' system.
Throughout the year we have events for different year groups such as talks by Oxford and Cambridge Universities, STEM events encouraging students to investigate careers in science, a project with RHS Wisley, a Careers Fair and a visit to the Surrey Skills Fair.To support all our students we have resources available in the Library and also in the Careers Office. Mrs Shepherd, our Careers Administrator is in school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and can be contacted via email (choosing 'Careers' from the drop down).
In Year 9 all pupils take part in a one day enterprise activity. In teams they establish a business and compete against others in the year group to win their first big contract. This involves the creation of financial information, marketing material and decisions on product portfolios. The day culminates with each business pitching to the judges and answering questions on their business.
In Year 10 we run our Enterprise Challenge which takes place over the autumn term. Each Tutor Group forms a company and chooses a Chairperson. They have to create marketing material, produce a bid form and accounts, manufacture products and organise sales. They are provided with a startup fund of £30 and this is used to run two lunchtime sales and a stall at our Enterprise lunchtime fair in December. All proceeds from the event go to charities chosen by the students.
Year 12 work experience
In Year 12, students undertake one week's work experience in the summer term. This is independently arranged but must be authorised by the school and follow the school's process. All work experience employers must complete this form before placements are confirmed.
Useful careers websites