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Careers Education at Alexandra Park School

Overview

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Citizenship lesson on the labour market and careers          
Careers Assemblies    
Careers Related lesson during National Careers Week
Careers Advisors at Student Progress Days
Register and use fasttomato.com          
Information from fasttomato.com shared with parents          
One to one career coaching for those making subject choices          
Careers Fair      
Open Evening for Subject choices          
Information on post-school options    
Opportunities to attend university open days        
Opportunities for Work Experience          
Opportunities to take part in Enterprise activities            
Opportunity to access mentoring for medical careers          
Register and use ULAS.co.uk          
Parental Access to ULAS.co.uk          
Focus / Activities

All students will have access to assemblies on the subject of careers advice and subject choices. Throughout the year, and at subject teachers’ discretion, parents and alumni will be invited into the classrooms to hold sessions on careers in specific industries.   Work Related Learning is also delivered across the curriculum and there is a specific focus on preparing for future education and employment in citizenship lessons.

Key Stage 3

In addition to the above students in Year 8 will take part in a careers themed day and in Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a careers fair in school.  The Year 9 Options process includes an evening for parents, a separate assembly for students and all students have an individual guidance appointment with an independent careers adviser.  Students will also have the opportunity to take part in careers themed educational visits.

Key Stage 4

All Year 11 students will have a personal interview with a careers advisor.  There is also a careers guidance ‘clinic’ focussing on interviews for Year 11 students (which is available to students in Year 10 too).  Students in Years 10 and 11 have access to work experience placements where appropriate. 

In addition, we hold a Sixth Form Open Evening for students and parents to prepare student for post-16 progression.  All students in Year 11 receive two personal Information, Advice and Guidance Appointments with senior staff and the sixth form team to discuss their options for post-16 study.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 numerous opportunities are promoted for students to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of specific careers.  In addition to events outside school, speakers and representatives from varied employment areas are invited into school to present to and meet with students.   All students in Year 12 will have a personal interview with a careers advisor and all students are encouraged and supported to arrange and attend work experience placements.  

Once AS examinations have been completed (in June of Year 12) the enrichment programme focusses almost entirely upon preparing for progression with a particular (but not exclusive) focus upon university applications.  Support includes a Higher Education Evening for parents, visits to universities and the opportunity to attend briefings / Q&A sessions with Admissions Tutors and subject experts from City University, KCL, LSE and Oxbridge and UCL which are arranged in school.  Many students also participate in preparatory programmes organised by top universities for specific subject areas for example LSE Choice Pathways to Law, Target Medicine and The Brilliant Club.

Resources

General careers advice, including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications.

http://www.plotr.co.uk/ A careers game / quiz which helps students explore different careers and options:
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers.htm An excellent hub for all sorts of careers advice and guidance
https://www.ulas.co.uk/ A site which builds employability skills and offers opportunities for work experience
https://university.which.co.uk/ A good starting point for anyone thinking of going to university
http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk A good starting point for anyone thinking of not going to university
https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/about/ A useful resource for developing employability skills such as CV writing and interview technique

Work Experience and volunteering

http://www.work-experience.org/
https://vinspired.com/
https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/national-citizen-service

Apprenticeships

https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide
https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

University Applications

https://www.alexandrapark.school/ucas-careers
https://university.which.co.uk/
http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/parents-and-guardians
https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Gap Years

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/
http://gapadvice.org/gap-year/other-directories/

Year in Industry / Headstart

http://www.etrust.org.uk/

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Free School Meals

Who is elligible for Free School Meals?

Free School Meals are available for children who attend a state maintained school on a full time basis.

In order to be elligible the parent / carer must be in receipt of the following:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seakers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of less than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

How to Apply

Pease complete the form overleaf, using BLOCK CAPITALS.  You should ensure that you have signed the form and return it to the School Office.  Unfortunately, any forms that are not signed or incomplete will be returned to sender and this will lead to a delay in the Free School Meal being given.

Is evidence of Benefit Entitlement Required?

You do not need to provide evidence of your benefit when you submit this form.  We will check your entitlement through the Department of Education's Eligibility Service (ECS).

Download the Free School Meals application form
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Term Dates 2017-18

Autumn Term 2017
Starts
Ends

Inset Days

  • Friday 1st September 2017
  • Monday 27th November 2017
  • Friday 20th April 2018

Bank Holidays:

  • Christmas Day
    Mon 25th Dec 2017
  • Boxing Day
    Tue 26th Dec 2017
  • New Year's Day
    Mon 1st Jan 2018
  • Good Friday
    Fri 30th Mar 2018
  • Easter Monday
    Mon 2nd April 2018
  • May Day
    Mon 7th May 2018
  • Spring Bank Hol
    Mon 28th May 2018

Holidays in Term Time

We do not authorise holidays in term time under any circumstances. Can parents / carers please ensure that they do not book holidays or flights before term ends or after term has begun. Every day in school matters.
The school sees the number of requests for time out of school to visit seriously sick elderly relatives rise massively in the last two weeks of July and the first week of September. It is impossible for us to distinguish between a bona fide request and those seeking cheaper flights. A false request is morally wrong, a bad example to set children and is unfair on those who do have a family crisis.

Autumn 1

Mon 4 September 2017

Friday 20 October 2017

Holiday

Monday 23 October 2017

Friday 27 October 2017

Autumn 2

Monday 30 October 2017

Thursday 21 December 2017

Holiday

Friday 22 December 2017

Friday 5 January 2018

     
Spring Term 2018
Starts
Ends

Spring 1

Monday 8 January 2018

Friday 9 February 2018

Holiday

Monday 12 February 2018

Friday 16 February 2018

Spring 2

Monday 19 February 2018

Thursday 29 March 2018

Holiday

Friday 30 March 2018

Friday 13 April 2018

     
Summer Term 2018
Starts
Ends

Summer 1

Monday 16 April 2018

Friday 25 May 2018

Holiday

Monday 28 May 2018

Friday 1 June 2018

Summer 2

Monday 4 June 2018

Friday 20 July 2018

Holiday

Monday 23 July 2018

TBC

 

Student Progress Days
Student Progress Day | DateYear GroupStaffTimingsLocation
1 | Thursday 5th October 2017 7 - 13 Tutors / Co-Tutors 9am - 4pm Form Rooms
2 | Wednesday 22nd November 2017 10 Subject Teachers 1.15pm - 7pm Teaching Rooms
3 | Tuesday 5th December 2017 9 Subject Teachers 1.15pm - 7pm Teaching Rooms
4 | Thursday 25th January 2018 11 Subject Teachers 1.15pm - 7pm Teaching Rooms
5 | Tuesday 6th February 2018 13 Subject Teachers 1.15pm - 7pm Teaching Rooms
6 | Wednesday 28th February 2018 12 Subject Teachers 1.15pm - 7pm Teaching Rooms
7 | Thursday 22nd March 2018 7 Subject Teachers 1.15pm - 7pm Teaching Rooms
8 | Wednesday 2nd May 2018 8 Subject Teachers 1.15pm - 7pm Teaching Rooms
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