Hayesfield Girls’ School and Mixed Sixth Form aims to ensure that all students are thoroughly prepared for the 21st century workplace. We provide a ‘real world’ context within the world of work and students are given challenging leadership opportunities that will prepare them for life.
At Hayesfield Girls’ School and Mixed Sixth Form we recognise that careers guidance is very important for young people. They need to be able to navigate increasingly complex and challenging choices and manage transitions successfully.
The Employability Chartermark was awarded to Hayesfield Girls’ School in 2015.
It shows that the school has:
- an effective system of advice and guidance
- direct exposure to the work environment
- specific and tailored learning support in key areas including preparation of CVs, applications forms, interviews and attitude to work
- direct involvement of businesses in career briefing, development of the curriculum and mentoring of students
Hayesfield Girls’ School hosts an annual Employability Fair which includes an array of visitors offering workshops and masterclasses.
One to one mock interviews are given to all Year 11 students. In addition, Sixth Form students have the opportunity to undergo mock interviews panels. A wide range of interviewers are used including the Rotary Club, local and national businesses, governors and parents.
Faculties have excellent relationships with employers and students are inspired, informed and advised through talks, workshops and visits.
An independent Careers Advisor visits weekly to undertake careers interviews and offer advice and guidance to students. This ensures they are receiving impartial careers advice (CEIAG) and that it is effective in ensuring they make informed choices that will impact on their progress and success at Key Stage 4 and beyond.
Hayesfield Girls’ School and Mixed Sixth Form are also involved in:
- Young Enterprise
- Global Employability talks
- University talks and Widening Participation
- Links with employers including Dyson, Rotork and BMT
- Model United Nations
Mrs Turner, Head of Careers, is available for advice and guidance to help students explore their options and make informed choices.
Through a comprehensive Careers programme within PSHE students develop an understanding of their personal skills and qualities and can relate these soft skills to their own personal experiences.
The PSHE careers programme includes work on planning your future, preparation for part-time and full-time work, completing accurate applications, interview techniques, applying for work experience. Also, students are advised on expected behaviour in the workplace, health and safety in the workplace, economic education and financial decisions, opportunities post 16, opportunities post 18 and the local labour market.
Year 7 PSHE
In Year 7 the focus is on an introduction to organisational skills and working as part of a team.
- Planning your career journey and important skills
- Enterprise Education – Planning an event
- Presenting and evaluating the Enterprising event
Year 8 PHSE
In Year 8 the focus is on valuing diversity and difference.
- Valuing equality, diversity and inclusion
- Making the most of careers information, advice and guidance by using research facilities
- Laws and by-laws relating to young people’s permitted hours and types of employment
Year 9 PHSE
In Year 9 the focus is on developing problem solving skills, the ability to learn and adapt, using initiative and numeracy skills.
- Key Stage 4 options – making informed decisions about selecting options most suited to you and your future career
- Research techniques – New Kudos, National Careers Service and Careerpilot
- Aim Higher – thinking about university
- Understanding business and industry – Enterprise Education
- Learning about safe working practices and environments
Year 10 PHSE
In Year 10 the focus is on developing communication skills, interpersonal skills and skills needed for the 21st Century.
- Mock interview preparation – Job applications and interview techniques using a Curriculum Vitae
- Mock Interview preparation – application forms
- Mock interview preparation – covering letter
- Mock interview preparation – interview techniques Year 11 PHSE
Year 11 PSHE
In Year 11 the focus is on problem solving, using initiative and being self-motivated, communication skills, working under pressure and to deadlines and negotiation skills.
- Destinations (with focus on A Levels and University)
- Destinations (with focus on Further Education colleges, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships)
- Mission Employable: Interview Scenarios and questions
- Labour Market Information (LMI)
Sixth Form PSHE and Enrichment
Hayesfield Mixed Sixth Form offers impartial advice to all students through workshop sessions and one to one meetings. In addition, throughout the year, students attend events and guest speakers are invited into school to cover a range of aspects from apprenticeships to writing that all important personal statement. Most importantly, Sixth Form tutors have a wealth of experience in guiding students through the UCAS process. Students have careers interviews, employability talks and general careers advice as requested. Please see the Sixth Form website for details: http://www.hayesfieldsixthform.com/
Hayesfield School has membership of KUDOS. Please contact the school if you would like the licence code.
This programme is designed for students aged 13-19, Kudos takes students on a journey of discovery where they explore their potential through a personalised experience based on their interests and aspirations. Students will discover new ideas, understand which careers best suit them and uncover how what they are learning in school links to future opportunities and their career destination.
Students can also engage in exploring academic and vocational pathways including Apprenticeships, Post-16 learning and University options.
Government portal to the National Apprenticeship Service.
For young people and parents to help Inspire young people to get the skills they need for a better future.
Choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help make decisions.
Quick quiz to discover your strengths and what makes you tick and which animals and celebrities share your personality type, benefit of volunteering and how you could get involved, dealing with exam stress and easy to follow ideas, tips for facing an interview panel, researching interviewers and engaging with the whole interview panel so that you do well.
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers.
Alternatives to university.
Independent guide to university.
Comparison of universities using university league tables.
Rankings on top universities (by subject and overall).
Official information on choosing courses and applying for University.
Online questionnaire linking interests to degree subject areas.
WHICH guide to university using grades, location, subjects and interests.
The Employability Chartermark shows how educational Institutions and business are committed to ensuring young people are work ready.