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As part of our mission to prepare students for life beyond school we have a very proactive approach to exposing our students to the world of work.

We are extremely proud of record that no students leave St Joseph’s at the end of their compulsory education without securing a pathway into employment, further/higher education or training. A list of destinations for outgoing year 13 is available from the download zone or by clicking the tab on the right of the page.

Years 7 and 8
Careers Education as part of the PSHE curriculum begins in Year 7 and Year 8 when attitudes to learning, target setting and progress reviews are discussed in form periods.

Year 9
In Year 9 there is more emphasis on career exploration as pupils choose their optional subject at GCSE. An annual Industry Day is organised where local public service and commercial organisations work on projects with groups of pupils, enabling them to gain an insight into the world of work as well as learning key skills.

Year 10
All Year 10 pupils are required to participate in a week’s work experience. Placements come from from a wide range of commercial, businesses, public service and industrial organisations. Additionally, all Year 10 students take part in an Enterprise Week, in which they set up their own companies, produce goods to sell and compete to make a profit at the end of the week. During the Enterprise Week, students are encouraged to think about publicity, finance, sales and marketing to name but a few.

Year 11
Each student, once they reach Year 11, will be allocated at least one careers interview with the school’s independent careers advisor. During this time, they are encouraged to consider their options after leaving school, as well as which A level and degree courses might suit their chosen career path.

Years 12 and 13
There is ample opportunity for students to complete further work experience once they reach the sixth form. This is likely to be more focused and career-specific than the Year 10 placement. Sixth formers are also strongly advised to have at least one appointment with our careers advisor, in order to gain vital information about university courses, student finance, UCAS, gap years and apprenticeships.

A Higher Education Week takes place each year for Year 12 students, in order for them to gain a real insight into all the different factors they must consider before applying to university. Significant support is invested in helping students who wish to apply to complete their UCAS applications.

For all Students
Local employers visit our school frequently to talk about careers and/or to lead sessions or assemblies. Some examples include our local army careers officer and our local Chief Inspector of police. We are fortunate enough to have excellent links with a variety of organisations in our community and we utilise these links to the full, in order to provide our students with the best possible practical advice.

Our Careers Adviser attends parents’ evenings for Year 9 – 13 and is happy to speak to parents and students alike.

Pupils are also encouraged to use the careers section in the main library, which is open to pupils at lunchtime and after school. Careers computer software is also available on the school network.