Year 11 look to the future

As part of Withernsea High School’s on-going Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme, the school’s Year 11 cohort recently benefited from a full day of activities and presentations aimed at helping them to make informed choices about their plans for September 2018 and beyond.

Throughout the morning, students worked their way around a carousel of self-chosen presentations which were delivered by over 25 representatives from a variety of different careers and professions including: Product Design; Manufacturing; Creative Design; Agriculture; Accountancy; the Armed Forces; Mental Health; Retail and Construction.

The sessions gave students the chance to learn more about a variety of careers and opportunities, some of which they may have not otherwise considered. Gaining an invaluable insight from the guest speakers, students were able to discover what the jobs entail; the academic pathways required to access them; the salaries they could expect to earn and the training options available.

Running alongside the careers talks were a number of dedicated ‘world of work’ presentations aimed at equipping students with the knowledge needed to enhance their employability skills. These skills are commonly defined as a set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen occupations. Additional sessions included CV writing skills, apprenticeship guidance and local training information.

Throughout the day, attention was also given to a range of options for post-16 education. In particular, the curriculum offered at the school’s Sixth Form.

During the afternoon, students followed a personalised timetable of subject talks which formed part of a wider Sixth Form taster session. Delivered by individual subject teachers, students were given an insight in to the courses on offer and the topics they would study in years 12 and 13.    

The focus on the Sixth Form also provided the perfect opportunity to launch the brand new Sixth Form Prospectus – a comprehensive guide to the courses and enrichment opportunities available to students who choose to continue their education at the school. The document highlights the benefits of post-16 education at Withernsea High, which include individual help and support, small class sizes and free travel.

Please click here to view / download our Sixth Form Prospectus

At the end of the school day, parents and carers were invited to attend a post-16 pathways fair which was held in the school hall. Representatives from colleges and training providers from across the area set up stalls alongside displays from each of the school’s subject areas, to provide an informal environment for parents, carers and their children to quickly access key information. Members of the school’s Senior Leadership Group were also on-hand to offer advice and guidance for students as they considered choosing a suitable post-16 direction. 

Assistant Headteacher Beci Pindar commented: ‘Events like this are crucial in helping to inspire our students and give them as much information as possible so they can make informed choices about their future plans.

It was fantastic to see so many visitors in school working with our students and feedback from both parties was really positive. Students came away from the day with a clearer idea of job prospects and courses available to them’

Feedback from visitors to the school heaped praise on the enthusiasm of the students.

Phil Todd, RAF Outreach, commented:  ‘The School had a real buzz. The pupils were smart, polite and very interested in their futures – making them employable in the full array of RAF careers.’ 

Rebecca Morrell, a Registered Mental Health nurse, said: ’It was a fantastic event with enthusiastic pupils who made us feel very welcome.’

Specialist Mental Health Nurse Sam Wright added: ‘We may well have just found the future of nursing!’

The school would like to offer their sincere thanks to all the guest speakers and visiting representatives who helped make the event a resounding success.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Students learn about careers in Creative Design from a representative of

ABOVE: The after school pathways fair proved to be a popular event with parents, careers and students.
BELOW: The brand new Sixth Form Prospectus is launched.  

BELOW: Student Alex Moore discuses A-Level options with Head of Humanities Ms Harris.