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Pathways (Year 8)

Parent/Carer Information

 

School contacts

The school's careers team are:

Mrs R Pindar
(Deputy Headteacher and Careers Lead)
pindarr@wscampus.net

Mrs V Foster
(Careers Advisor and Coordinator)
fosterv@wscampus.net


In addition, if you have any questions about the Pathways options process, you can also contact:

Mrs A Monaghan
(Progress Leader Key Stage 3)
monaghana@wscampus.net 


All members of staff can also be contacted by phone via the school’s main switchboard on 01964 613133.




Statutory information


Please click here to view/download a summary of Withernsea High School's careers programme.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) Careers Introduction


In Years 7 and 8, the idea of going to college and getting a job may seem like a long way off. However, in reality, decisions that you make now could affect your future and have a direct impact on your career.

At Withernsea High School we have a dedicated careers programme that caters for students in all years. As you progress through the school, we will focus on different areas of your career journey in order to support you in making the right choices.  

In Year 7 you will be introduced to careers through school trips and events, plus discussions in structured lessons. In Year 8 you will focus on what subjects you would like to study in Key Stage 4 as part of the Pathways process. Please scroll down for further information about this.  

As always, the careers team are on hand to offer any advice, answer any questions and make your career journey an enjoyable one.

 

Activities and events 


Please see below for a brief outline of the careers-related activities and events that you will take part in throughout Years 7 and 8.

More detailed information about all of these activities will be distributed in school.  

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Year 7


Careers Questionnaire

National Careers Week

British Science Week

National Apprenticeship Week

Tutor Time careers activities

Enrichment Week

Year 8

Careers Questionnaire

NHS Careers Day

For Entrepreneurs Only

National Careers Week

National Apprenticeship Week

British Science Week

Options lessons delivered in PSHE

Year 8 Options Parents' Evening

Tutor Time careers activities

Enrichment Week

Steps to Success




Pathways - Year 8 Options


In Year 8, you will reach a very important point in your school career as you will be asked to choose subjects to study in Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11).

It is important to think carefully about these choices as they may have an impact on later decisions, such as potential post-16 courses, apprenticeships, university routes and the world of work.

Our Pathways booklet is designed to help you make informed decisions about your options for Key Stage 4. Not only does it provide a curriculum overview of all subjects, it also offers an insight in to what the study of each subject could lead to in the future.


DOWNLOAD: Pathways 2019 (for students beginning their studies in September 2019)
All information correct at time of going to print. Next year's Pathways booklet, for students choosing their options for September 2020, will be released in January. While you are welcome to look at this year's booklet to get an idea of what is ahead, please be aware that some elements may be subject to change.


TIMETABLE OF THE 2020 PATHWAYS PROCESS...

Action

Date

Pathways booklet released
A copy of the Pathways booklet will be handed out to all Year 8 students early in the Spring Term. Your PSHE teacher will talk you through its contents and be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the options process.


January 2020

Subject talks
You will attend a number of talks led by teachers across all optional subjects to learn more about the courses and what opportunities they could ultimately lead to in the future.


January / February 2020

Year 8 Parents/Carers Consultation Evening
An opportunity for you to discuss options with your teachers and your parents/carers.  

Date to be confirmed

Options forms handed out
These will be given out at the Year 8 Parents/Carers Evening.

Date to be confirmed

Hand-in deadline for Options forms
All decisions must be made and forms handed in by this date.

Date to be confirmed


THREE PATHWAYS....

In order to help you follow appropriate courses, students will be allocated one of three pathways (W, H and S), based on prior and current attainment, which will have an impact on what subjects you are able to choose. Your pathway will be indicated to you on your Options form.

Pathway W is for students who are likely to progress to Advanced Level study followed by Higher Education. Students must also study French and choose either Geography or History as a compulsory Humanities option. Students will then choose two more optional subjects to broaden their curriculum.

Pathway H is for students who might progress to Advanced Level study followed by Higher Education, or employment with training. Students will choose either Geography or History for a compulsory Humanities option. Students will then choose three optional subjects to broaden their curriculum. Students will only be eligible for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) if they choose to study French as one of their options.

Pathway S is for students who might progress to Modern Apprenticeships or Further Study. They will study Geography in a highly‐supported, smaller group to improve their chances of success. Students will choose three optional subjects to broaden their curriculum.

All students will study English (Language and Literature), Science (Core and Additional), Maths and Social Studies. All students must also choose between Sport or Dance.

Further information is contained within the Pathways booklet and will also be shared with students, parents and carers during the options process.

 

Information for parents/carers


As a parent or carer of a student in Key Stage 3, it can be difficult to know where to start with helping your child select the subject options that will help them progress into the career of their choice.

Websites that offer advice and guidance to help your child include:

Link

About

Barclays Life Skills

www.barclayslifeskills.co.uk

LifeSkills works with teachers, parents and businesses to help young people develop the necessary skills to secure jobs.

Log on move On

www.logonmoveon.co.uk

A prospectus of education, learning and training opportunities in Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire Coast.

LMI Humber

www.lmihumber.co.uk

Labour Market Information for the Humber area.

EY Careers

https://ukcareers.ey.com

UK Careers Information from Ernst and Young.

Careers Advice for Parents

www.careersadviceforparents.org

Dedicated information for parents/carers, led by a top Careers Advisor and Coach.