Careers & Work Experience Information

Ours Careers adviser Suzie Bowie has put together the following information to help students and parents alike to navigate their way through the Work Experience procedures.

Suzie Bowie

Careers and Further Education 

Career guidance can help students to prepare for their future – from the next step to the end goal. Guidance offers students a chance to explore their hopes and ideas about what they want in life and to address their options in an outcome-focused way.

We have invested in a custom-designed website that offers a complete careers portal providing careers-related information and support for all our students. To access the website please see below.

Miss Bowie is always happy to speak with any student wishing to discuss post-16 options. Students wishing to do so will need to speak with her to make an appointment.

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Further advice and guidance can be found by clicking on the quick links below 

Quick Links

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https://www.jobbydoo.co.uk/ 

 

Advice for Parents

 
Sixth Form and College FAQ

ACCESS TO POST-16 EDUCATION 2016-17

Dear Year 11 Students and Parents

Having had various discussions with some students recently, I have been reminded of the pressures attached to the whole process of applying for sixth form and post-16 education in general.

I thought it might be useful to provide you with some further information and hopefully dispel some myths about the process, given that in some cases there is some fairly energetic marketing activity undertaken by our local post-16 institutions. Having thought about this in some depth, I have decided to present the information to you as a series of frequently asked questions with answers. I hope you find the attached sheet helpful.


SIXTH FORM FAQ

 I am uncertain about which sixth form I should apply to. What should I do?

If you are not yet sure, apply to more than one sixth form provider. Many students submit applications for two or three institutions and make their minds up in the summer.

 I have been told that I may not get in to my first choice of sixth form as they may be over-subscribed. Is this true?

This may be true for certain students. However, a good Stonehenge student will have a first class CV and personal statement, will have made use of opportunities from interview experience and will present themselves as exceptionally well prepared. This, in addition to good GCSE grades, will always secure a place. Do remember that as a post-16 student you are worth about £5,000 to any institution.

 I have to choose four A subjects. I am reasonably certain about three, but I don’t know what else to choose. When do I have to make up my mind?

Schools and colleges will want to know what you think you want to study next September at this stage, so that they can plan their staffing for courses in advance. However, you will not be held to the choices you make now. There are plenty of opportunities to change your mind:

  • at any point later in the year, post-application, just contact the school or college and alter your subject request
  • in the summer at post-16 induction days it is possible to change courses
  • after your GCSE results are published in August you may decide that you want to change one or more of your subjects, based on your exam performance
  • during the first fortnight of your A level or equivalent study in September it is almost always possible to make a change if you realise you have made the wrong choice

NB: In the first few weeks of the Autumn term it is also possible to change school or college – one or two students do this every year.

 What happens if I don’t get the grades in August?

Contact your chosen sixth form provider and ask about entry. It may still be possible for you to take up your place. Of course, if you don’t achieve a level 4/5 grade in English or Maths, you are likely to be asked to re-sit as a condition of entry to A level courses.

 I have put in my application for sixth form. What happens now?

Schools and colleges operate in slightly different ways, but in general the following will occur:

  • you will be invited to attend an interview at the school or college. You will be expected to discuss your predicted academic performance, the reasons for your choice of course(s) and other areas of achievement
  • you will be given a conditional offer of a place at the school or college, pending your GCSE results
  • you may be invited to a taster or induction day at the school or college in June (after the end of GCSE exams). At this point, it is a good opportunity to try out different subjects and hopefully firm up your choices for September
  • you may be invited for a final interview after your GCSE results have been published (usually at the start of the September term) so that you can make a firm decision about the course(s) you will begin in September

 I’m really struggling to decide on which is the best choice for me. My friends are mainly going to one school but I favour another college. What should I do?

It really must be your choice. Remember that this is a stepping stone to the next stage, whether that is to university, further training or employment. The really important thing is that you decide which institution is going to provide what you need in in order to achieve your goal in the future. Ask to see a list of destinations of leavers and do look at Ofsted reports for schools and colleges, as both can be helpful. Remember to find out:

  • If it is a top university you’re aiming for, how many students get into the best universities?
  • If it is a pathway to a vocational apprenticeship or a specific career route you seek, what help will you receive from the institution to help you achieve your goal?

It really must be your choice. Remember that this is a stepping stone to the next stage, whether that is to university, further training or employment. The really important thing is that you decide which institution is going to provide what you need in in order to achieve your goal in the future. Ask to see a list of destinations of leavers and do look at Ofsted reports for schools and colleges, as both can be helpful. Remember to find out:

  • ·If it is a top university you’re aiming for, how many students get into the best universities?
  • ·If it is a pathway to a vocational apprenticeship or a specific career route you seek, what help will you receive from the institution to help you achieve your goal?

ABOVE ALL, PLEASE:

1. Ensure that you look at all the institutions you are interested in before Christmas. Remember to investigate fully, including reading their most recent Ofsted report.

2. Make your application(s) by the end of February or earlier if the deadline is before then. Be ready to attend interviews before Easter.

3. Focus on your GCSE attainment; in only two years from now you may be applying to university and universities want to take students with good GCSE grades.

4. Remember that sixth form and post-16 education is a buyer’s market. You are in control!

Post 16 Open Evenings 2016-17

DATES OF OPEN EVENINGS 2016-17

Salisbury 6th Form – Tuesday 8th November 6pm – 8pm

Brockenhurst – Thursday 13th October 4pm – 8pm and Saturday 12th November 10am – 1.30pm

South Wilts Grammar School – Friday 4th November 2.15pm – 4pm

Peter Symonds – Wednesday 19th October 6pm – 9pm and Thursday 20th October 6pm –9pm

Andover College – Tuesday 4th October 4.30pm – 8pm and Wednesday 5th October 4.30pm – 8pm

Burgate – Thursday 10th November 6pm – 8.30pm

Wiltshire College – Thursday 6th October 5pm – 7pm

Sarum Academy – Thursday 6th October 4pm – 7pm

Click here to take you to dates and times for 6th Form/College Open Evenings

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND WHEN MAKING YOUR SELECTION

It is the School’s Policy to encourage students to experience a new situation through their work experience. For this reason, we do not permit students to seek a placement working with a parent or close relative, to return to their previous primary/junior school or to seek a placement where they already have a part-time job.

(1) How far can I travel? Think about the cost and ease of travel. Is there a bus? Can I get a lift with a parent? Look at a map of the area and decide with your parents what is feasible. REMEMBER: the cost of travel to work experience is paid for by your family.

(2) Not all jobs are 9 -5 - you must be prepared to work shift hours in some jobs, e.g. ‘caring’ roles; leisure centres and hotels. Can you get there and back safely early in the morning or late at night? Check the bus times.

(3) There are also limited roles in the Salisbury area for certain categories - including leisure (sports centres; entertainment); hair and beauty; graphics and law - be prepared to have another choice ready.

(4) Some employers will only accept a direct approach by students - these include vets, the media and law firms. If you want to try for a placement you will have to contact these employers yourself. Speak to Miss Bowie as soon as possible to let her know what you are hoping to arrange.

(5) Due to increased charges students are only permitted to undertake ONE placement, unless parents are happy to fund the total cost of a second placement.

(6) Health and Safety check costs for out of Wiltshire placements will be passed to parents for payment. This will be a charge of £25 - £50 depending on location of placement.

WORK EXPERIENCE

For many years our students have benefitted from a work experience placement undertaken during Year 10.  The positive benefits of this experience are clearly visible on students’ return to school – from a greater focus on learning to achieve their aims, increased maturity, to informed career choices and a better understanding of what the world of work entails.

We very much wish to give your child the same opportunity from 3rd to the 14th July 2017.  Your Child will need to organise his/her own placement by approaching local employers.  A database of possible opportunities will be available from November 2016 to help your child make their choice, but if there is a specific organisation they wish to go to, we suggest they make contact now to see if a placement would be possible.  Your child needs to keep in touch with Miss Bowie, our work experience co-ordinator, so that she knows which placements are being used and to give your child the necessary paperwork for completion by the employer and you.

Until March 2012, the cost of organising placements, completion of essential health and safety visits and paperwork has been covered by a Government subsidy.  Sadly this has now ceased and we are faced with a £42 charge per placement to ensure your child is working in a safe environment. This £42 charge per placement is applicable to organisations within Wiltshire.  An additional £25 per placement will be charged for placements further afield with £50 being charged for some London placements.

Unfortunately it is not possible to meet the full expense from school budgets and we are now in the position of asking for a £26 parental contribution to allow work experience to take place in 2017.  The additional charges for any out of Wiltshire/Dorset placements will have to be paid for by parents.

Do please contact Miss Bowie if you need any further advice at this stage.

To search for ideas for possible placements:

Type http://wiltshire.learnaboutwork.org/ into your web browser.

Select Stonehenge school

Log in as a Student (name = The Student; PIN no = 1234)

Select the Search button at top of page.

Narrow your search down by putting Salisbury in the text box at bottom of Search page.

Select the categories of work you are interested in looking at.

A list of possible opportunities is shown, choose View for more information on the placement.  At the bottom of each job description the placement address and contact name is shown.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE PLACEMENT TO SEE IF IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO TAKE YOU ON WORK EXPERIENCE.  USE THE SAMPLE LETTER GIVEN TO YOU IN PPREPARATION FOR WORKING LIFE PACK OR WRITE A VERY GOOD EMAIL IF AN ADDRESS IS GIVEN. 

YOU MUST LET MISS BOWIE KNOW WHICH PLACEMENT YOU ARE TRYING FOR TO AVOID TOO MANY STUDENTS APPLYING FOR THE SAME JOB.

When you have had a possible agreement from the placement, you need to arrange a time to go along and see the employer.  Before you go, you MUST come and collect a pink Private Arrangement Form from Miss Bowie, which you need to take to your interview.  If the employer is able to take you, please ask him/her to sign the form.  You and your parents also need to sign it and this needs to be returned to Miss Bowie. At this point the contribution of £26 needs to be paid via Parentpay.

DEADLINES – the latest date Miss Bowie can accept forms:

Forms for Wiltshire placements:                                 12th May 2017

Forms for Out of Wiltshire placements:                    7th April 2017

(placements beyond Dorset and Hampshire will incur an ADDITIONAL £25 charge – payable at the time of the submission of the form)

Forms for London placements:                                   10th March 2017

(these placement will incur an additional charge of between £25 - £50 – Miss Bowie will advise)

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