Careers Education Information
Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance by Year Group
- Transition into year 7. Following on from a transition day in the summer term of their year 6 education, students will be supported during their move to Sandwich Technology School with advice on coping with the change, getting to know the new environment, students, teachers and classes. Lots of information is given on where to go and who to ask for help.
- ‘More Than 1 Direction’. Students are given the task of creating a fictional character which they will take on a journey through school, further education, University and the working world. From a description of their student, including their background and interests and they will develop a progression route from GCSE, through to Further and Higher Education, using a range of literature and guidelines, eventually following their student through into a career of their choice. At the end of the session, students will present their characters journey and explain decisions taken at various stages of their educational life.
- Preparation for GCSE Options. Students are given several lessons to prepare them for the decisions they need to make in March of Year 8. A GCSE focus week takes place in all departments allowing students to gain more information about subjects and course structures. Information is provided to students and parents at an options presentation evening along with a booklet. Students are supported throughout the process by subject teachers, form tutors and the careers adviser to ensure they understand and choose the correct options to study in years 9, 10 and 11. Drop in sessions are available for more advice on choices and a parents evening allows for information sharing and support.
- ‘Your Future, Your Choice’. Using an exciting range of materials, trained student ambassadors from Kent University work with small groups to encourage a practical, pro-active approach when choosing GCSE and post-16 options. Students are encouraged to research the job market as well as further and higher education, enabling them to make informed choices.
- University of Kent visit. This event encourages students to broaden their horizons and consider their own choices in the future. An introduction to study and life at university is given by current degree students who take the students on a tour of the campus. Working in small groups students will have the opportunity explore the range of subjects on offer at university by participating in a university subject taster session. Students will also be given the opportunity to think about what they want from the future and begin planning their next steps.
- Work experience. Students spend a week working with an employer which can be self-arranged or sought out by the school, according to an interest in a particular industry or area of work. This is vital to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks. Students are required to complete a reflective journal, useful to refer to when applying for further or higher education and employment.
- Careers Fair. Students are able to meet with a range of employers and advisers within further education. This allows them to understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning within schools, colleges and in the workplace.
- Post 16 taster day. Students experience a day in the 6th form which enables them to see what it is like and the courses available are explained. Further education colleges also visit and talk about college life, how it differs from school, and the courses available. Students leave with a letter detailing courses and how to apply, when the time comes. It’s a great way to get them thinking about post 16 options over the holidays.
- Preparation for post 16 progression. During year 11 a tailored made careers education programme helps students to make important decisions for the next stage of their education. Dedicated lessons, assemblies and talks provide all the information needed to explore all options including sixth forms, colleges, training and apprenticeships. Support is given to students in making their applications by subject teachers and tutors and each and every student has a 1:1 careers interview with the school careers advisor. Students apply to further education electronically using KentChoice4u and by March students should have firm choices in place. Offers are made according to interview performance and GCSE predicted grades.
- The careers advisor is on hand to provide help and support for those wanting to pursue an apprenticeship. Students interested in an apprenticeship should set up an account on these sites:
Find an Apprenticeship
- Preparation for Employment. Students will learn how to write an effective CV and develop the skills required for a successful interview.
We offer a unique package of opportunities that will provide you with the qualifications and skills you need for the ever changing world of work. A personalised package of expert support and guidance will help you to make the successful transition into young adulthood and higher education or employment.
A wealth of impartial and unbiased information, advice and guidance is given to students on a range of post-18 options to ensure that they fully understand all their progression routes and the variety of paths into these.
Support is provided by the leadership of the sixth form, tutors, subject teachers and all students receive as many 1:1 careers interviews as they require with the careers advisor.
Students interested in higher education partake in a three-module Stepping Up programme:
- Stepping Up 1 (SU1) gives year 12 students the information they need about university to help them to decide if higher education is the right option. They look at the variety of courses on offer, consider the benefits of going to university, talk to current undergraduates about student life and are given the opportunity to visit The University of Kent.
- Stepping Up 2 (SU2) helps year 13 students with all aspects of the UCAS application process. They search for course information online and receive help with completing the application form, including the personal statement. The module also covers the post-application period, considering visits to universities, offers and the clearing process.
- Stepping Up 3 (SU3) ensures that year 13 students have the skills necessary to move successfully into higher education. The module will cover HE study skills, along with more general sessions to help prepare them for life at university. The module also contains an optional visit to one of the University of Kent's campuses, where we ask students to put into practice some of the study skills they have learnt in the classroom.
- Outreach talks and sessions are provided by Canterbury Christchurch University and Kent University, according to students needs and requests, covering all aspects of the application process including advice on choosing the right university and course, information evening for parents, student life, subject talks, student finance, personal statements, clearing and taster days.
- Kent and Medway higher education exhibition. Students attend the university fair at the University of Greenwich at Medway and have the opportunity to speak with ambassadors and educators from universities across the UK to find out more about courses and university life.
- Higher Education evening for students and parents. An opportunity for parents and their son or daughter to find out more about life after STS. The Head of Sixth Form talks about the options available to students once they leave school and representatives from Kent University and Christchurch University talk about higher education. Additionally, GAP360 and Frontier give advice on gap years and volunteering opportunities.
- Advice and guidance is given on the interview process where appropriate and subject teachers will help with portfolio submissions where requested.
- Staff will be at school on results day to congratulate students and help those who may need the use clearing to find alternative university places where necessary.
Apprenticeships and training
- Many students take an interest in varying levels of higher or degree level apprenticeships which lead to very successful careers. Talks and events detailing these apprenticeships and routes into apprenticeships are provided by the careers adviser and by local employers with whom we have strong connections. Apprentices from these employers are available to provide information and guidance to those interested.
Students interested in an apprenticeship should set up an account on these sites:
Find an Apprenticeship
- Support and advice on writing CVs, completing application forms and interview skills is provided through our outreach programmes, staff across the school and the careers advisor.
- Students are encouraged to learn a new skill such as playing an instrument, performing in a school production, becoming a film maker and editor, first aiding or public speaking. They can join a sports team, develop coaching skills, learn how to referee or umpire and enjoy reduced rates at Sandwich Leisure Centre. Giving back to the community is encouraged through volunteering, mentoring, fundraising or becoming a member of the Youth Parliament or Student Leadership Team. As part of the 6th form enrichment programme you will have the chance to take part in the life-changing trip to India. Day trips and residential activities are also available including visits to West End shows, museums and galleries. Take part in ski trips, water sports holidays, and assault courses with the army, paint balling and The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.