Career education and guidance is an important part of preparing our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. At the end of year 11, our young people will need to make informed choices about their future learning and career pathways, and at Westfield we aim to make sure they have the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about their next steps.
From Year 7, Westfield School provides all our learners with a programme of career education through PHSE lessons, to help them move into post-16 and post-18 choices that suit their skills, interests, personality and values. Students are encouraged to increase their self-awareness, and consider what is important to them in the world of work and beyond. The programme also helps students increase their career and job knowledge, build career planning and management skills. Details of the careers entitlement for our students is available here.
We are striving to deliver a high quality careers education and guidance, so are focusing on implementing the government recommended Gatsby Benchmarks:
- A stable careers programme.
- Learning from career and labour market information.
- Addressing the needs of each student.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers.
- Encounters with employers and employees.
- Experiences of workplaces.
- Encounters with further and higher education.
- Personal guidance.
At key decision points in their school life, and when needed, students have the opportunity to have careers meetings. At this time, they can talk about their ideas for the future, look at the range of options after they leave school and plan the steps to achieve their end goal.
To ensure all our students can access careers information and advice, our full-time Student Progression Manager, Mrs Daughtry, supported by our independent, impartial, professionally-qualified careers adviser from Sheffield Futures, is available in our dedicated Careers Hub.
Learners can book an appointment, through the Student Progression Manager, their Key Worker, or by calling into the lunchtime drop-ins in the Careers Hub.
We recognise the vital role parents play in assisting young people making career decisions, and welcome enquires from parents, and can provide support through phone calls, emails and arranging dedicated appointments. Our careers staff are also available at parents and options events.
Our careers information on local opportunities for work, volunteering, education and apprenticeships is available through our careers library resources, based in the careers hub, assemblies, form tutors and noticeboards.
Experience of work
Westfield School values experience of work and recognise the importance of young people engaging with employers, always striving to provide more opportunities than the government recommendations. We use a range of careers talks, mock interviews and industrial visits to support students to gain an insight into the world of work. This is reinforced by our comprehensive work experience programme, which allows all our year 10 pupils to undertake a two week placement with a local employer, to help develop the skills and they will need in working life.
Further information can be found on our work experience page.
Post 16 options
We work hard to help students develop a plan for their next steps when they leave us. You can find out more on our Options: A-level and equivalent page.
Silverdale Sixth Form
With Westfield School joining Chorus Education Trust, the aim is to provide priority status to Westfield students when applying to Silverdale Sixth Form - which last year had the best A-level results of all state schools in Sheffield, and is part of Silverdale School which was voted Top State Secondary School in the north by the Sunday Times in 2018.
This means that, as long as Westfield students meet the entry requirements, they will gain priority over any other external applicant for a Sixth Form place. Given that Silverdale Sixth Form is always heavily over-subscribed, this provides a great advantage to Westfield students.
A shuttle bus is also being provided between the two schools, which will cost no more than public transport.
You can find full details about all courses at Silverdale Sixth Form by downloading the prospectus here.
other sources of information
A huge amount of careers information is also available online. Further sources of useful information include:
- National Careers Service covers information on over 800 different jobs and careers, alongside information on job search tips and techniques.
- iCould provides video clips from people working indifferent job roles, with facts and figures about their industries. The Buzz Quiz allows young people to start considering their personality and how that may affect their career choices.
- Apprenticeships gives detailed information about how these work as well as a link to the National Apprenticeship Service with live vacancies that young people wanting to train through work can apply for.
- UCAS Progress is the application methods for the majority of post-16 opportunities across Sheffield. All students at Westfield School will complete an application, and there is detailed information about all the options, and the application process.
- Shape your Future Guide to Careers in South Yorkshire gives an insight into current and future job opportunities in various sectors in our area, and the skills that will be in demand.
- www.gov.uk for information on a wide range of learning and work related matters including money and the law.
- Russellgroup.ac.uk provide an Informed Choices Booklet that has advice on which A-level subjects/grades are required for which universities/degree courses.
- Careerometer tool provides salary information on a huge range of jobs, as well as essential information about whether such jobs are growing or in decline.