The Careers Department at Christ the King College would like to update you on some of the exciting programmes that are in place to support our students as they mature into young adults.
From June 2015 a weekly Careers Club will take place on Lower College giving Year 7 and 8 students ready access to a range of Careers information and guidance as well as the opportunity to work on a project that will, hopefully, allow them to see beyond the more usual career aspirations. More news on this as the club develops.
Following the success of the annual ‘Options’ process, which supports Year 9 students as they make the very important decisions surrounding GCSE’s, we would like to assure you that this programme of support will remain in place from the very first information evening until the beginning of their chosen courses.
Year 10 students begin studying towards their GCSE examinations and in order to support their choices we will be offering them the opportunity to partake in a Work Related Learning exercise. Our Work Experience Programme will be run throughout the whole of Year 10, allowing greater flexibility when looking to place a student with an employer. Application forms are available from Student Services or the Sixth Form Centre and we would appreciate as much information as possible being included on the application, this should include contact details of the placement if you identify a specific business you would like to work with.
Year 11 students have been offered the opportunity of a ‘Pathways’ interview to guide them as they plan for a future beyond Year 11. We would encourage as many students as possible to remain with us and join our very popular Sixth Form community. However, we recognise that this may not be the best step for some of our young people and in that instance we will offer guidance on alternative choices for the future. Family interviews with students that are struggling to decide on a future pathway will also be offered.
Year 12 are embarking on their AS studies and will hopefully have settled into a study pattern that will allow them to succeed. Fortunately, our purpose built Sixth Form offers many opportunities to study, both in, and beyond, the classroom. A number of University visits will be planned throughout the year, with Mr. Goodhead leading on the organisation of these. Please let him know if you have a request for a visit to a specific University; if we have enough students interested in the trip he will endeavour to make it happen. This is also a time when we would suggest that students look at other opportunities to enhance any future university applications. Wider reading lists are available and should certainly be considered as should work experience opportunities, especially if you are hoping to apply for a competitive course at university.
The Year 13 UCAS application process is well supported at Christ the King College with Mr. Payne, Mr. Goodhead and the Careers department all working to ensure applications offer the highest possible chance of success. We are proud to acknowledge that we have had students with offers from Oxbridge in both of the years that we have been undertaking this process. A significant number of our students have offers from Russell Group universities and this year we have seen a rise in the number of unconditional offers made.
We have been fortunate in being able to welcome a variety of Guest Speakers into Christ the King College and are currently building on the past success of the Speaker Programme to secure a broad and interesting range of academics, political personnel and business people to share their experiences with the students.
Information regarding any of these things can be obtained by contacting the Careers Office, by either phone or e-mail:
National Careers Service – offers independent advice on a range of careers options
icould - (icould is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people)
Student Ladder (Provides information, guidance and advice from GCSE through to degree level)