In the sixth form, whilst the key focus is on applications to university, we provide students with information on all their options.  These are:

  • to pursue further education at a college
  • higher education at university
  • advanced, higher, degree apprenticeship
  • employment
  • gap year – deferred entry to university, organised gap year, employment gap year prior to entry to university, travel gap year travelling independently.

Sixth form students may ask for a careers interview, mock university interview and/or practise interview for employment.  They can arrange this via the sixth form office or ask Miss Halls, the Careers Co-ordinator.

There are lots of useful resources provided on the noticeboard facility on Google Classroom, including news and other careers related information, so make sure you check these regularly.

Who can I speak to?

Miss Halls, Careers Co-ordinator – email: shona.halls@sjwms.org.uk

The Careers department at SJWMS

There is a comprehensive careers education programme for all year groups delivered through Life Skills lessons, tutorials and across the curriculum. This includes activities on self-development, opportunities to get involved in the Business Mentoring Programme, information about apprenticeships and university, career exploration, and career management. Students are also engaged in work related learning, including work experience in Year 12. Impartial (unbiased) careers guidance interviews are available for access by any student and appointments can be made via Head of School or directly using the link above to contact the Careers Co-ordinator. The Careers Office is situated in the Life Skills block opposite room 1. Impartial advice can also be accessed from MY Trust, the National Careers Service and the LAT Careers Education website, which has an array of careers learning resources available to support students in every Key Stage, parents, carers and staff. In addition, students can access a variety of careers-related information on the Career section of year group Google Classrooms and in the library. The latest news, including labour market information and job alerts, are posted onto year group Google Classroom. Recent information can be accessed through the stream, and older information can be found on the classwork tab under the Careers topic. The school has achieved the full Investors in Careers Award which recognises the good practices we have in place.

The Careers Education map for all year groups can be found below.

Student Entitlement                                        

Through your time at SJWMS, you should get:

  • Clear impartial advice and information about all the options available, so that you understand what they involve.
  • Support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future.
  • Regular support and information on how well you are doing.
  • Help to decide what to do when you leave the school, including further learning, training or employment.
  • A programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
  • An opportunity to set out an individual learning plan
  • An opportunity to learn about the world of work
  • Help at the appropriate time

Booking a Careers Interview

You can arrange a Careers Interview via your Head of School or using the link above. Your careers interview is a confidential, impartial discussion with the Careers Coordinator. Don’t worry if you have no definite plans. We are here to encourage and support you while you are making decisions about your future. Depending on your needs, it may be helpful to have several discussions, so don’t think of your careers interview as a ‘one-off’ event.

The school is an affiliate member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and the Careers Co-ordinator abides by their code of conduct which can be found here.