The Autumn Term is always a busy one for the Careers Department, and 2017 has proved to be even busier than usual. One reason being, our biggest event in the Careers calendar – the Careers Fair. Year 10 also had a visit from the Solomon Theatre Company regarding “Choices”.
The Year 11 Taster Morning, once again, was a very successful event, enabling students to have a first-hand experience of their A Level interests. Students wishing to find out more about the Apprenticeship route attended presentations and took part in teambuilding challenges led by members of the Rifles Regiment.
The new Young Enterprise programme has just started with a number of Year 12 students developing digital/creative media products which will ultimately be marketed and sold. St Peter’s is the only school in the country doing Young Enterprise with this particular focus. We are very fortunate to be supported by very innovative local businesses with this project.
The younger Careers Prefects are also developing ideas for their Junior Enterprise project which launches next term with the objective of raising funds for the Brother Lionel Fund.
St Peter’s is very grateful to Bournemouth University for funding access to the KUDOS careers programme. This gives students the opportunity to access a virtual careers library on their laptops and smart phones. Years 7, 8 and 9 are currently being taken through the registration process for this during tutor time, with other groups receiving the necessary information via email.
A special thank you goes to the St Peter’s PTA for their funding of Linx tablets for the Careers Department. This resource is already being used for small group work in the lower years and as part of careers interviews.
And finally, it was very pleasing that the recent OFSTED report for the school recognised the value and strength of the comprehensive careers guidance offered at St Peter’s. We look forward to further building on this throughout 2018.
Mr Downes, Careers