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Careers and Work Experience

Curriculum – Careers

The John Warner School is committed to preparing its students to manage their future education and career path throughout adult life through a planned programme of Careers Education, Work Related Learning and Information, Advice and Guidance.  In order to achieve this we offer a wide range of activities, both in school and out of school.  Our Youth Connexions Adviser offers impartial careers advice and guidance in school each week.

Careers Programme at JWS

Lots of events happen throughout the year for certain groups of students or a whole year group, so this is just a selection!  Recently John Warner Sixth Formers have had the chance to visit GSK to learn more about their (Higher) Apprenticeship Scheme, some Year 9s took part in a Royal Marines Day, and Year 7s have been learning about Money.

By the end of Year 9 you will have:

Had opportunities to reflect on your personal qualities and the way you relate to your peers

Begun to identify your strengths and how you can make the best use of them

Started finding out about different career areas and qualification routes that might interest you in the future

Developed an understanding of Enterprise through sessions delivered in LifelongLearning

Completed the ‘Kudos’ careers software questionnaire to identify your skills and interests related to the world of work and explore career ideas that might interest you.

Learnt about a number of career sectors through talks, videos, Careers Fairs etc

Explored your GCSE choices with the support of the school

Had the opportunity to attend an Apprenticeship Event

Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s Careers and Enterprise Manager and our visiting Connexions Advisers.

By the end of Year 11 you will have:

Used a variety of careers software and websites in order to help you make your decisions about Post-16 options.

Had the opportunity to attend careers talks/visits during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics.

Produced a CV and covering letter that focus on your skills and qualities

Had the opportunity to attend an Apprenticeship Event

Been made aware of all the Post-16 Choices available to you, through presentations in class & assembly, Year 11 Options Evening, Pathways Interview and attending taster sessions on your potential 6th Form (or college) subject choices.

Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s Careers and Enterprise Manager and our visiting Connexions Advisers.

By the time you leave the Sixth Form you will have:

Had the opportunity to undertake a minimum of one week’s work experience in a company of your choice. You will be responsible for arranging the placement, with support from family, friends and the school

Attended two Year 12 Futures Days with sessions on higher education, gap years, student finance etc.

Had the opportunity to attend careers talks during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics.

Used a variety of careers software and websites in order to help you make your decisions about Post-18 options.

Been guided through the UCAS application process and made an application through UCAS, if you intend to go to university.

Had the opportunity to attend the Higher Education Exhibition and individual university and college open days.

Had the opportunity to attend an Apprenticeship Event

Had the opportunity to request a mock interview for employment or university admission.

Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s visiting Connexions Adviser for support with university and college applications (both in the UK or abroad) and alternative options such as seeking employment, voluntary work, taking a gap year etc.

For more information

Please look in the Careers Section of the school library

Talk to your form tutor or Head of Year

Drop in to see our Connexions Adviser in the library on a Thursday lunchtime

Speak to Mr Cook who is in charge of Careers Education in the school njc@johnwarner.herts.sch.uk

Mr Nigel Cook
BA