Advice & Guidance
West Hill School has held the Inspiring IAG Gold Award since 2011 and was successfully reassessed in 2015. This award has now been re-named the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’and will be reassessed in 2018-19. A summary of our planned programmer is shown below.
- During Years 7-9 pupils have 10 lessons per year to explore their own career options.
- Every pupil meets at least one entrepreneur per year through our links with ‘Founders 4 schools’.
- In Year 8 pupils learn about the voluntary sector through our links with Willow Wood hospice.
- In Year 9 the focus is on the Pathways programme, this includes an evening for parents.
- In Year 9 or 10 a group of pupils interested in financial careers can spend time with Barclays Bank in Manchester, this includes a branch takeover.
- In Year 10 all pupils have the opportunity to take part in two weeks of work experience, they can find their own placements or select from a range provided by school.
- During Year 10 and/or 11 we invite parents to our Apprenticeships fair, post-16 evening and ‘Next-steps’ where parents and pupils have the opportunity of meeting employers, past pupils and university representatives.
- Year 11 pupils have the opportunity of having a mock interview thanks to a range of volunteers who visit school.
Any pupil who would like a careers interview can request one by seeing Mr Musiol.
Any colleges or employers who would like to work with the school should read our provider access policy.
The guidance for our Year 9 boys and their Parents & Carers, about the KS4 Pathways Programme at West Hill School can be found on our KS4 Pathways page.
Details of the curriculum topics can be found on our IDP page.
How we Measure and Assess the Impact of our Careers Programme
External accreditation with Positive Steps. This involves an annual review and reaccreditation of the Quality in Careers Standard every three years.
Self-review using the Compass tool with measures progress towards meeting the Gatsby benchmarks.
Self-review against published guidance and statutory documentation.
Destination measures which are published annually.
Student, parent and staff voice following events, careers fairs and workplace visits.
Feedback from employers, and visiting partners.
Evaluation of feedback from employers and participants in work experience.
When we review our Careers Programme
The planned programme of lessons is reviewed during June each year.
Our annual reviews are completed during the Summer term each year.
Evaluation and amendment of the careers programme of events takes place in September each year.
Our next full review of the Quality in Careers standard will be in 2021.
On the evening of Thursday 25th February 2016 a seminar event took place in the Hewitt Building for Boys in Years 10 & 11 and their Parents/Carers.