Careers Guidance

Mrs Blair-Park is Leventhorpe's Futures Adviser and meets with students in Years 9-13 to help steer them through the jungle of further education, training and employment.  Mrs Blair-Park meets with students during breaks and lunchtimes to discuss careers and work experience. Meetings with Year 9 students generally focus on their options and Insight into Industry, an annual event for Year 9 students that takes place after Christmas.  Meetings with Year 10 students generally focus on work experience, which takes place at the end of June, Year 11 meetings can be to discuss plans after year 11, including sixth form, college courses and apprenticeships. Students in Years 12-13 meetings, where possible during their free periods, revolve around futures advice, work experience and UCAS.  Students can speak with Mrs Blair-Park about making appointments at any time. 

Career Activities Calendar

Year 9 Insight into Industry – Thursday 26th January
Year 8 Careers Activity - TBC
Year 10 Mock Interviews – TBC
Year 12 Work Experience – Monday 12th June – Friday 16th June
Year 10 Work Experience - Monday 26th June- Friday 30th June
Year 12 Futures Day – Tuesday 4th July
Year 11  Post 11 Review Interviews and Youth Connexions, students will be advised of times.

Independent Careers advice and guidance

Meetings with Youth Connexions can also be set up for students in Years 10-13.  Our Youth Connexions Personal Advisor for this year is Clair Bilby. Clair will be in school on Mondays and parents/carers are invited to attend these meetings. If you would like an appointment made for your son or daughter please contact Mrs Blair-Park to book the meeting.

Year 12 Work Experience

All year 12’s will have the opportunity this year for work experience the week beginning Monday 12th June. Students will be encouraged to find a suitable placement themselves. More details to follow but any questions to Mrs Blair-Park.

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 Work experience will run from the week beginning Monday 26th June. Year 10 will have an assembly at the end of November 2016 telling them all about work experience, followed by a letter to Parents. Any questions please phone or email Mrs Blair-Park.

Year 12’s & 13‘s Opportunities Board

The board is in the common room displaying different opportunities from apprenticeship & job fairs, volunteering, part time work and open days. Students, please take a look as it will be updated regularly.

Useful Further Education and Career Websites

Which University? Information about what and where to study. You can also click here to see where our last Sixth Form leavers have gone on to.

Work Experience

Work experience is an opportunity for young people to learn and practise some of the skills they need to succeed in the business world. It supports their personal growth by:

  • Developing social skills, increasing confidence and promoting a sense of responsibility and independence;
  • Providing valuable and realistic insight into the world of work and up to date practices;
  • Providing information to help inform their decision making about the future career plans and may in some cases lead to offers of part-time employment.

Private Placements

A Private placement is where you have found your own placement by either direct contact to a company or have been offered a placement through a family or friend contact. If you have found your own private placement please complete the letter with the correct contact details. Please let the placement know that the school will be in contact with them to confirm the correct insurance and Health & Safety is in place.

Any questions do not hesitate to contact Mrs Blair-Park.

What Types of Placements are Suitable?

All employers who offer placements will be required to meet with specific requirements including private placements. These exist to make sure your child gets the best possible opportunity to learn in a safe environment. All employers must:

  • Have up to date Public Liability and Employers Liability Insurance cover;
  • Provide an opportunity for students to undertake relevant and realistic tasks that develop skills and confidence;
  • Provide adequate supervision and support;
  • Have assessed the likely risks for the Student and have appropriate safety systems in place.

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