The Careers Team
- Mrs J Bhangal Careers Leader and Asst. Vice Principal
- Mrs T Barnes Student Development Manager, Careers Advisor and Work Experience Coordinator
- Mrs C Codner Enterprise Co-ordinator
- Mr P Henderson Enterprise Advisor
- Mrs C Thomas Link Governor
Aldersley School delivers independent careers guidance for all year 7 to 13 students in accordance with ‘The Government’s Careers Strategy’ published in December 2018. In line with our school vision and ethos here at Aldersley High School, we aim to provide a rounded, fair and challenging careers programme for our young people that challenges stereotypes, raises aspirations, and showcases the equality of opportunity that is accessible to today’s learners when being provided with outstanding guidance.
The CEIAG programme is designed to support the school’s academic curriculum to allow all student career choices to be formed out of their experience, progress and achievements, learning and work. All young people will benefit from a planned programme of activities to help them make curriculum choices that are right for them and to develop the personal resources and readiness that will enable them to manage their careers throughout their lives. All of our staff (be those teaching, leadership or support), maintain high aspirations for all of our young people and mentor and coach each individual to have the highest aspirations for themselves. There is a team focus on ensuring each child is aware of how the choices they make with their learning will impact their future careers, lifestyle and wellbeing.
Planned careers education and development activities will enable students;
- To develop knowledge and understanding of themselves and others as individuals – their strengths and limitations, abilities, personal qualities, potential, attitudes and values.
- To raise aspirations and increase awareness of the world in which they live and the wide range of education, training, employment and other career opportunities.
- To make informed choices about their own continuing progression and development, in education and employment.
- To cope with change and manage effectively the transitions through school, and to further education, working and adult life.
Aldersley High School have adopted the Gatsby Benchmarks as a foundation for measuring the quality of the CEIAG that we provide, making good use of the Compass tool to track our progress against the Benchmarks over time. Aldersley High School has also been awarded the Quality in Careers Standard Award that recognises the Gatsby Benchmarks and continues to develop the Award criteria around these Benchmarks. The School’s CEIAG programme will continue to work towards achieving the standards and meeting all Gatsby Benchmarks through careful planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluation of the different events and activities.
To ensure that we provide a stable yet inspiring careers programme, we have several working partnerships with a range of different providers. We are a Black Country Careers Hub School which allows us to access additional opportunities for our students, and is fundamental in continuing to develop our careers programme. We also work with the DWP, Amethyst Aspire Business Partners, Wolves Community Trust, a range of Further Education and Higher Education Institutions and many others. In partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership, we hold several careers fairs over a school year and make our young people available to a range of institutions at parents’ evenings and in curriculum time, so as to provide impartial access to all pathways.