Careers

Our Aim

At Epsom and Ewell High School we see it our duty to offer a bespoke careers guidance and support package to our students. We recognise that we serve a suburban community in Greater London with a diverse socio economic make up. As a result, we strive to raise students’ aspirations and promote students’ awareness of a wider range of career pathways, helping them to make well informed, realistic decisions about their future.

Careers in the Curriculum

We have appointed a qualified member of staff, with a specific budget to manage careers guidance within the school. Furthermore we have put in place a comprehensive and robust programme of support, delivered through the curriculum in years 7-13. This has expanded students’ access to a range of opportunities including advice tailored to the individual needs and circumstances of the students.

Action taken

To improve the quality of provision for careers we have:

  • Initiated a programme of impartial careers advice and guidance.
  • Attended careers fairs across the south east.
  • Visited a wide range of universities including Oxbridge.
  • Invited representatives from employers as well as from further and higher education institutions to talk to our students.
  • Ensured that students have access to apprenticeship talks and employer visits.
  • Put students through mock job interviews so they are fully equipped to seek employment.
  • Bought into software programmes which allow students to independently search for their chosen path.
  • Embedded careers into the pastoral programme.
  • Invited ex-students to return to EEHS to speak about their experiences since leaving school.
  • Employed an external and impartial careers service to work with students in a more focussed way.

Targeted Intervention

The school has designed a tailor made ‘when I grow up’ programme. This is designed to raise aspirations of students in years 10 and 11 and comprises of priority careers interviews, visits to further and higher education institutes and regular follow-up sessions. The programme offers a range of activities which are designed to discuss and challenge stereotyping and gender issues.

Outcomes

  • 80% of our year 13 leavers went to university with 100% of students who applied attending either their first or second choice.18% entered employment or apprenticeships with 2% taking a ‘gap year’
  • 100% year 11 students left with a place on a further education course or apprenticeship, 70% attended the EEHS sixth form.
  • All RONI students, who were identified early and with specialist provision put in place, had a successful pathway into further education.
  • The school has established successful links with local business to further develop the school to work transition.

Next Steps

  • Consistently promote the careers guidance we offer to parents and carers.
  • Increase the number of links with local business to ensure all of our students have appropriate provision for work and placements.