Careers Guidance

Our Aim

At Epsom and Ewell High School we see it our duty to offer a bespoke careers guidance and support package to students. We recognise that we serve a suburban community on the boarder of 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 in 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.
     

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 & 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 where identified early and had specialist provision put in place ensure 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.