At Epsom and Ewell High School we consider 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.
We have put in place a comprehensive and robust programme of support, delivered through the curriculum in years 7-13. Additionally, we benefit from the support of Innervate career services, who provide ongoing personalised guidance to disadvantaged students in each year group. For year 7 - 10 they hold group sessions and for year 10 - 13 they also arrange one to one sessions. This has expanded students’ access to a range of opportunities including advice tailored to the individual needs and circumstances of the students.
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.
- 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.
The next steps
- To provide students with regular and meaningful encounters with employers and employees including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).
- Develop students interview skills so they are fully equipped to seek employment