At The Birkenhead Park School, Careers is a vital part of the school curriculum. It gives students hope, ambition, and provides them with the knowledge to succeed in their future. Careers is delivered to Years 7-11 with the aim of all students gaining as much realistic and engaging opportunities as possible during their time at the school, which will allow them to realise their true potential.
The Birkenhead park School is part of the Liverpool City Region Careers Hub, and is committed to working towards the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance.
For more information and questions relating to our careers programme or progressions, please contact:
Student Engagement Co-ordinator
Tel: 0151 652 1574
A young person's career reflects the choices and progress they make in learning and work. Throughout Secondary School, pupils will begin thinking about the next stages of their personal development, considering the options available to them and what paths they may begin to take. It is part of our mission at Birkenhead Park School that all learners have a planned programme of activities to help them make those decisions. Through impartial guidance, we equip pupils to be able to manage their careers effectively, sustain meaningful employment and achieve a greater level of personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.
The natural progression for many of our students is to go on to study A Levels in Years 12 & 13 at The Birkenhead Sixth Form College, The Birkenhead Park School is partnered with the College to provide the best possible education for students after GCSEs. Please visit the College website for more information: www.bsfc.ac.uk
That said, for some pupils further education may not be the most suitable path. Some may want to take on an apprenticeship scheme for example and the school recognises that it is our responsibility to support pupils in making the best decisions for themselves at this important stage of their career. Whilst we work closely with every pupil throughout the school year, we've also put together a range of support information from local and national organisations that specialise in CV writing, careers advice and apprenticeships.
We recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure all pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from Year 8 (12-13 year olds) to Year 11 (15-16 year olds). [Education Act 1997, section 42A]
The governing body also recognises that it must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided:
- Is presented in an impartial manner.
- Includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways.
- Is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
We endeavour to follow best practice guidance from The Department for Education and other expert bodies such as Ofsted, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills and other professional bodies or published research as it becomes available.
We are committed to working towards a quality award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.
The careers programme at the school includes:
- Careers education sessions.
- Career guidance activities (i.e. group work and individual interviews).
- Information and research activities.
- Work-related learning and individual learning planning/portfolio activities.
Other focused events include:
- Further/Higher education visits throughout the year.
- ‘Make Me Employable’ week in July.
We measure the success of our careers provision against the following metrics:
- Achieve Gatsby benchmark.
- Reduction in NEETs over time.
- Attendance closer to national average.
- Positive student feedback.
- Increased number of students accessing first choice Post-16 destinations.