Careers lead: Trixie Clarke, email: , tel: (01989) 760391
Careers advisor: Hayley Knapper, email: tel: (01989) 760385
Review date: April 2021, reviewees: Diane Hudson (Trustee) & Trixie Clarke
At John Kyrle High School we are proud of our students and do everything we can to help them prepare for the future. All staff do their very best to ensure every one of our students is happy, healthy and successful. We are committed to providing all our students in Years 7 to 13 with a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance. All students are encouraged to make informed decisions whilst investigating possible career choices. We aim to inspire our young people through their experience of the whole curriculum whilst raising aspiration and providing quality and diversity.
Careers education is delivered by tutors in all year groups, in conjunction with the school’s dedicated careers programme.
The careers programme also incorporates Unifrog, a single, impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices, and submit the strongest applications.
Unifrog is a one-stop-shop for students across all year groups regardless of academic ability.
There are many strengths to Unifrog, including great layout, intuitive design and ease of use. Staff are an integral part of the process and they can track and encourage students to search for and compare opportunities available to them.
Year 7 students look at the skills they already have and learn to develop new skills required by future employers in the wider world.
Year 8 students continue this process, moving on to building their own personal CVs.
Year 9 is options year, when students choose which subjects to study at GCSE and, therefore, progression routes for post-16 are looked at in detail.
In Year 10 Hereford and Ludlow College and Gloucestershire College visit school to deliver informative assemblies. Students are able to access further information from a variety of visiting colleges, employers and members of the armed forces during drop-in sessions which take place every half term at lunchtimes.
Year 11 students have dedicated one-to-one interviews with our careers advisor, Mrs Knapper, who is able to discuss options and provide information on A levels, college courses and apprenticeships.
In addition, Year 11s receive information from local training providers and colleges via assemblies. Furthermore, they too have access to drop-in sessions which are held at lunchtimes every half term, enabling them to receive first hand information from visiting training providers, colleges, employers and the armed forces.
Year 12 & 13 students both have access to the careers convention and also attend a national UCAS conference with universities, careers and gap year advice in Bristol during the spring term. Our 'happy, healthy, successful' programme includes advice on apprenticeships, gap year and university finance. Tutors play a key role in supporting students through their chosen pathway and all students receive mentoring from the Head of sixth form and advice and guidance from Mrs Knapper.
What is the impact of the careers programme on students at John Kyrle High School?
NEET figures show that 0.7% of the Year 11 cohort (2019) are Neither in Education, Employment or Training. This demonstrates the high quality impartial advice and guidance being given to every student when selecting subjects, courses and other relevant pathways beyond school.
Over 400 students and parents/carers attend the annual careers convention, where approximately 45 further education, higher education and employers are present. Impact can be seen in the quality of conversation held by students when investigating possible career choices as well as discussion surrounding their personal development, education and training.
John Kyrle Sixth Form was graded top 2% nationally by the ALPS organisation for its 2019 results. Careers provision plays a key role in motivating students and helping them realise their ambitions. Impact is seen in university entrance which stands at over 85% of the year group with 30% of applicants ultimately attending Russell Group institutes including Oxbridge. Our students also access higher apprenticeships with national and international firms, undertake charitable work globally on gap years and some go to Higher Education college particularly for Art Foundation. Careers provisions is essential in fostering and realising these ambitions.
At John Kyrle we hold an annual careers convention. This is our flagship careers event and attracts a host of universities from all over the country, as well as colleges from Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. We also have many local and national employers in attendance, plus local training providers to discuss apprenticeship opportunities. Student and parent/carer attendance is always very high at the convention and we encourage students from all years to attend, enabling them to benefit from an invaluable opportunity at each key stage of their careers programme.
Some of the attendees at previous careers conventions include:
Testimonials from students, parents/carers, students and exhibitors who attended:
"We would most definitely like to attend again."
"Best careers evening I have ever attended."
"A well-attended event with suitably-prepared, confident students."
"A great idea to get children thinking about career paths at an early age."
"A fantastic range of exhibitors."
"Informative presentations and representatives from a range of providers."
Our careers department works very closely with a number of providers throughout Herefordshire and Gloucestershire to enhance the opportunities available to John Kyrle students. During Year 11 students are given one-to-one support to discuss college courses and to ensure they are fully aware of the choices available to them.
Mrs Knapper, our careers advisor, would like you to be aware that, if after your interview/s you are offered more than one place, you should accept them both and wait until you receive your results in August before making any final decision as to which route you wish to take.
Some of the colleges we work closely with are found below, please click on the logo to go to their main website:
Our careers department works very closely with a number of training providers throughout Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, to assist our students towards the next step on their chosen career programme.
During Year 11, students are given one-to-one support to discuss training providers who support apprenticeships in their chosen career path and apprenticeship vacancies that are available to them locally.
Mrs Knapper, our careers advisor, advises that apprenticeship applications are ongoing with more vacancies being advertised from Easter onwards. Furthermore, national companies have earlier closing dates and, therefore, students need to search specific company websites for more information.
Some of the training providers that we work closely with are found below; please click on the logo to go to their main website:
At John Kyrle High School we value work experience and we are able to assist students with a bespoke package appropriate to their future career plans.
Any potential work placement should be discussed with Mrs Knapper at least 14 days in advance of the potential start date. Paperwork relevant to the placement has to be completed and returned to Mrs Knapper, for approval by senior staff who will look at each request on an individual basis.
Previous placements include: Hereford Hospital, Royal National college for the Blind, Gloucestershire County Council, Ross Gazette, Harrison Clarke Rickerbys, PGL and Ross Court. Students who have undertaken work experience speak highly of it.
"My placement has been amazing - I've even learned CPR!" (Sixth Form Student)
"I have really enjoyed my placement and would love to work in this profession on leaving school. I have been taught about confidentiality, data protection and lots about health and safety." (Sixth Form Student)
"My placement is great - I have learned how to connect with younger children and would definitely like to do this kind of work in the future." (Sixth Form Student)
"I used lots of skills - communicating with others with additional needs, IT and time management. (Year 11 Student)
"My daughter gained invaluable experience as an outdoor instructor at her PGL work experience. She got fully involved with the activities as well as the behind-the-scenes jobs such as the washing/cleaning and administration. It gave her an insight into the role as well as a taster of what it is like to work with children." (parent of a Year 11 student)
"This opportunity has been very beneficial to my daughter. So far it’s given her an insight into the NHS as an organisation and into the area she wants to go into, Midwifery/Nursing. It has allowed her to discuss her thoughts and ideas, with people that are working at the interface of the NHS and help her to decide for sure if this is the area she wants to go into.
She has been able to explore her options for when she applies to university and has met other people who have already done this. I think it’s a great way to network." (parent of a sixth form student)
"My son looks forward to his work experience at Berry Hill Primary School and comes home with positive feedback on how he enjoys working with the children, especially listening to the children read. I understand that this term he will be having more interaction in the classroom regarding teaching experience.
I feel that work experience is very valuable. It helps one to get an understanding of the job and help to decide whether the post is suitable for them before engaging in a long educational qualification." (parent of a sixth form student)
"The careers programme at John Kyrle High School gives students an idea of the real world and how education fits into work, particularly maths. The programme also enables students to decide whether at 16 they are ready for an apprenticeship, or if they feel that further education will help them to mature even more before entering the full-time world of work." (Mrs Malsom, WyeLearn Centre Manager)
“Work experience is valuable for students and it can help them to maintain focus once they get a flavour for the world of work. Being able to get a placement which allows them first-hand experience of a particular career can provide them with the determination and direction to complete their studies and raise their aspirations.” (Mr Penny, Head of Year)
The Gatsby Benchmark
At John Kyrle we use the Gatsby Benchmark as a framework of eight guidelines to ensure the best careers provision. Our careers strategy is built around them and we use them to plan and improve our programme.
Labour Market Profile
Herefordshire is made up of 189,300 people with 49% males and 51% females.
Herefordshire has lower unemployment but also lower wages and a lower proportion of dull-time employees, than both national and regional averages.
The three biggest industries by employee job numbers in Herefordshire account for:
50% of all jobs
63% in full-time jobs
37% in part-time jobs
Wholesale and retail trade (17.3%)
Health & social work activities (17.3%)
Employment numbers for Herefordshire by Occupation (2019 - 20)
Gross Weekly Pay for Herefordshire
(2019) 486 pounds per week
National Careers Service: Provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. this is supported by qualified careers advisors.
Find an Apprenticeship: Search and apply for an apprenticeship in England.
Unistats: The official website for comparing UK higher education undergraduate course data. The site includes information on university and college courses, Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) ratings, student satisfaction scores from the National Student Survey, employment outcomes and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.