Careers

The Careers Leader at Becket Keys Church of England School is Head of PSHE, Miss Katie North. She can be reached via office@becketkeys.org or on 01277 286600.  
Visit our "Careers Explorer" page here:

We aim to give our students quality information, advice and guidance to help inform their choice of Sixth Form, 16-18 qualifications, higher education and future career.

We do this by:

  • Ensuring that careers information runs through the curriculum, via our PSHE lessons and tutor resources (including VotesForSchools which feature a careers focus for every week of the year) and a free careers advice website here.
  • Ensuring that departments link learning in their subject areas to future careers through their teaching and through displays and other information provided in the learning environments. 
  • Running Enrichment Days three times per year every year. The days often involve a chance to profile their interests and skills; try taster sessions in new subjects; and speak to people working in various different careers. 
  • Providing and using 'Careers Explorer' with all students, offering independent and free careers/courses advice. 
  • Ensuring that every Year 9 student has a 1:1 interview with their tutor/head of year/ a senior member of staff to discuss and agree their GCSE options. 
  • Ensuring that every Year 11 student has at least one 1:1 interview with a senior member of staff to discuss their post 16 options.
  • Running a Year 9 information Evening in January, to which every family is invited.
  • Running a Year 11 Information Evening in September/October to which all Year 11s are invited to explain our sixth form provision. 
  • Organising for alternative providers to come in and speak to our Year 11s.
  • Attending 'Opportunity Thurrock' (the largest educational and careers fair in the local districts) with Year 9 every year. 
  • Arranging visits and tours of local colleges for Year 11s. 
  • Supporting all SEN students with individual careers advice. 
  • Inviting speakers from local apprenticeship providers to come and visit the school. 
  • Arranging regular visits for students to workplace environments. 
  • Having oversight of Work Experience opportunities that students and families arrange for themselves and making sure that all students who want help arranging such opportunities are assisted. We particularly engage with Pupil Premium students at such points to ensure that they are having rich and varied experiences. 

We review our provision through obtaining regular feedback from parents and students. In the academic year 2018-19 our focus is on looking to expand the number of encounters our students have with employers.

Superb Sixth Form Provision

  • Mock interviews for jobs and UCAS, help with all application forms and writing CVs. 
  • Share information of opportunities for visits and trips that are free for students
  • Arrange for visiting speakers from universities to come in and address groups of students:
    • Oxbridge
    • Medics
    • Law
  • Students given release time to undertake Work Experience
  • UCAS Exhbition in London Excel Arena
  • Visits to Financial Institutions in London
  • Free Access to Unifrog
  • Free Access to Careers Explorer
  • Superb 1:1 guidance on UCAS applications and statements
  • Use of Pathways Apprenticeship Programme
  • Use of Essex Skills Apprenticeship Hub
    • Face to face mentoring
    • Phone hotline mentoring

Excellent Year 11 Provision

  • Sixth Former For A Day
  • Regular consultations with senior staff
  • Free Access to Careers Explorer
  • Sixth Form Information Evening
  • SENCO and Assistant SENCO support for Lower Ability Students to find the right destinations
  • 1:1 Interviews with Senior Staff including careers advice, course advice and guidance
  • 1:1 Mentoring and small group support sessions after school
  • Bridging Week after Exams to assist in making the move to Sixth Form
  • Bridging Work for the Summer Holiday
  • Trips to Cambridge as part of Bridging Week

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