Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
At St Peter’s we actively encourage and inspire young people to take ownership of their career plans and to consider all options open to them so that they are able to select the best way forward for their aspirations, abilities, interests and learning styles.
We encourage students to think broadly and ambitiously about their future education and career options and to consider current labour market conditions to ensure they make well informed decisions about their futures. This is strengthened by excellent relationships and contact with independent careers advisers, local employers, training providers, colleges, universities and school alumni.
Our extensive careers education programme ensures students in years 7-13 receive timely information, advice and guidance regarding the full range of options available to assist them to make informed decisions about their next steps in education, training or employment.
The Careers Service in school is provided by Head of Careers, Mrs Sarah Beeton, and is supported by Mr Mark Whitehead, an independent Careers Adviser
Where to find us
In the Careers office at the bottom of the maths block.
The office is staffed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Any student is welcome to drop by during break times and lunchtime or to email appointment requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
One to one guidance appointments are available during the school day and, wherever possible, are arranged in free periods for sixth form students and by agreement with teaching staff in KS3 and KS4.
How can careers staff help you?
One to one guidance interviews are client centred, whereby you set the agenda for the interview. You have the opportunity to discuss your career plans and to consider a wide range of options that best suit your aspirations, strengths, abilities and learning styles. By providing individualised and impartial information, advice and guidance, we can help you to:
· Research your career ideas,
· Investigate learning and work opportunities,
· Research the local and national labour market,
· Evaluate your options and decide on the action needed,
· Make year 10 and sixth form/post 16 and post 18 option choices
· Prepare a CV,
· Apply for part time employment or Apprenticeships,
· Discuss university courses,
· Find a work experience placement (Yr,12 & 13)
Further opportunities and information available here: www.stpeterscareers.wordpress.com
It is never too soon to start exploring your career ideas. Why not visit the school library where you can access a wide range of books to help you explore different career ideas. Alternatively, try looking at the wide range of careers websites that are available as they may help when choosing your year 10 options pathway:
In year 11 you will need to make some important decisions about your future pathways. Exploring your career ideas will be really useful.
In addition to the careers activities which you will cover in class, you might also want to talk through your ideas and plans with a registered careers adviser. One to one appointments can be made by calling in at the careers centre.
Useful Careers websites
Further opportunities and information available here: www.stpeterscareers.wordpress.com Apprenticeship vacancies, labour market information, careers information etc
Whether you have a career in mind or not, Plotr can help you discover your future career. Register and play the “Game” to discover jobs that match your personality, interests and skills and look at what the world of work is really like.
Careerpilot A good website with local information about job sectors and option choices
If you’d rather listen than read, then try watching some of the podcasts and short videos of people talking about their jobs on icould.
If you are aged 13 and over you can also access lots of useful careers information and talk to a trained careers adviser from the National Careers Service.
https://successatschool.org is a place for you to explore careers and employers as well as search for vacancies.
In addition there is a wealth of excellent information available on the web. Take a look at some of these websites:
Total Professions enables you to explore a wide range of professional careers and provides information and articles to inspire you to achieve your dream career.
World of Work Another excellent resource to find out about jobs in the south west region.
Careersbox Career films on the web
Click here to find out about careers in the NHS
Sixth Form Careers
University? Apprenticeship? Sponsored Degree? Employment?
There are a wide range of possibilities so planning your progression from the sixth form is vital. To ensure you are well informed about the range of opportunities available to you, regularly check out the Careers Blog available on www.stpeterscareers.wordpress.com This contains links to a wide range of websites, information pages, labour market information, Apprenticeship and employment opportunities, specific careers information and relevant news items. This website is a ‘one stop shop for careers information’.
Further personalised guidance is however available from personal tutors and from registered careers advisers in the careers centre.
You can also access a wide range of useful careers information and talk to a trained careers adviser from the National Careers Service.
Careers appointments can be made by dropping into the Careers Centre or e-mailing Mrs Beeton at
Introducing students to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
“People Like Me” Careers Event delivered by Graphic Science, October 2016
Graphic Science, a communications and education consultancy, specialising in taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to a variety of audiences, came into school with four STEM Ambassadors from a range of organisations to deliver an activity called “People Like Me”. This activity; developed by Women In Science and Engineering (WISE); aims to encourage girls to research and consider careers in a range of “STEM” sectors.
The morning started with a STEM Careers activity, where the girls listened to a short presentation, before completing a STEM skills mapping activity (which was really eye-opening). This was then followed by a range of talks by the female STEM Ambassadors about their role and industry and concluded with a Q&A session.
The student feedback from the session was excellent. Our thanks go to:
Caroline John, STEM Manager, Graphic Science,
Lucy Ackland, Design and Development Engineer, Renishaw
Alicia Gonzalez Buelga, Research Engineer, University of Bristol
Susie Jutsum, Geotechnical Engineer, Tony Gee
Maggie Davis, IT Support Specialist, Tata Consultancy