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Careers & Guidance

Careers Education and Guidance at Valentines aims to: 

  •  Develop students’ knowledge and skills that will help them make informed, ambitious and appropriate choices at the end of each key stage: choosing KS4 options, applying to sixth form or college, applying to university, to employment or apprenticeships. 
  • Support them in making high quality applications for these destinations, developing their skills for the careers market of the future.

 

Careers Leadership and Information (CEG)

CEG at Valentines is led by Steve Woodley (Assistant Headteacher). To contact him, please email swo@valentines-sch.org.uk or call 020 8554 3608.  

For information about the programme please contact him directly. Parents and students may access information about careers and employment through the Careers subject page on Firefly. 


Information on the website will next be reviewed in January 2021. 

 

Valentines High School is using the Gatsby benchmarks to develop and evaluate the impact of careers education and guidance.  Please see the attachment below (Year by Year vs Gatsby to see how we are working to meet the benchmarks across the key stages.

This table shows when careers, education and guidance activities take place.  Due to COVID guidance these activities are subject to change and may take place virtually.

Summary of Careers Guidance 2020-21

 

View document careers_summary_2020.pdf

  

Measuring Impact 

Valentines measures the effectiveness and impact of CEG in the following ways: 

  • student destinations, progression to KS4, KS5, post 18 employment, education and training 
  • student voice feedback on provision
  • parental voice feedback 
  • feedback from employers, partner training providers, colleges and universities, teachers and governors

 

Destinations and retention to Key Stage 5

Year 13 Destinations 2019

Total 160

University       

142 (89%)

Russell Group     

39 (27%)

Apprenticeships 

1

HE College          

4 (2.5%)

Employment 

4 (2.5%)

Gap Year              

4 (2.5%)

NEET 

5 (3.1%)

 

Year 11 Destinations 2019

Total 176

Valentines Sixth Form    

129 (73%)

College/ FE provider       

39 (22%)

Other Sixth Form             

7 (4%)

Apprenticeships               

2 (1%)

NEET                        

0 (0%)

  

Valentines High School Provider Access Policy 

Opportunities for Access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers: Please see the summary above for details.  Access to school will be limited due to safety guidelines on COVID until further notice. Please contact the school if you wish to find out more.

 

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

 

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Labour Market Information:

https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157275/report.aspx?town=redbridge

Apprenticeships:

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Courses/Jobs/Careers

https://www.ucasprogress.com/search