Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to our students at King Henry VIII School. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future.
Mrs Sally Pike and Miss Natasha Ayres are qualified and experienced Careers Advisers, who will provide engaging one to one careers advice, guidance and support to all students at key transition points, giving students positive direction for post-school choices. They also work closely with the Heads of Year to support the delivery of an inspiring careers education package within PSHE.
Mrs Pike’s time is spent with sixth form students, supporting them with their research into options beyond King Henry’s. With many of our students applying to university, she offers advice and feedback on Personal Statement writing for the UCAS application, and organises practice mock interviews to the year group in Yr13.
Miss Ayres supports the pre-16 students, with a particular focus on Yr9 students choosing their GCSE options, and Yr11 students making their decisions about post-16 choices.
The School boasts an excellent Careers Library containing information on hundreds of careers. There is an impressive set of guides to support Higher Education choices, and advice on making UCAS applications. Other books provide information on Gap Year opportunities, study abroad, student funding, and information on graduate destinations. There is an expanding section on current Degree Apprenticeships as well. Additionally, the careers and HE platform UniFrog is available for students to access a wide range of resources to support their exploration and to help with super-curricular opportunities.
The excellent academic teaching at King Henry VIII School is fully supported by the Careers Department, enabling students to confidently navigate their way through the options beyond sixth form.