At Bournville School we believe that all students deserve the best opportunities for their future, and we are proud to say that we help all students to progress onto positive destinations. All students in year 7 through to year 11 are given regular opportunities to learn about possible future careers through the PSHE curriculum, as well as careers interviews with an independent careers adviser. Extra-curricular opportunities include careers fairs and mock interview days. This curriculum is in the process of being aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks and will be securely in place by September 2020 with regular reviews using feedback from all involved.

As a school we assess the impact of the careers programme through both our NEET data (not in education, employment or training, currently 0%), destinations data (where our students move on to) and from what our students tell us through student voice. This gives us the information we need to make sure the content is of use to our students, and that they have all the help they need to take the next steps in their life. All careers events are evaluated to assess their effectiveness.

This will be reviewed annually. Next review March 2020.

Careers email address and telephone number

[email protected]
0121 475 3881

Subject Leaders for Careers

Victoria Meaney
[email protected]
Rhian Field
[email protected]

Independent Careers Advisor

Gurjit Matto
[email protected]

Information for parents and carers

Careers Curriculum Overview

Year 7
Transition. Are the students happy? Do they know who to speak to in different situations? By being happy in school they will be able to focus on their education and be ready to decide where their education will take them.

Year 8
Options. By getting the students thinking about the GCSE options process early we are giving students the time to really think about where they want their subjects to take them in the future. For some the career path is already chosen and now the subjects need to be picked. For others the options are all still open and guidance is needed on how to pick their subjects.

Year 9
Extra-curricular. In the next few years all students will need to be able to show why they should be chosen over other students, whether it be for; work experience, college, apprenticeships, sixth form, university or a job. By looking at all the chances open to our students they are able to see how they can broaden their horizons and develop skills that will put them above the rest.

Year 10
Work experience. We want our students to be able to choose their careers. By having a one week work experience in the summer students will be able to see what their career will be like. For some it will be a needed opportunity to fulfil an entry requirement for post 16 or further education places.
Step by step instructions
Work experience booklet
Details form

Year 11
Post 16. All students in year 11 need to decide where they want to be next year. For some they are already clear with their choices. This half term the focus of PSHE is research and key information on where they can go and what they can do after they leave us at Bournville School.
Open event dates

Support for students

If you would like to speak to someone about anything to do with careers you can speak to;
• Mrs. Matto is in school Tuesday and Wednesday, you can speak to her in any of your social time.
• Mrs Meaney, E17
• Mrs Field, E25

Online resources
There are many resources available online.
Careers advice and CV writing tools. To sign up, use the license code b301qj.

The government website with apprenticeships advice and search tools. Apprenticeships
Search engine for finding post 16 placements. UCAS Progress
Search engine for finding apprenticeships. All About Apprenticeships

Note to Employers and Education Providers

As part of Bournville School’s commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training routes on offer to them, Bournville School is happy to consider requests from training providers, vocational education and apprenticeship providers to speak to students and will also approach these partners ourselves when planning organising key careers events throughout the school year.
In the first instance, providers wishing to speak with students should consult our calendar of careers events published on the school website as we would welcome their input at our main careers events throughout the school year:

These events provide ample opportunities to speak to students and parents both individually and in groups to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship routes. These are usually held in the school hall and timings, facilities and parking and registration details are emailed to exhibitors in good time before the event. Enquires about these events can be made to Bournville School careers leaders using this e-mail address:
[email protected].

We also have a number of whole year group assembly slots which offer providers a short opportunity to quickly spread the word about their offer. These are 20 minutes slots to a whole year group of around 140 students in our main assembly hall which has a whiteboard projector and speakers for sound. If you are a provider and would like to enquire on the availability of assembly slots please email our careers leaders using the address [email protected]
to request a careers visitor booking form and complete the assembly request section.

If a provider is unable to attend these events or feels that their presentation needs require different circumstances or that they are hosting an event they wish to promote, in the first instance they should contact our careers leaders.

The careers visitor booking form asks for the role of the training, vocational or apprenticeship provider you represent, the aim of the presentation, if the request is for an assembly slot, the number of students the presentation or session is designed for, the length of the talk or presentation, the target year group for the session or presentation, what display or other facilities the session would require, how many provider staff (and names of staff) that will be visiting and what support from school staff you would require on the day.

All requests should be emailed at least 6 weeks (a school half term) in advance an expected date for the planned session. All requests will be given due consideration by Bournville School’s careers leaders and the Senior Leadership Team and requests will be refused if:
• they impinge on students preparation for public or internal exams
• they clash with other school events such as visits, other speakers, well-being days, school photographs, sports days, public or internal exams, parents communication events etc
• the school is unable to provide staff to support the presentation or talk due to previous commitments
• rooming for the talk or event is unable to be found due to timetabling clashes

Responses to requests will come from the school careers leaders. For requests that are approved, Bournville School will provide clear instructions before the event on visitor parking, visitor registration, a contact member of staff and their contact details, the teaching room or school hall to be used at the session and the presentation facilities this space offers.

As part of Bournville School’s wider careers policy, the range of careers provision for students is reported every academic year to the school governing body and Headteacher.

If you have questions regarding this or Bournville School’s wider careers statement document, please do not hesitate to contact our careers leaders at [email protected].