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An Introduction

At Bentley Wood High School, we provide a comprehensive programme of careers education in line with the Government’s careers strategy, published on the 4 December 2017, which sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aim set out in the strategy to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. These benchmarks are: (1) To provide a stable careers programme; (2) Learning from career and labour market information; (3) Addressing the needs of each student; (4) Linking curriculum learning to careers; (5) Encounters with employers and employees; (6) Experiences of workplaces; (7) Encounters with further and higher education; and (8) Personal guidance. Further details can be obtained from:
New Careers Strategy - From January 2018.

Within Bentley Wood High School we are currently working towards achieving these benchmarks and a careers quality award.

Contact Details

Bentley Wood High School:  Telephone: 0208 954 3623

Mr K Robinson (Careers Leader – Assistant Headteacher)
krobinson@bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk

Mr T Maric (Head of 6th Form Careers – Assistant Headteacher)
tmaric@bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk

Mr S Roach (Careers Adviser) – Available Monday-Friday in the Careers Office (next to Room V3)
sroach@bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk

Student Career Leaders:

Melisha
Shumaisa
Nabihah 

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Bentley Wood High School for Girls: Provider Access Policy

Bentley Wood High School robustly tracks the destinations of all students when they leave our school. We are very proud of all our students who go on to further education, training or employment after finishing their GCSE’s or A Level’s with us.

At Bentley Wood High School we continually review and evaluate our provision to ensure that we provide the best possible experience for our students, families and local community. We run many ‘Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) events for all year groups always seek feedback from our students to ensure it meets their needs.

Measuring and assessing the impact of the careers programme on pupils
Throughout the academic year students are asked individuality and in groups about the impact of the careers programme on them, feedback is usually verbal, students sharing their thoughts and comments or written, through evaluation/feedback forms or through an online survey tool provided by Survey Monkey. As a school, we also listen to the feedback/comments from parents/guardians at Parent's Evenings, Year 8 Options Evening and the 6th Form Open Evening in assisting their child's future career and educational planning and the support they have received. We also regularly receive feedback from employers who have had students on Work Experience placements with them. Both teaching and non-teaching staff along with the students themselves also provide a guide in terms of measuring and assessing the impact of the careers programme on pupils through the final destination records obtained.

Review date of the information published
All information published on the careers page of this school's website will be reviewed at the start of each academic year and at any point when required.

National Careers Service helpline for students 
The helpline number 0800 100 900 will open for students from Thursday 16 August until Thursday 30 August (8am to 10pm seven days a week). Follow-on advice will be available from the National Careers Service to anyone that requires it after the 30 August.

Your Careers Entitlement:

Year Group

Careers Support

Years 7/8

Students experience a careers awareness morning where professionals from a range of different careers come in to talk to the students about their experiences.
Option Evening Event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance.
Parent’s Evening Event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance.
The School’s Careers Adviser offers Careers Drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
Careers Software Packages.
Careers/HE Fair.
Careers and supportive Educational Talks by Guests.

Year 9

Parent’s Evening Event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance.
The School’s Careers Adviser offers Careers Drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
Careers Software Packages.
Careers/HE Fair.
Careers and supportive Educational Talks by Guests.

Year 10

1 week Work Experience placement.
Year 10 Mock Interview Day.
Careers Guidance interviews for selected students.
Parent’s Evening Event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance.
The School’s Careers Adviser offers Careers Drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
Careers Software Packages.
Careers/HE Fair.
Careers & supportive Educational Talks by Guests.

Year 11

Careers Guidance interviews for ALL students.
6th Form and Options Evening.
Parent’s Evening Event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance.
The School’s Careers Adviser offers Careers Drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
Careers Software Packages.
Careers/HE Fair.
Careers and supportive Educational Talks by Guests.
GCSE Results Day support.

Year 12/13

Careers Guidance interviews for ALL students.
1 week or more Work Experience.
Parent’s Evening Event, where the school’s Careers Adviser is present to offer Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance.
The School’s Careers Adviser offers Careers Drop-in sessions on a Monday to Friday.
HOY/and Form Tutor referral opportunities to see the Careers Adviser.
Support within the PSCHEE Programme.
Careers Software Packages.
Careers/HE Fair.
Support with university visits.
Careers Talks by Guest Speakers.
A Level and AS Level Results Day support.
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Work Experience


Year 10 Block Work Experience

In an integral part of the Key Stage 4 school curriculum is the provision of a Work Experience Programme for all students in Year 10. The provider is the Education Development Trust (EDT), a charity that has provided careers guidance to students in Harrow for many years.

We have found Work Experience to be extremely beneficial to students in preparing them for entering the world of work. In particular, it should give them:

  • * A better understanding of the reality of working life and working relationships
  • * An opportunity to apply skills learned at school to the work environment
  • * An opportunity to gain more self confidence
  • Students usually go on Work Experience in the last week of the Summer term.
  • Your daughter has two options:
  • (1) to ask EDT to find a placement for her or
  • (2) for your daughter to find her own placement.
  • The students will receive no payment for this placement because they are still in full time education

All students have to complete the Work Experience Student Application Form which is given to them in October of Year 10.

On the same week as the Bentley Wood students will be out on work experience there are many other Harrow High schools also on work experience. It is therefore going to be a challenge to place students in their chosen job area. We very much welcome students using their family and friends’ networks to seek their own work placements.

In particular, if your daughter has an interest in the media, fashion, design, barristers or solicitors, you may want to help her find her placement. These placement opportunities are limited and difficult to get into. If your daughter is hoping to find her own placement, it is necessary for the employer to fill in the Self-Found Placement Form. Last year many of our students found their own placements.

Other Work Experience

At Bentley Wood , we strongly encourage students to undertake work experience whenever possible in other year groups.

This should ideally take place in the school holidays, althouigh leave of absence from school can sometimes be negotiated with your relevant Head of Year - make sure you have a chat with your Head of Year before signing up for any opportunities that arise.

Work Experience Opportunities

Regular work experience opportunities that come to our attention will be posted on this website and emailed to all relevant students as they often have quite tight timeframes for applications.

GSK

GSK run an extremely popular three day work experience programme in the February and October half terms called 'Molecule to Market' and based at their Stockley Park offices. Eligible year groups will be notified by email when applications open.

Cisco

Cisco run a technical and business based work experience programme in November and July every year called 'Pathway to Your Future' and open to Year 10 and 11 students. Relevant year groups will be directly emailed when applications are open.

EY

EY is a 'professional services' company, meaning that they provide assurance and accountancy help, assistance with tax affairs, consultancy and corporate transactions. They run a one week Business Acadeny programme for Year 12 students in the summer. Click on the logo below to find out more and apply.

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McLaren Automotive

McLaren Automotive offer a work experience programme for Year 10 and 11 students every year, usually with a February application deadline. Click on the logo below and search for 'work experience' to see if there are any opportunities currently on offer.

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The BBC

The BBC has four application windows every year and each one lasts two weeks. There are several categories of work experience available at four locations. You can only choose one category in one location. There is no separate category for online work, but all of categories offer placements that have a strong interactive element.

When you choose your location and category and fill in your online application, they will ask you some questions about your interests and passion for your chosen placement. If you are successful, they will do their best to match you to a placement that’s right for you.

Every work experience placement is different, but they’re all designed to give you the opportunity to make the most of your time there. When you arrive, your Placement Manager will want to find out more about you and what you want to get out of your time. They’ll try to get you involved in the things that interest you most.

Remember that work experience is unpaid but it’s a learning experience and not a job.

To find out more and apply, click on the BBC logo below.

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Medical Work Experience

Click on the logo below to visit Premed Projects, an organisation offering medical work experience and shadowing in the UK. Note that there is a significant charge for this service.

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Law

Legal work experience can be very difficult to find, but the link to All About Law below provides you with some ideas. Remember that you can always visit a court during the school holidays and watch court proceedings. You don't usually need to ask for permission, but it might be polite to email them first - there is always a contact email on the court websites.

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Journalism

The Guardian newspaper run a series of short courses for aspiring journalists - some of them are run by well-known Guardian columnists.There is a fee for them, but quite a reasonable one. Click HERE to find out more.

Success at School

Click on the Success at School logo to visit a great list of current work experience opportunities to be applied for with a range of organisations such as the National Trust and JP Morgan.

 

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Prospects

The Prospects careers website has lots of useful tips on both work experience and volunteering. Click HERE to access the starter page. 

Rate My Apprenticeship

This website has an excellent guide to work experience, including a list of large companies and organisations that regularly offer it. Click HERE to read the feature.

Volunteering

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding. 

What could be better than a chance to make a difference AND make your CV look great AT THE SAME TIME!!!

 

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OPTIONS – Post 16


What are my Options?

Remember, the participation age has been raised, so you now have to stay in some sort of education or training until your 18th birthday. But you do have a number of options for the form this can take.

A Levels

The most popular option is to continue your studies into A Levels. You can do this at Bentley Wood or at another school with a sixth form or a sixth form college.  This provides you with the best basis to access university courses, although it's not the only way.

Apprenticeships

You can apply to do an apprenticeship, and get paid while you learn!  For further information on Apprenticeships follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Other College Courses

You can do a different course at a college.  This could be a diploma or a vocational qualification such as an NVQ, a City and Guilds or a BTEC.  Mr Roach, the school’s Careers Adviser, can help you with these. 

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all about school leavers

LMI (Labour market information)

Careers NEWS

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Careers and supportive Educational (CasE) Talks

Since September 2017 through to April 2018, the Careers Department have organised a programme of Careers and supportive Educational (CasE) Talks for all students here at Bentley Wood High School. The talks included a talk from King’s College London on Dentistry, a talk from the University of Cambridge on Applying to the University of Cambridge and a talk from Professor Silvana Tenreyro, from The London School of Economics and Political Science, who gave a talk on Economics as a university subject and as a career path.

Further exciting times lie ahead for the Careers Department as from September 2018

Please view a selections of the inspirational talks this year HERE