A programme of careers advice and guidance is offered to students throughout their time in the Grammar School and Sixth Form College. All students are given opportunities to evaluate their own skills, consider career paths and investigate their suitability and the requirements for their chosen path – be this employment or university focussed.

Students in Year 9 are given structured guidance relating to subject choices for Key Stage 4. This guidance is supported via the target setting programme, discussion with teaching staff and parents. An options evening is calendared during the Lent term.

As part of our sixth form and tutorial college offer we are able to deliver extensive, personalised preparation for university applications including Oxbridge. Once they begin the sixth form, the students will have individual tutorials to support them with their personal statements, visits from university staff and visits to university open days. Preparation for Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine will include interview skills and subject specific support. All delivered by experts with a proven record of success.

For those students not considering university we offer bespoke careers advice including support with interview skills and the preparation of letters of application. We expect all of our sixth form students to participate in a period of work experience linked to their career or university application. This is managed by our college staff who support the students to find appropriate placements.

In addition to the academic side of post 16 education, we are keen to develop the potential and interests of every one of our students. We offer opportunities for young people to expand existing interests, discover new talents and develop their leadership skills.

Work Experience

A change in government has brought about a change to the thoughts about work experience. Previously statutory in KS4, it is no longer a requirement. This is based on the value which work experience brings to the education of young people. Too many were shoehorned into inappropriate placements or asked to make decisions about careers which they were not in a position to take. As a response to this situation, the coalition government has said that work experience is more appropriate in KS5 rather than KS4.

At Rastrick Independent School we believe that work experience placements can be a valuable asset to the curriculum if properly introduced and managed. We would seek to support our students in KS4 to take part in a work experience programme if, after consultation with the student, teaching staff and parents, it was deemed appropriate.

Students in KS5 will take part in work experience which will support the development of employability skills and enhance university applications to vocational courses such as medicine, teaching and law.