Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Loreto High School
At Loreto High School we aim to provide good quality, impartial advice and guidance, thereby ensuring all our students have the best possible foundation on which to base their future choices and pathways.
Advice is provided via our in-house Careers Co-ordinator Ms McLeod and our visiting Careers Advisor Ms Walker. The careers interview room is located on the second floor.
Students can make an appointment to see the careers advisor and parents are also invited to attend the interview. We also offer targeted support for any students who require extra help, advice and guidance. Careers information is also advertised on the CEIAG display boards on the main corridor.
Year 7 and Year 8
Students are encouraged to identify their qualities, skills and interests and explore future careers. They are supported as they undertake their own personal research in areas that maybe of interest to them. In Year 8 students select their GCSE option choices. We encourage students to look forward to their future life in work, offering support and advice on subject choices through our Options Evening and Y8 Careers Fair.
One Deep Learning day is dedicated to the Lionheart Challenge, a high energy and high impact Business Challenge. Our students are given a prime opportunity to learn Key Technical Business Disciplines (in Marketing, Finance, HR, Product Design etc) whilst, in tandem, gaining valuable and vital Core Enterprising and Transferrable Skills including the ability to overcome problems, team working and commitment to the task amongst many others.
Our ‘Careers and Life Skills’ week aims to help students prepare for the challenges of life after Loreto. We have excellent relationships with our local colleges and training providers and they deliver a number of informative talks and interactive sessions that seek to support our students in the decision making process. College Taster Days in July give each student the opportunity to experience college life for the day as well as sample a range of post 16 courses. Students also receive help and advice with CV writing, college applications and personal statements. The week culminates in a practice interview day that helps prepare students for the demands of interviews for college, apprenticeships and employment.
Regular lunchtime sessions are held offering support and guidance on the college application process and applying for an Apprenticeship in Year 11. These sessions are often supported by local sixth form colleges and training providers. Students interested in Apprenticeships are supported by group sessions to register with the National Apprenticeship Service, ensure CVs are up to date and students fully understand the application process. A carousel of visiting colleges are all planned and delivered to raise students’ awareness and aspirations.
Claire Walker – Careers Adviser for Loreto High School
Claire is Loreto High School’s Careers Adviser and has 20 years experience of working with schools, colleges and in the community, providing direct support to young people, via one to one interventions and group work in careers advice and guidance. Her support and advice enables students and young people to make well informed choices about what options they have, so they can make some important decisions about they will do when they leave school. These choices and decisions help students to make a smooth transition after Year 11, into their next stage of learning and training towards their chosen career path. Claire’s extensive experience of working in and around Manchester means that she has a great depth of knowledge and awareness of the range of options and choices available from colleges, 6th Forms, apprenticeship providers and university opportunities.
Alongside her direct support to children and young people, Claire has significant experience of mentoring and supporting schools, colleges and training providers in achieving recognised quality kite marks in careers education, information, advice & guidance, such as the Matrix standard and the three levels of the Inspiring IAG Award.
Claire feels passionately about offering accurate and timely advice to young people, in order for them to make appropriate choices as part of their journey into adulthood. She is committed to encouraging and supporting lifelong learning, participation & attainment, and helping young people to fully realise and achieve their full potential.
Claire will be in school each week on a Wednesday and Thursday, and will offer a lunchtime drop in session for anyone who needs to ask a question, outside of their planned careers advice appointment.
The following links offer support to students, parents and carers through the bewildering array of options and choices that they will face during their time at Loreto High School and beyond.
www.careersbox.co.uk– a free online library of careers related film, news and information.
The Labour Market
click here to find out useful information on the Greater Manchester labour market.
The link below provides details of a bursary fund available for students in particular need.
Parental Guidance. A website providing key information and support to parents as they help and advise young people in their transition from school to adult working life.
A Level Reform – click the link below for up to date information
The Russell Group of universities have produced a booklet giving advice on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as advice on the best choices if you don’t know what you want to study after school and need to keep your options open.
This website allows young people to search for post 16 courses across England and Wales.
Although this is a graduate careers website it provides excellent job information. There are approximately 400 job profiles which can be used to help make an informed career choice and gain a better understanding of what’s involved in a wide range of jobs.