Sale Grammar prides itself on giving its students impartial and detailed careers information, advice and guidance. Students at Sale Grammar have a wide range of careers education throughout their time at the school and this is outlined below.
The school was awarded the Bronze award in Careers Education and is now working towards the Silver standard.
Careers education throughout the school is co-ordinated by Mrs C Kivell and we are keen to work with local businesses to enhance the opportunities our students receive. If you are able to help in any way please contact the school office.
Key Stage Three
Years 7 and 8
Pupils in years 7 and 8 explore the world of work through their Skills for Life lessons. They play the Real Game where they assume adult job roles, make financial decisions and learn how to budget their money.
Year 8 students get to practice their entrepreneurial skills during active learning week through the enterprise challenge morning. Team working, communication and determination is needed to ensure they are successful.
Year 9 students embark on GCSE options choices and have a wide range of support in these important decisions. Students decide on their options by March of Year 9. Form tutors and subject staff help to guide the students into making the right choice for them. Time is spent in Skills for Life discussing personal qualities, interests and goals which help students make decisions. Students meet with the Connexions advisor in assembly, Skills for Life lessons and in small groups to discuss option choices. The Connexions advisor also runs informal drop in sessions in the library which allows Year 9 students to gain more advice on their GCSE options. All Year 9 students sample the "new" GCSE subjects within Skills for Life to enable them to make a more informed decision. Parents and Guardians are invited to the school to discuss GCSE options and the Connexions Advisor is available to discuss options at this event and at parents evening.
Year 9 students begin their ASDAN qualification through their Skills for Life lessons. They study units relating to "Preparation for Work" and "Managing Your Own Money". Both of these modules are designed to equip the students for the world of work.
Year 9 students take part in the technology "Bazaar" project, where students work in teams through their technology lessons to design, make and sell their own products. The students continue to develop their entrepreneurial skills within this project.
Key Stage Four
Year 10 students continue their ASDAN qualification within Skills for Life and also prepare for their Work Experience Placement in July. Year 10 students also take part in an enterprise event towards the end of the school year to refine their entrepreneurial skills. Year 10 students can also be part of the Young Enterprise scheme, in which the students form a team and start their own business.
In the summer term of Year 10 students start to prepare for post 16 options. Individual appointments are made with the Connexions Advisor and students can drop in to see the Connexions Advisor at lunchtimes. Parents can also make an appointment with the Connexions Advisor at Parents Evening.
Year 11 students are given extensive support on post 16 options through a diverse careers programme. Students and parents/guardians are invited to attend a post 16 careers information evening in October, where presentations are given on A Levels, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships. In January, the school holds a post 16 discussion evening where subject staff deliver presentations about their subject. Year 12 and 13 students discuss with Year 11 what Sale Grammar Sixth Form is like and give presentations about new subjects at A Level.
All Year 11's have an individual interview with the Connexions Advisor in the first term and follow up interviews can be made through the school librarian. Year 11's are able to drop into informal lunch time sessions with the Connexions Advisor. All Year 11's have individual interviews with members of the Senior Leadership Team in January to discuss their plans for post 16.
Students develop their work based skills within Skills for Life. They embark on an enterprise project and develop CV writing, application forms and interview technique. They are also informed of other study options such as the International Baccalaureate, studying A Levels at other sixth forms and vocational qualifications. Open days and evening for local colleges and schools are displayed within the form notice board and students have a copy to take home.
Parents and Guardians can make appointments with the Connexions Advisor at Parents Evening and the Connexions Advisor is present at Post 16 careers information evening, post 16 discussion evening and exam results day.
Key Stage Five
Individual Connexions appointments are arranged in the 2nd and last term of Year 12 through the school librarian. Form tutors, Head of Year and Head of Key Stage can refer pupils for Connexions appointments through the school librarian if there are concerns. Pupils can drop into the Connexions service at lunch time for more informal advice at the Learning Resources Centre. Connexions Advisor are available at Year 12 parents evening for individual appointments. Connexions Advisor is available at KS5 exam results day.
Presentations are given to students during assembly and General Studies time about year in industry, gap years, professional apprenticeships, UCAS application process, student finance. Professional apprenticeships attend school for a trade fair. Previous students deliver presentations regarding university life and professional apprenticeships. Students attend the GMEX University fair, University open days are advertised within the Common Room and Careers display and prospectus information is in the Common Room and Learning Resources Centre. Students have access to careers software - higher ideas and eClips - through the student intranet and the Connexions Advisor demonstrate how to use the software and help sheets are located on the student intranet.
Support is offered to Year 12 students on their employability skills. Small workshops are held in CV writing, application forms, interview technique and presentation skills. Local business people run and support these sessions. Students participate in an enterprise event during active learning week and are able to participate in Young Enterprise. Students have the opportunity to attend work placements once a week.
Practice interviews are conducted through BEST Practice, which provides students with real life interviews and feedback on their performance. Form tutors interview all students regarding future options. Parents and guardians are invited to these interviews.
Individual Connexions appointments are arranged in the 1st term of Year 13 through the school librarian. Form tutors, Head of Year and Head of Key Stage can refer pupils for Connexions appointments through the school librarian if there are concerns. Pupils can drop into the Connexions service at lunch time for more informal advice at the Learning Resources Centre. The Connexions Advisor are available at Year 13 parents evening for individual appointments and the Connexions Advisor is available at KS5 exam results day.
Year 13 students are offered continued support from their form tutor and Head of Year through UCAS process and monitoring of offers received. Form staff will be writing UCAS references and preparing early applicants with practice interviews.
Those choosing not to apply to University are given individual support and guidance from their Head of Year and Key Stage . The school has continued to develop links with Manchester Airport Group who provide a wide range of apprenticeship routes and students have the opportunity to explore this area. Students also receive CV writing, application form, interview technique and presentation skills support.