Welcome to Careers at Broadwater School.
Our principles Work Hard; Be Kind; Make a Difference are instilled into our culture and refected in our Careers provision. Broadwater students are encouraged to widen their knowledge and focus their ambition giving them the self-confidence to aspire higher and to make secure choices for their future.
The designated Careers Lead at Broadwater School is Mrs Turpin, who works closely with staff and outside agencies, local further and higher education providers, Enterprise M3 and our link Career Enterprise Adviser. This ensures a wide experience for our students. Mr Nathan Smith-Rogers (Deputy Headteacher and member of the senior leadership team) oversees Careers at strategic level.
There are assemblies hosted by local colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers, sessions devoted to careers education, encounters with employers, and access to independent career advice.
The Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme is progressive for students in years 7 to 11 and follows the eight Gatsby benchmarks as recommended by the government.
If you have any questions related to careers education at Broadwater School, please telephone the school office or email Sonya Turpin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews, Career Events, Activities
Students can request a careers interview by contacting Mrs Turpin by email or by visiting her office.
All students will have had a careers meeting towards the end of year 10 or beginning of year 11. Students can request a further careers meeting if needed to help support decision-making for the next phase of their educational journey. Students receive an action plan after their appointment to recommend their next steps. The Careers Advisor is also available at key parent evenings to help answer questions on options on next steps after Broadwater School.
Careers meetings can be useful for making choices whether that be options at 14, 16 or 18. Helping to work out a career path, discovering career routes, university choices, finding apprenticeships, job opportunities or work experience/voluntary work.
Apprenticeship opportunities/vacancies and open days are advertised in the Careers/Student Support/Apprenticeships section of the website and are communicated home to parents/guardians via email.
As well as providing impartial advice and guidance in school we offer activities and workshops to supplement guidance in school. Such as:
- Mentoring from local employers and university ambassadors.
- Careers talks in Y9 and 10
- Apprenticeship talks from (Alternative Learning Provision Surrey) ALPS
- National Citizen Service
- National Apprentices
- Work place visits
- University visits
- Trips to careers fairs and events
The Broadwater School careers programme aims to:
- Encourage students to be ambitious, confident, creative, respectful and determined. To broaden their horizons and explore their own career aspirations throughout their life at school
- Ensure students’ readiness to take their next step in their learning or career.
- Ensure that the school meets the Gatsby Benchmarks
The objectives for the careers programme are as follows:
- Helping students to understand the changing world of work
- Facilitating meaningful encounters with employers for all students
- Supporting positive transitions post-16
- Enabling students to develop the research skills to find out about opportunities both locally and nationally
- Helping students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities to make a successful transition into the world of work
- Encouraging participation in continued learning, including further and higher education and apprenticeships
- Supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity
- Contributing to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation.
- Ensure all opportunities are inclusive of SEND and EAL students
All work is in conjunction with all relevant parties including SEND and key workers
All students are entitled to be fully involved in an effective CEIAG programme.
Students are encouraged to take an active role in their own career development, so the careers programme emphasises student participation with a focus on self-development; learning about careers and the world of work; and developing career management and employability skills.
During their time at Broadwater, all students can expect:
- The support they need to make the right choices in during Key Stage 4 options and Year 11 transition
- Access up-to-date and unbiased information on future learning and training, careers and labour market information
- Support to develop the self-awareness and career management skills needed for their future
- At least seven meaningful encounters with representatives from the world of work from Year 7 to Year 11; this could be through work experience, assemblies, Career talks, projects and visits
- To hear from a range of education and training providers, including colleges, universities and apprenticeship organisations; this could include visits and taster days, as well as assemblies, talks and meetings at the school
- The opportunity to relate what they learn in the Greenshaw Curriculum to their life and career beyond the trust.
- The opportunity to talk through their career and educational choices with staff including form tutors and the careers team
- Access to one-to-one guidance with a trained, impartial careers adviser, by appointment; this is available to students of any year group. A meeting with an adviser independent of the academy can also be requested
- Broadwater School will keep parents/guardians informed of their progress and provide parents/guardians with information to support students’ career planning and decision-making via email and the school website. Parents/guardians can attend careers meetings by prior arrangement
- To be asked their views about the service they have received to ensure that the service continues to meet the needs of the students
Our Careers Policy and Provider Access Statement can be found in the documents below and will be updated March 2024.
Work Experience coordinator: Mrs S Thompson email@example.com 01483 414516
Following all events we ask students, teachers and external speakers for their feedback so we can continuously review our careers provision. If you have any comments or suggestions or would like to provide a careers talk please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
An evaluation of the destinations our students go on to can be accessed HERE