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St Francis Xavier

Careers Guidance

At St Francis Xavier School we provide students with comprehensive careers information, advice and guidance to enable them to become effective decision makers and to plan for their future careers.

We seek to raise their aspirations and awareness of all the options and opportunities available to them. This is under the Leadership of Mr Jackson who is the Careers Lead supported by Mrs Pratt the Pastoral Support Officer.

All students have an entitlement to careers support and they can have a careers appointment, where they will receive impartial and realistic information, advice and guidance. Students will all follow career education programmes at key transition points.  

All students are made aware of their entitlement through tutor led activities in form time, assemblies, parent information events and the school website.

During Year 9 students will be choosing their GCSE subjects.  We will assist in the decision making process and students will spend time exploring their options both in Key Stage 4 and beyond.  They will be encouraged to research career ideas and widen their knowledge of the world of work. They will also receive advice and guidance on how to choose GCSE options.  All students will have the opportunity to explore their skills, qualities and the decision making process during our comprehensive PSHCE programme.

Year 10 students will participate in “Enrichment Activities” during the summer term, these are based upon the importance of lifelong learning and gaining an understanding of what an employer looks for when recruiting, some students will receive individual careers guidance interviews.

Year 11 is the last year of school for students and they have to decide what they want to do next. Our Careers support can help by providing information, advice and guidance on all the Post 16 Options. All students receive individual careers guidance interviews in Year 11 as they decide on their Post 16 Options. Students are offered the opportunity of one to one guidance with an independent qualified careers practitioner.

Staff, students and parents/carers will be involved in the development of the CEIAG and we will also look to business partners and other stakeholders for support in our commitment to deliver quality CEIAG.

Meet the Careers Adviser

Provider Access Statement

This statement sets out arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at SFX for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.  

Our aim is to connect with employers of all sizes from all sectors – demonstrate to our pupils what it takes to be successful in the workforce.

 Students in Years 7-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

 A provider wishing to request access should contact:

Lisa Pratt

Telephone: 01748 823414
Email: lpratt@sfxschool.org.uk

 A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents.  The school will make the main hall, classrooms or meeting room available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. We will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Co-ordinator.  Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with our Careers Co-ordinator who will distribute the relevant information to pupils.