Higher Education and Careers
“We believe one of the most important skills you can have is self reliance. The combination of guidance, support, information and encouragement for self management which underpins our work with the Sixth Form will prepare you more fully for the transition from school to the greater independence of university life or employment.”
The pace of change in education and employment reinforces the need to equip the next generation with the right skills and personal qualities, as well as qualifications, to thrive in the world beyond school. Young people have so many opportunities but they will experience many changes in their adult lives and need to be empowered to make informed and wise decisions; Career Management skills are key to this.
In recognising these challenges, the role of the Higher Education (HE) & Careers Department at Bishop’s Stortford College is highly valued, with its three qualified members of staff beginning to prepare pupils for the future as soon as they enter the Senior School at the age of thirteen years.
- Higher Education & Careers staff – who encourage pupils to discuss their ideas, action plans, or queries at any time, and as often as they need to, as well as ensuring comprehensive information about all aspects of Careers, Higher Education, taster courses and work experience opportunities is available.
- The regular HE & Careers Bulletin provides all the latest information on events ranging from work experience opportunities, taster courses and insight days.
- Tutors and subject teachers are closely involved in preparing pupils for academic and personal success.
- A comprehensive resource library is available to pupils at any time during the school day.
Preparing Pupils for Choices
While a significant part of the work of the department is with the Sixth Form, Careers Education and Guidance is an important part of the personal development of pupils throughout the Senior School. During Fourth Form (Year 9), Lower Fifth (Year 10) and Upper Fifth (Year 11) this is achieved through:
- The Futurewise Scheme (careers and aptitude assessments)
- A work experience programme (end of Upper Fifth)
- On-line careers exploration
- Tutorials and the PSHE programme
- Work related learning - eg. Writing a CV and covering letter
- Career assembly programme
Pupils can also meet individually with the department staff to discuss ideas and seek advice.
The College works in partnership with Inspiring Futures. We also work with many employers and organisations offering taster courses and career experience events.
Mrs Deborah Hearne
Head of Higher Education & Careers
Mrs Suzanne Santurri
Higher Education and Careers Assistant /Work Experience Coordinator
Mrs Cassie Kennedy
Higher Education and Careers Assistant