Careers at Sir Thomas Rich's

Careers education and guidance ensures that we provide students with a good understanding of the labour market, along with information about career paths open to them. The aim is to ensure that every pupil at STRS is given a realistic programme of preparation for the world of work.

Careers Education and Guidance
Providing high quality education through all key stages and independent guidance at key transitions helps young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make successful choices and to manage transitions in learning and work. It also provides opportunities for young people to develop experience of the world of work and enterprise. CEG aims to enhance the employability of students and raise their awareness of all the possible opportunities that they can embrace, in order for them to realise their personal talent and aspirations.


Common Factors in all Phases
Skill development is a core principle in all phases of careers education at Rich’s. The personal development of communication, leadership, independent learning, problem-solving, teamwork, planning, motivation and interpersonal skills in preparation for the world of work are the underpinning of all careers activities. In addition, through exposure to a wide range of employer engagement opportunities, we aim to nurture the talent, aspirations and potential in all students at Rich’s.

Key Stage 3 - Years 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Year 7 – regular Look@myjob assemblies
Year 8 – 12 hours a year
Year 9 – 8 hours a year plus Enrichment days
Homework Guidance: Based upon the various sources of information and guidance that the students receive, students should regularly undertake research, and implement their personal Careers plans, with the aim of fulfilling their future aspirations and targets.
Assessment Arrangements: Students in Years 8 and 9 are assessed through discussion and reflection on their progress in Careers. This is documented in the Careers Portal for students and parents to access.
Topics Covered:
Year 7
Year 7 are introduced to the concept of Careers through Look@myjob assemblies where employers are invited to present to students about their job and industry followed by a Q+A session.
Year 8
  • Introduction to Careers Education and Guidance
  • Introduction to job families
  • Patterns of work and the future of work
  • Personal skill evaluation
  • Employability skills
  • Introduction to enterprise and entrepreneurs
Year 9
  • Creating a personal profile
  • Job profiling and the role of organisations
  • Employability skills
  • Pay, working patterns and conditions, and comparisons
  • Roles, hierarchies and positions in enterprises
  • GCSEs and Year 9 options
  • Work patterns and working environments
  • Introduction to personal finance awareness

The Careers education and guidance programme is enhanced by a programme of extra-curricular activities and events. These include the annual Careers Fayre, guest speakers, enterprise challenges and employability skills workshops. The key is to equip all students with the skills and knowledge to independently make informed choices about their future career pathways.

Teaching Arrangements: Year 10 – 8 hours a year plus Enrichment days
Year 11 – 5 hours a year plus Enrichment days
Homework Guidance: Based upon the various sources of information and guidance that the students receive, students should regularly undertake research and implement their personal career plan with the aim of fulfilling their future aspirations and targets.
Assessment Arrangements: Students in Years 10 and 11 are required to create a personalised career plan which is then discussed further in one to one interviews. This works in conjunction with the Head of KS4, tutors and SMT.
Topics Covered:
Year 10
  • Job advertisements
  • Legislation in employment
  • Options available post-16 and post-18 including technical education qualifications and apprenticeships
  • Practical work-based employment information
  • Personal planning and profiling
  • Preparation for work experience in Year 11
  • Interview skill workshops
  • Individual careers interviews and guidance
Year 11
  • CV writing
  • Interview technique
  • Work experience preparation and evaluation
  • Options available Post 16 including information on technical education qualifications and apprenticeships
  • Employability skills
  • Personal career/job/vocational research
  • Destinations, national and local labour market trends
  • Individual careers interviews and guidance

The key focus for Year 10 and 11 is to develop the key principles established at KS3, with specific focus on preparation for the world of work. There is an established work experience programme in Year 11 alongside mock interviews to prepare students for the future. We also aim to prepare students for their Post 16 options and destinations, whilst considering current labour market information.

The careers education and guidance programme is enhanced by a programme of extra-curricular activities and events. These include work experience in Year 11, the annual Careers Fayre, mock interviews, guest speakers, visits to National Skills Shows, plus individual student interviews and guidance. The key is to equip all students with the skills and knowledge to independently make informed choices about their future career pathways

Teaching Arrangements: 10 hours per year plus additional time for presentations from external parties and for set organised workshops
Homework Guidance: Based on the input from the Enrichment programme, Year 12 students are encouraged to investigate their options, make key visits to CEG related venues, attend Open Days and prepare thoroughly for their Post 18 options and applications. They are also tasked with arranging work experience placement.
Topics Covered:
Year 12
Year 12 undertake an Enrichment Programme that covers the following key areas:
  • Employability skills
  • Post 18 options including information on technical education qualifications and apprenticeships
  • CV and job application preparation
  • Interviewing skills and techniques, plus mock interview scenarios and practice
  • Alternatives to university including Higher and Degree Apprenticeships including information on technical education
  • Preparation for Year 12 work experience
  • Preparation for UCAS – presentations on application process, specific courses, application for Oxbridge, how to successfully conduct university research and personal statement preparation
  • Individual CEG interviews for all students
*In addition to the set programme, the students have access to HE Open Days, visits to a National Skills Fayre, Apprentice Fayre, business and industry-linked events plus the School’s own Careers and HE Fayre.
Year 13
Year 13 critically focuses on the Post-18 options and pathways that our students wish to pursue. The key areas it covers are:
  • Continued support for UCAS application of all students
  • Oxbridge mock interview preparation
  • Early entry support for students interested in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences
  • University talks and presentations, plus faculty and subject specific talks
  • Continued specific individual CEG support for students
  • Provision and guidance for all non-university/HE students. i.e. access to Higher/Degree Apprenticeships
  • CV writing and interview workshops
  • Student finance
  • Living independently advice
The Careers Programme is designed to support, enhance and supplement the students’ academic studies. It helps to prepare students for life after school, preparing them thoroughly for the transition from University to the world of work or Higher Education. It is about ensuring that the students develop into well rounded individuals, who not only have a sound academic background, but feel totally confident to take the next steps.
Careers education and guidance at Rich’s helps students to fulfil their aspirations and dreams. The vast majority of students successfully apply for courses at the top ranking universities in the UK. At STRS, the school consistently ensures that students flourish in relation to Oxbridge applications and other competitive admission courses. Other students successfully enrol on Higher and Degree Apprenticeship schemes with many top local business organisations in a variety of industries. Ultimately, CEG helps to provide our students with a firm foundation upon which they can make positive and informed decisions in relation to a wide array of opportunities that they may wish to pursue in the future.

The careers education and guidance programme throughout the School is enhanced by an intensive programme of extra-curricular activities and events. These include for example work experience in Years 11 and 12, the annual Careers Fayre and Higher Education Fayre, mock interviews, guest speakers, visits to national skill and apprenticeship shows, plus individual student interviews, specific workshops and UCAS preparation. The department hosts various key speakers, presentations and topic-specific workshops to help the students prepare thoroughly for the world of work and life after school. The Learning Resource Centre also boasts a sizeable Careers library of books on specific industries and also about how to research and make applications for university, how to prepare for job interviews and how to answer admission test questions. The Learning Resource Centre is available to all students before school, at break time, at lunch and after school.

Currently the department works with a variety of local employers, who vary in size and industry, to offer students an opportunity to engage with employees and employers. Their involvement includes the following activities:

  • speaking in assemblies
  • interviewing individual students to provide interview practice
  • attending the annual Careers Fayre
  • Delivering or providing assistance with workshops on industry specific topics such as Law or Financial Management
  • Delivering or providing assistance with workshops on interpersonal skills
  • Offering work experience placements

Currently the department works with a variety of local employers, who vary in size and industry, to offer students an opportunity to engage with employees and employers. Their involvement includes the following activities:

If you are interested in helping support the School in any way to deliver activities listed here or anything else you think would be of benefit, then this would be appreciated. An employer wishing to offer support should contact Jenny Manning, Head of Careers, telephone: 01452338400, email: jam@strs.org.uk.

Providers and employers are also welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant literature at the Learning Resource Centre. The Learning Resource Centre is available to all students before school, at break time, at lunch and after school.