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“We like the school because of the friendliness of the staff.” Parent

Careers

A careers programme has been developed to help students make informed decisions regarding their future.

A comprehensive careers programme, a computer aided programme, visits, presentations, workshops and one- to-one careers guidance interviews are used to guide students through this process.

Careers Programme

Year 7

Autumn 1

Tutor Group Workshops

An introduction to careers at USH

Autumn 2

Careers Day

Introduction of Career Journal
Introduction of Family Career Tree
HE Awareness – Who goes to Uni?
Introduction to Career Websites
Meet the: Professional/Undergraduate/Apprentice

Summer 1

Learn with US (40 students)

Visit to University of Southampton

Summer 2

University Visit (SSU)

Visit to University Campus

Summer 2

Masterclasses(40 students)

Richard Taunton’s Sixth Form

Year 8

Autumn 2

Careers Day

The Dream – Job Roles – Reality Checks
University Session –
Which courses? Where do they lead?
Meet the: Professional/Undergraduate/Apprentice

Spring 1

Learn with US (25 students)

Taster Day

Spring 1/2

Options Interviews

Targeted/Request

Spring 2

Option Choices (SSU)

My Solent story - assembly

Spring 2

Options (30 students) (SSU)

Make the right choice - workshop

Year 9

Autumn 1

Careers Day

Go to work with an adult day

Autumn 1

Careers Day -SSU at USH

Cha-Ching, Presenting your future

Spring 2

Learn with US (15 students)

Masterclasses at Uni of Soton

Summer 1

Tutor Group Workshops

Choosing a career – computer prog.

Summer 2

Taster Day at SSU -28students

Range of subject areas

Summer 2

Itchen College – Gateway

A, G&T students

Summer 2

Oxford visit

A, G&T students

Year 10

Autumn 1

Assembly

Interview Techniques

Autumn 2

Mock Interviews

Whole year group

Autumn 2

Solent University

Be the Boss (Target group)

Autumn 2

Careers Day

Presentations:
Sixth Form/Vocational/ Apprenticeship
Presentation: Why do work experience?
University of Southampton – Which Course?
Meet the: Professional/Undergraduate/Apprentice

Spring 1

Assembly

Degree Apprenticeships

Spring 2

Careers Fair

Richard Taunton’s Sixth Form

Spring 2

Assemblies

Colleges

Spring 2

Learn with US (10 students)

Research Challenge

Summer 2

Work Experience

 

Year 11

Ongoing

Guidance Interviews

 

Autumn 1

Assemblies

Colleges/Apprenticeships

Autumn 2

Careers Day

Taster Day at Sixth Form/Vocational College

Year 6

Summer 2

Transition Day

The Baked Bean Challenge

Visits

A comprehensive range of visits are organised throughout the year, these include:

  • University visits (our partner universities are University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University)
  • Year 7 students have the opportunity to visit a university
  • Taster days for Year 8 – Year 11 students
  • University Challenges
  • Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust – linked to job areas e.g. Midwifery, Mortuary Technician, Radiophysicist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist
  • Skills Festivals/Job Fairs

Careers Fair

In-house careers fair to give students and parents the opportunity to find out about colleges/apprenticeships/armed forces/employment areas

Guest Speakers

A range of speakers from a range of career areas are invited to share their knowledge with students.

‘Ask the professional’

A range of guest speakers are invited to talk to students about their role, followed by Q&A session

Upper Shirley High works in conjunction with the Careers Enterprise Company

Useful Websites


Careerpilot is an impartial, free to use, South of England wide careers website, which provides 13-19 year olds with information about:

  • The full range of progression choices available at 14, 16 and 18
  • Over twenty job sectors which links to100s of job profiles
  • Available providers, qualifications and much more
The site includes Careers Tools enabling students to personalise and save their choices, and has a Pre 16 Skills Map tool. It also has a Parent Zone.


Southampton City Council's free and impartial guide. You can find information about:
GCSE Options, Leaving School, Finishing Compulsory Education, Jobs, Support for Young People, Career Links, Apprenticeships, Ambassador Film, The Zone, Jobs Bulletin, Events & Opportunities


The National Careers Service is an online careers database containing information on hundreds of different jobs. It gives you all the essential information you need to know about the job and how to get into it. There’s a CV Builder and a section for 13-16 year olds with information to help choose options at key stage 3 and 4.


An increasingly popular study option, apprenticeships are a great way to gain hands-on experience while studying towards an industry-recognised qualification and earning a wage. They’re available across a range of sectors, from engineering and law to construction and fashion design.


It is a good idea to look at the UCAS website, especially if there’s a particular subject you would like to study or a specific university you would like to attend. The website displays the entry requirements for university courses, the specific grades you will need and course details.


There are lots of volunteering opportunities to get involved in.

Download useful careers links

Any business, college or independent training provider wanting to provide information to students should contact Carey Anderson, Careers Lead

Contact Carey Anderson

“My daughter and I visited Upper Shirley High and we feel this is a school where she will be very happy and thrive.” Prospective parent