We attach great importance to ensuring that our students are prepared for life after Wildern. Our five-year programme ensures that we support, guide and provide the latest information to help our students make the right decisions, have high aspirations to pursue their dreams.
Specific careers lessons take place in each group.
Year 7 Students will complete careers modules as part of the ‘Moral and Social Studies’ lessons. They will have access to the careers website 'UExplore' right at the start of their time at Wildern, and take part in an Enterprise 'Dragons Den' themed Digging Deeper Day.
Year 8 Careers lessons remain as part of the ‘Moral and Social Studies’ lessons and specifically, look at ways of supporting students with their pathway choices by giving them ideas about how different subjects will be useful for different careers. Students will have access to a range of careers websites including ‘U Explore’. All students in Year 8 will get the opportunity to take part in different speed networking events. This allows students to meet local business providers and gain invaluable information about several different career sectors.
Year 9: The focus in Year 9 is effective communication. The students will be involved in an ‘Enterprise and Work Skills day’ during the summer term where they will work alongside business mentors identifying a range of key employability skills. Some students will also have the opportunity to visit a work place or business.
In Years 9, 10 and 11, students will study careers modules in Moral & Social Studies (MSS). These will explore many aspects of the world of work including responsibilities, employment rights, discrimination and other areas that will help students in their working life.
Year 10: In Year 10, the ‘College Ready, Careers Ready’ programme begins with preparation for career choices and future destination and culminates with a ‘You are Hired’ unit which develops skills in CV writing, applications and interview skills. In conjunction with their MSS programme, all Year 10 students also have the following careers specific programme which enables them to make clear links between theory and practice:
September: Wildern Careers Fair. This event allows all students in Year 10 to meet post 16 college providers, local business and apprenticeship providers. This aims to get students really focused about the forthcoming post 16 choices at a vital stage in their education.
June: Practice Interviews. This event is to enable all students to experience a real interview in preparation for interviews at post 16 colleges or for apprenticeships.
June /July: College/ Apprenticeships Taster Days. All students have the opportunity to spend a whole day in two different colleges or Apprentice providers in order that they can really begin to understand what life is like after Wildern. This is intended to support their preparation for their future decision in Year 11.
Year 11: In Year 11, the ‘College Ready, Careers Ready’ programme continues in MSS lessons where students look at college prospectuses and post 16 pathways. They also look at the application process in the 'Apply Yourself' unit. Both units link to the careers focus for the year:
September: Wildern Careers Fair. All students are invited to attend the Careers Fair to meet representatives from colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. They will also have the opportunity to meet local business providers from a wide range of career sectors.
September: Colleges assemblies. We invite a number of different post 16 providers to come and speak to students in assembly about their college, the courses on offer, and application process.
September to December: Careers guidance. Students receive careers guidance either in small groups or individually depending on specific needs and future destination data.
September to April: Applications to colleges and apprenticeships. We strongly recommend that applications are made to several institutions to ensure sufficient scope once exam results are out in the August.
February: Apprenticeship application sessions. Ian Henser the careers advisor will meet with small groups of students who wish to get an apprenticeship and support them writing their applications.
December to April: College Applications and interviews for an hour.
All students in Year 11 will meet with our careers adviser, Mr Henser, in order to have a tailored, focused careers interview.
A careers library is available in the Learning Resource Centre. Students can go there at any time to access the information that will help them as they move on from Wildern.
We have a careers advisor, Ian Henser, who works within the careers area in the LRC on a Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday. He will meet all students in Year 11 at least once and have 1-2-1 interviews with all of them. He will also meet with identified Year 10 students during the summer term. During the pathways process in Year 8 Ian will also meet with identified individuals and groups of students to support with making option choices. Ian is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for drop in sessions available at break, lunchtimes and after school.
All students within the school will have access to the ‘UExplore’ careers programmes which can be used both inside and outside of school. This programme has key information about different career sectors, examination requirements for different careers and is easy to navigate around for information about all types of careers options and choices.
There are careers noticeboards on the top corridor of Block 3 available for students to look at key dates and information, along with Alumni posters and ‘Job of the month’ posters. There is also a careers bulletin sent to all Year 10 and 11 parents once a half term, getting across key careers information on a timely basis. This information is put together by a careers focus group made up of students from across the different year groups.