Careers & Work Related Learning
WORK-RELATED LEARNING AND CAREERS
Throughout Years 7 to 11, the pupils’ studies cover the themes of careers education and guidance, citizenship, economic and industrial understanding, environmental education, health education and the use of technology. These are taught through the subjects that each child studies, the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons, the active tutorial lessons and special events such as guest speakers, Activities Week and Work Experience. We firmly believe in the value of work experience and all Year 10 pupils do a week's work experience at the end of Year 10.
We recognise the importance of preparing pupils properly for their working life and we have an independent, qualified Careers Advisor who works with pupils in each year group. Pupils have individual careers advice in Year 10 and Year 11 with a focus on careers choices and post-16 applications, and Key Stage 3 pupils also have small group sessions.
We have a school ethos in which 96% of our Year 11 pupils continue into further education, with the rest taking on a modern apprenticeship or employment with training.
We work closely with our Sixth Form provider, Godalming College, to support the further education application and transition process through the curriculum. All of our pupils are guaranteed a place at the outstanding Godalming College, on a suitable course, when they leave Woolmer Hill.
Our current Work Experience programme ensures that all Year 10 pupils complete a week of work experience in the Summer term. Placements take place at a wide variety of local, and not so local businesses, and give pupils the experience of life in the work place.
The National Careers website has a number of useful guides and tools that are also very good.