Welcome to Wickersley Careers Advice and Support.
Through the Careers Office, we can offer you a range of opportunities to plan and research your future study/employment options.
If you have any careers related questions or concerns, or if you need advice or guidance, please contact our careers team.
Mrs D Adams
Associate Assistant Headteacher – Personal Development and Cereers
Mrs D Ogley
Let’s make a Start on your future!
Wickersley School has recently partnered with U-explore to be able to offer all our students their own access to the Start platform.
Start is an online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines comprehensive information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options as well as developing their employability.
- A student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information.
- Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time.
- Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.
- Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.
- Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.
Year 7 students have been exploring their futures on Start from home in the last few weeks – well done to them!
Anyone can use Start but if you want to use it as a Wickersley student and are not yet registered then please email email@example.com for further information.
Latest Careers News
Careers Provision Overview
At Wickersley, our Careers programme has the Gatsby Benchmarks at its centre.
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
- Activity is evaluated by students on an individual basis
- Overall provision and ideas for improvement are tabled and discussed as agenda items at Student Council
- Provision is assessed against the national Gatsby Benchmarks and areas for development are identified
- Careers and employability provision is also informed through annual individual student surveys asking respondents to identify areas of interest and support needed – this information is then used to support individuals and plan provisions such as trips to specific places of learning or employment
- Provision is also informed through the sharing of good practice through local careers network meetings, the enterprise adviser network that the school is a part of and the professional development of the Careers Leader
Each year group is seen as a ‘stage’ in the process of working towards a career goal and becoming ‘able and ready for work’ and being the best that you can be.
You can view our full careers programme for each year group with the button below, this provides a breakdown of the careers projects held for each year group throughout the year.
|Years 7 & 8||Experience & Knowledge|
Year 7 Careers Day
Year 7 ‘Jobs and Careers’ Drop Down Day
Experience & Choice
Subject Options linked to specific careers
|Opportunities out of school and a variety of external visitors into school to ‘broaden horizons’, increase interactions with employment, FE and HE providers and develop students own expectations of themselves. Students develop awareness of individual skill strengths and career preferences through drop-down days, information on careers related to subject areas and options lessons – some use of the ‘are you ready’ tracker in Y7 and Y8 around developing enterprise skills.
Developing an understanding of KS4 options and impact on career choice.
Subject related careers lessons
|Personalised development including:
Employer-led and higher education led mentoring projects. Subject/interest specific opportunities both out of school and curriculum-based linked to clear identification of student interests
|Year 10||Education & Information|
Post:16 Taster Day
|Specific information around:
Subject related job families and routes into careers i.e. apprenticeships
Local labour market information and job opportunities
Funding and financial support
Employer engagement and experience of the workplace and volunteering.
All delivered through a Y10 post-16 day (June) and parental information sessions.
Giving students the opportunity to experience the workplace and build up skills and experience through encouraging voluntary work experience.
Year 11 Drop Down Day
External Provider Input
|Impartial personalised individual advice and guidance.
Further development of employability skills and knowledge of opportunities.
Active support for all student post-16 applications and subsequent securing of offers from college and sixth forms.
Informed and successful post-16 transition and engagement.
|Year 12||‘Be the best you can be’|
External Provider Input
|Schedule of Wednesday P4 opportunities to include study skills, HE information etc.
Enrichment opportunities including paired reading, mentoring, teaching, work experience
Student enrolment on Wickersley+ and university outreach programmes such as SOAMS
External Provider Input
|UCAS Application Process
A range of provision for students choosing alternative pathways such as apprenticeships.
KS4 Results 2018/2019
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, data for 2019-20 is not available. The most recent academic year for which data is available, 2018-19, is shown below.
|Progress 8 Score||Attainment 8 Score||% of Pupils who achieved a strong pass in English and Maths at the end of Key Stage 4||% of students entered for EBacc||% of Students staying in education or employment after KS4|
|2021 Destinations||Sustained Destination||Apprenticeships||Traineeship||FE College||School Sixth Form||Sixth Form College||Employment||Public Services/Armed Forces||Unknown||NEET (Not in education, employment or training)|
|All leavers July 21:|
|2020 Destinations||Sustained Destination||Apprenticeships||FE College||School Sixth Form||Sixth Form College||Employment||Public Services/Armed Forces||Unknown||Out of area – In education||NEET (Not in education, employment or training)|
|All leavers July 20:|
We are committed to providing a comprehensive Level 3 programme with access to positive progression for all students at age 17 and 18, not only for Wickersley students but for the broader Rotherham community to which we cater at Key Stage 5. Our entry requirements are not elitist, and selection for courses is based on ability to access the course and achieve a positive outcome, and students are guided through these choices.
The University picture is changing and this year 40% of our students accepted unconditional offers. In most cases, we would discourage students from accepting such offers, as they can lead to low aspirations and a loss of purpose and poor effort in Year 13.
Our students move on to very positive destinations, particularly those students who apply to the best universities. 21% of our students who finished their A-levels in 2019 will attend a Russell Group university, which is 10% higher than the national average of 11%.
Key stage 5 data is assessed by a value-added score which shows how well students have progressed in comparison to students nationally with the same KS4 prior attainment.
This score is expressed as a proportion of a grade above or below national average. +0.5 would be the equivalent to performance half a grade above average for the intake of the sixth form.
Performance Against Targets
We do not operate a policy of withdrawing students who have only a slim chance of gaining a grade E, as this of value to students.
Provider Access Procedure
This section sets out the arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
All pupils in years 8-11 are entitled:
- to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.
- to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer.
- to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Any provider, parent, individual or organisations wishing to request access should contact Rachel Mullins, Careers Leader on the details provided above.
Opportunities for access include:
- Year 7 Jobs & Careers Day
- Year 8 Options
- Year 10 Post-16 Taster Day
- Year 11 Assemblies throughout the year
- Employability Day