Careers

A Future of Possibilities


Prepare for your Next Step

At Park we believe that a good careers education is a vital part in raising our student’s aspirations and assist them in making informed decisions about their future. We pride ourselves in ensuring that our students are ready and prepare for their next steps in many ways.

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Gatsby Benchmarks


Careers Programmes

  • Year 7
    Term Event Objectives
    Autumn PDP Enterprise visit Each pupil visits the working PDP department providing work experience and an enterprise opportunity for all pupils.
    Star Pupil – Chichester University Pupils will take part in an interactive large board game and work in teams to solve problems and answer questions and help their team answer categories such as career paths, FE, apprentices, universities.
    Spring Duty Desk An opportunity for developing organisation skills, time management skills, communication and leadership skills whilst in a position of trust and responsibility.
    Assemblies Pupils have a range of career and aspirational assemblies throughout the spring term.
    Summer EBP Challenge Day – Enterprise day
    ‘Business in a Bag’
    An opportunity for Year 7 students to experience meeting business professionals and to gain an understanding of starting and running their own business.
    Farm Visit Each pupil visits the working farm providing work experience and an opportunity for all pupils to see where our food is grown for our kitchen.
    Throughout University trips Experience university life and investigate various subjects/courses and finical information.
    Park Community School Jobs Pupils are encouraged to apply for all internal vacancies based in school, PDP and in the community centre. Pupils financial independence and experience the educational benefits of part time work.
    College trips Experience college life and investigate various subjects/courses and range of post 16 options available.
    Inspirational visitors To raise aspiration of all pupils, by demonstrating how people who come from a similar background can progress and succeed in their life long goals.
  • Year 8
    Term Event Objective
    Autumn EBP – Business Speed Networking This event will enable pupils to meet a variety of business professionals and to discuss with them their careers, the sectors, the company and routes into different jobs. The aim is to inspire the students about their options after leaving school.
    Spring Options evening (Futures evening) Pupils have an opportunity to explore different careers through the range of GCSE options available to them.
    Option Lessons with mentors Pupils discuss the options process with mentors. Continued focus on future career aspirations and planning.
    Duty Desk An opportunity for developing organisation skills, time management skills, communication and leadership skills whilst in a position of trust and responsibility.
    Throughout University trips Experience university life and investigate various subjects/courses and finical information.
    Park Community School Jobs Pupils are encouraged to apply for all internal vacancies based in school, PDP and in the community centre. Pupils financial independence and experience the educational benefits of part time work.
    College trips Experience college life and investigate various subjects/courses and range of post 16 options available.
    Inspirational visitors To raise aspiration of all pupils, by demonstrating how people who come from a similar background can progress and succeed in their life long goals.
    Sports Ambassadors Pupils have an opportunity to apply to be sports ambassadors whereby if successful they develop skills in leadership, organisation and team management whilst representing the school at a range of events.
  • Year 9
    Term Event Objective
    Spring Breakthrough @ the barn Provides SEN pupils with careers information and post 16 options.
    Summer EBP Employability Skills Day Pupils will take part in interactive workshops provided and delivered by organisations; pupils will find out about careers and be inspired to think about their future career choices as well as developing employability skills such as teamwork and communication.
    Throughout University trips Experience university life and investigate various subjects/courses and finical information.
    Park Community School Jobs Pupils are encouraged to apply for all internal vacancies based in school, PDP and in the community centre. Pupils financial independence and experience the educational benefits of part time work.
    College trips Experience college life and investigate various subjects/courses and range of post 16 options available.
    Inspirational visitors To raise aspiration of all pupils, by demonstrating how people who come from a similar background can progress and succeed in their life long goals.
    Sports Ambassadors Pupils have an opportunity to apply to be sports ambassadors whereby if successful they develop skills in leadership, organisation and team management whilst representing the school at a range of events.
  • Year 10
    Term Event Objectives
    Autumn College/apprenticeship Talks Local colleges and apprenticeship providers invited in to talk to the y10 about the courses offered.
    Spring EBP Interview Preparation Day A day created to help students prepare for interviews and the world of work, workshops and hands on interaction will help students be able to create a CV, prepare for interviews and be prepared for their work experience.
    Careers Federation event Pupils experience different vocational jobs areas broadening their horizons on vocation opportunities in the local area.
    SEN Post 16 preparation SEN pupils taken to colleges and meet college SEN teams. Practise getting to and from the providers using local transport links.
    Summer EBP Mock Interview Day An opportunity for Year 10 students to experience meeting business professionals and to gain an understanding of preparing and attending a mock interview in preparation for their work experience or a first job.
    WEX Pupils experience two-week work experience.
    College Taster Days Pupils spend a day in the life of a college student at each of the local colleges. Raising awareness of courses available to them.
    1:1 Careers Guidance Pupils receive a 1:1 impartial careers information advice and guidance interview, from Hampshire Futures Careers Adviser.
    University Residential Pupils have an opportunity to spend a week in the life of a university student. Gaining independent skill, but also developing a deeper understanding of the financial responsibilities.
    Throughout University trips Experience university life and investigate various subjects/courses and financial information.
    Park Community School Jobs Pupils are encouraged to apply for all internal vacancies based in school, PDP and in the community centre. Pupils financial independence and experience the educational benefits of part time work.
    Subject College trips Experience college life and investigate various subjects/courses and range of post 16 options available.
    Inspirational visitors To raise aspiration of all pupils, by demonstrating how people who come from a similar background can progress and succeed in their life long goals.
    Sports Ambassadors Pupils have an opportunity to apply to be sports ambassadors whereby if successful they develop skills in leadership, organisation and team management whilst representing the school at a range of events.
    Girls Network Group Pupils paired with inspiration female role model for 1:1 support to raise aspiration and awareness of opportunities available.
    Apex Pupils have an opportunity to experience practical construction work within the school environment.
  • Year 11
    Term Event Objectives
    Autumn College/apprenticeship Talks Local colleges and apprenticeship providers invited in to talk to the y10 about the courses offered.
    Mock Interview Day An opportunity for Year 11 students to improve on their Y10 mock interview by a process of reflecting and responding on the feedback from Y10 mock interviews. Interviewers from local business.
    Careers Presentation Evening Invitation to pupils and parents to attend an informative presentation from our Hampshire Futures Careers Adviser on post 16 options and a time scale for applications.
    Employer Talks Pupils get to hear from a range of employer about their career paths and vocational options. Focus on ex pupils to raise aspirations.
    Spring SEN Post 16 preparation SEN pupils taken to colleges and meet college SEN teams. Practise getting to and from the providers using local transport links.
    Throughout University trips Experience university life and investigate various subjects/courses and financial information.
    1:1 Careers Guidance Pupils receive a 1:1 impartial careers information advice and guidance interview, from Hampshire Futures Careers Adviser.
    Y11 Careers Quick Query Clinic Pupils have an opportunity to drop in to speak to our Hampshire Futures Careers Adviser.
    Park Community School Jobs Pupils are encouraged to apply for all internal vacancies based in school, PDP and in the community centre. Pupils financial independence and experience the educational benefits of part time work.
    Subject College trips Experience college life and investigate various subjects/courses and range of post 16 options available.
    Inspirational visitors To raise aspiration of all pupils, by demonstrating how people who come from a similar background can progress and succeed in their life long goals.
    Y11 Parent Consultation Evenings Providing an opportunity to talk to the local colleges, application support with Career Coordinator and Hampshire Futures Careers Adviser. Impartial Information Advise and Guidance available for both pupils and parents.
    Girls Network Group Pupils paired with inspiration female role model for 1:1 support to raise aspiration and awareness of opportunities available.
    Apex Pupils have an opportunity to experience practical construction work within the school environment.
    1:1 Mentoring Pupils paired with inspiration role model for 1:1 support to raise aspiration and awareness of opportunities available.





Careers Information 24/7

We know our students like to investigate in their own time, so we have ensured to provided access to careers information 24/7. Our students can assess through the school website a range of online resources to assist them. Within our Careers programme there is allocated time to explore these resources with their mentors.



Work Experience

In July all of year 10 have an opportunity to complete a two-week work experience placement. This is an exciting opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge that is required in a variety of careers.

All students have access to the EBP South's work experience database. Within this work experience program, you will find a full list of all placement opportunities offered by the employers taking part in the Work Experience. Alternatively, students can source their own private placement, if they already have a work placement in mind.











Working with Universities

By the age of 16, every student should have had a meaningful encounter (a ‘meaningful encounter’ is one in which the student has an opportunity to explore what it is like to learn in that environment) with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and students. By the age of 18, all students who are considering applying for university should have had at least two visits to universities to meet staff and students.

At Park Community School we have an excellent Gifted and Talented programme where gifted and talented students are taken to a selection of universities to experience what it is like and the opportunities open to them.

Our gifted and talented students visit Portsmouth, Southampton, Oxford including a residential open to Y10 students and 1:1 mentoring program.

However all students also get the opportunity to work with Chichester and Portsmouth University several times throughout their time at Park.






Where do our students go?

Data collected by the Youth Analysis Service (YAS) shows where our students progressed to over the last five years. Due to Raising the Participation Age (RPA) legislation, as of summer 2014, young people are under a duty to participate in education or training until at least their 18th birthday.

  • Establishment Leaver Destinations (2013-2017)

    Table 1 below shows the number of Year 11 leavers who were in each destination category for the last five years for Park Community School.

    Destination 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
    Sixth Form College/School 5 13 17 18 5
    Further Education College 130 129 134 122 131
    Other Ed inc. Traineeship
    0 1 0 1 1
    Emp (FT) inc. Apprenticeship 9 9 13
    13 8
    Participating Total 146 152 165 154 145
    EET (no RPA) inc. PT Emp 8 3 13 1 5
    NEET - Available 5 6 1 5 2
    NEET - Not Available 0 0 0 0 0
    Not Participating Total 13 9 14 6 7
    Other 3 3 3 0 4
    Total 162 164 182 160 156
  • Establishment Programme Type and Level

    Table 2 shows the programme types of Year 11 leavers who went on to full time education from Park Community School.

    Programme Type Total
    Level 3 - A Levels 32 23%
    Level 3 - Technicial 30 22%
    Level 2 - GCSEs 0 0%
    Level 2 - Technicial 51 37%
    Level 1 - Technicial 17 12%
    Other Education Course inc. Traineeships 7 5%
    Education Total 137 100%
  • Post 16 Establishments Attended

    Table 3 shows the establishments attended, as of 1st November 2017, by the Year 11 leavers from Park Community School who continued in full-time education at establishment level.

    Establishment Attended Female
    Male
    Havant & South Downs College 59 42
    Highbury College 7 10
    Chichester College 2 3
    Portsmouth College 1 4
    Fareham College
    0 3
    Grand Total 69 62





What options do I have when I leave Park?

Click on the links to find out more about the options available to you…





Local Colleges

We are very luck to have such a wide range of local colleges, information can be found about the colleges and the courses they offer online. In Year 10 students get an opportunity to visit the local colleges for a taster day, experiencing what it would be like to student at the college and experience the courses they are interested in. Year 11 have further visits and talks from the colleges.






Careers Adviser

What is available?

The school buys in Hampshire Futures to provide 2 days a week of impartial information, advice and guidance support.

Our careers adviser will see students individually, for appointments lasting around 50 minutes (however is able see you more than once if needed!) and is also available to answer any quick questions or take referrals on a drop-in basis at break and lunchtime on her days in school.

Students do not have to know what they want to do before they have a careers appointment as our adviser can talk through options, suggest resources for research, and provide detailed information on college courses, qualifications, apprenticeship opportunities and jobs.

Referral

Students can self-refer, parents/carers can request an appointment or mentors can refer students. This can be done in a variety of ways:

Appointments System

Our careers adviser will email mentors with the list of appointments for the week and mentors will then let their mentees know if they have an appointment.






Business Links

At Park Community School we are ‘Much More Than Just a School’ as part of our drive to ensure our students have more than just qualifications we are keen to ensure our students are set for their future in the work of work.

Could you or your company make a real and lasting difference to the lives of our students here at Park whilst benefitting your own business? At Park we are looking to set up links with businesses to enable our students to access skills from experts within a wide range of industries. Our Business links also enables your companies to connect with each other forming a fantastic business network through the membership of our business ambassador club.

We have already set up links with a variety of companies throughout the school including;

There are many ways in which you and your company can get involved from one off short talks to an extended commitment.

  • Mock interviews - spend some time interviewing very nervous students, then choosing your top applicant to “give the job” too.
  • Talks to students - my job role and how I got here
  • Hosting work experience students for two weeks in the summer term
  • Speed networking events - talk to small groups about your role and what skills and qualities you require
  • Discovery Days - taking a small group of Y9 on site giving them a taste of what it’s like to work within your industry
  • Expert sessions – linking your industry to subjects in school – giving talks and assisting subject teachers about how the subject links into the world of work.

Working with Park Community School will bring direct and tangible benefits;

  • Raising your profile
  • Developing the future workforce
  • Improving staff recruitment
  • Achieving your Corporate Social Responsibility objectives (CRS)
  • Use of our beautiful conference facilities for your training needs
  • Use of our design and print company providing quality printing
  • Moulding your future apprentices from as early as Y9
  • Networking through our ambassador club events

If you would like to find out more about the possibility of becoming a business ambassador
please contact us via Email: Bussiness Links.