Careers Leader- Mrs A Bibby
Email Address: SBibby@phs.cheshire.sch.uk
Phone number: 01625 871811
The Careers department provides all students with access to information advice and guidance to help students make realistic choices to reach their goals. We aim to guide students to reach their full potential.
If you are a local employer who is looking to get involved with careers at Poynton High School, please contact Mrs A Bibby.
At Key Stage 3 careers advice is taught through the student development days and aims to develop knowledge of work, careers and the next steps for students. We are available for advice during the Year 9 Options process.
At Key Stage 4 careers education is provided in two ways.
The first method is through student development days, developing knowledge and understanding of future plans, and what it is like in the work place.
The second is through the student development lessons, where they will become aware of searching for courses and jobs, the application processes and interview techniques.
At Key Stage 5 careers education will be run in conjunction with the Sixth Form team. Students will be given guidance on UCAS applications, choosing appropriate Universities, Colleges of FE, and places of work. Students will have access to specialist external advisors, form tutors, the Sixth Form team and the Careers team to receive advice on their future after Poynton High School. There will be Careers fairs, Further Education fairs, and a ‘Life Beyond Poynton Day’. All students will also be able to receive careers advice after A level results. Students looking for employment after Sixth Form will also be able to join the Employ programme for further support in applications.
We are proud to be part of the Macclesfield Pledge. The Pledge Partnership, part of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, puts employers at the heart of inspiring, informing and communicating with the next generation of employees in Cheshire and Warrington.
Employment Readiness Programme is a programme run in the Sixth Form from the end of Year 12 and throughout Year 13 and supported by our partners at The Macclesfield Pledge. This is aimed at students who are not applying to University. This will provide access to careers planning, help applying for jobs and Apprenticeships, plus the chance to meet local and national employers.
All Year 12 students undertake work experience in the summer term. This is a core part of their study programme.
We also use a programme called Start Profile to help students from Years 7-13 work on an action plan that they can regularly update to reflect their current destination plans and careers choices.
Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of 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. Start includes:
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.
Start Profile can be accessed at home on this website https://www.startincheshireandwarrington.com/ . Students should be regularly updating their online ‘Lockers’ with any notes, media or documents that give evidence of their skills and qualities. This will then be a useful resource for them when applying for future careers.
We have a specialist adviser working from school to provide further Careers Advice and Guidance. Students will be able to make appointments to have a guidance interview. Students request an interview via their form tutor.
Careers Adviser - Katy Rush. "I am passionate about careers advice and helping students reach their potential in their chosen career choices. I have more than 17 years’ experience providing high quality advice and guidance to support young people move successfully through key transition stages to GCSE, Sixth Form and into further and higher education, employment and training. I have worked in a variety of educational environments across Tameside and Manchester with a wide variety of students.
I have supported schools across Manchester in delivering high quality career education programmes through being a mentor for the Inspiring IAG award, which helps schools measure their career programmes against the Quality Careers Standard.
I have an NVQ 4 in learning development, including advice and guidance, a QCF level 6 qualification in career guidance and a diploma in career education gained through Nottingham Trent University".
How do we measure the impact of the careers programme on students?
The Careers programme is reviewed annually and then discussed at the governing board. As part of this review we seek the views of parents and students through questionnaires during the year. We also monitor progress against the Gatsby benchmarks using Compass+. The next review date is Autumn 2021.
The link below will take you to the Skills and Growth website which provides useful information about the top employment sectors, growth, population etc. in the Cheshire East area and includes Poynton. The map shows the location of large employers and the numbers of small to medium size employers (SME), as well as some demographic information from figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) from the National Online Manpower Information System (NOMIS).
Please Note: The demographics are based on published the most recent Census 2011 information; and the strategic businesses listed are those companies with over 250 employees, with a turnover of £1m or more and with a head office – or main operating base – in Cheshire East.
Students seeking to learn more about post 16 or post 18 vocational course opportunities at Macclesfield College can access details via our dedicated landing page at https://macclesfield.ac.uk/college/college-life/poynton-high-school-schools-information/
|The Careers Team|
|Careers Leader||Mrs A Bibby|
|Careers Advisor||Katy Rush|