2017-18 has been an exciting year for careers at Kings Priory School. Since the autumn we have actively engaged with the nationally respected Gatsby Benchmarks and made progress towards those benchmarks as our careers advice and guidance goes from strength to strength.

 In January 2018 we appointed Mr James Hand, as our school careers lead (a role he will combine with his geography teaching) and in the same month we were just as delighted to announce our first school enterprise adviser. Mr Tim Bailey of will work with us to build our links with local business in a range of different areas. Tim’s role was the result of our engagement with a local careers networking group organised by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership

 The Gatsby Benchmarks provide the structure to our growing careers programme which aims to give all our pupils the advice and guidance they need to make informed decisions at each of their school career crossroad points. In 2017-18 some of the activities or support we have provided in school are listed below:

  • All Year 8 pupils had a workshop sessions from the North Tyneside Connexions team to help them make their GCSE choices
  • All Year 10 pupils have been engaged in Esh Group’s Building My Skills project since September with regular speakers from local business visiting school
  • All Year 11 pupils have had a one-to-one impartial careers interview with a qualified careers adviser from North Tyneside Connexions. Follow-up interviews have also taken place for some pupils and our first ever Year 11 Apprenticeship workshop took place in March
  • School hosted over fifteen different employers in March for our second (now annual) Year 12 careers fair. All our Year 12s (& our Year 13s) now have a globalbridge profile to help connect with potential employers and university destinations
  • Year 13 have successfully completed their UCAS applications with 91.25% of Year 13 applying via UCAS. All those students not applying have had one-to-one careers interviews to help them with their next stage
  • School have agreed to work with Grofar to help track our careers programme for all our pupils as they move through school, so their careers profile is built digitally as they progress

Still to come in 2018…

  • Year 9 have a careers focus in their PHSE lessons and plans are being formed for their careers fair
  • Some Year 10s will join the Formica mentoring programme
  • Year 12 have a two-day school UCAS conference in July to help with their UCAS application and will attend the Tyneside UCAS fair in April. And advanced discussions are being held with to facilitate Kings Priory School’s first ever structured work experience programme for Year 12

Please keep checking back here, read the school newsletters and follow the senior school twitter feed @KPS_Senior for more careers news and advice. The twitter feed will retweet helpful information for parents and pupils too!

Other Useful Careers Links:

Careers Advice

Applying for University

Grants to help with studying

  • HE Student Finance (University grants) - Click Here
  • 16-19 Bursary Fund (grants for studying in Year 12/13) - Click Here

Volunteering and taking time out

  • National Citizenship Service (volunteering for 16/17 year olds) - Click Here
  • Advice about taking a Gap year - Click Here
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