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A 'Frequently Asked Questions' section has been added to the 'New Intake September 2022' page.

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 Careers

Parkside's Careers Providers Access Policy.

At Parkside, we strive to equip our pupils with the attitudes, values, skills and knowledge that they need in order to be successful in their futures. As part of this aim, we concentrate on raising aspirations and providing pupils with a stable and structured careers programme. By using the Gatsby benchmarks, we are committed to ensuring that our pupils have clear goals for their educational progress. We aim to ensure that pupils are well informed and equipped to make decisions regarding their future, by the time they leave for High School education.

Throughout Key Stage Three, pupils are provided with clear information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions. Links to potential careers are woven explicitly throughout the curriculum: real life contexts and the links between subjects and careers are made explicit across the school. In addition to this, pupils are provided with a wealth of opportunities to learn how the different STEM subjects help people gain entry to and be successful in a wide range of careers. We have excellent relationships with local businesses and universities, and ensure that all pupils participate in meaningful encounters with employers during their time at the school; enrichment activities include visiting speakers, an annual trip for Year 8 to the Skills and Careers show, visits and trips to places of work and universities, local business competitions and participation in enterprise schemes. Pupils are given clear, independent guidance about apprenticeships as part of their transition to High School.

For further information, please contact Mrs Terrey through the school office.


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On Thursday 3rd March, all pupils watched an assembly delivered by the Medical Mavericks.  During the assembly, pupils volunteer to demonstrate the use of a range of medical equipment (such as an infra-red vein scanner, an electro cardio graph and an ophthalmoscope). 
 
Throughout the assembly, pupils were informed of NHS career pathways (including a vascular scientist, a medical engineer and a cardiac physiologist) and routes into those careers.  The pupils were very enthusiastic and engaged throughout the assembly. 
 
One year 5 pupil said "I enjoyed finding out about the different jobs in the NHS that weren't medical".
 
Whilst another pupil reported "I liked seeing the different medical equipment and seeing what they do". 
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Volunteer It Yourself Project - 5th February 2020 

After a successful project last academic year, we were pleased to welcome back VIY (Volunteer it Yourself) to complete another project with 28 Year 8 pupils. A variety of skills were learned including health and safety in the workplace, basic plumbing and how to use several different power tools.

The Pupils had a fantastic project day building 4 picnic benches that can be enjoyed for years to come by Parkside pupils.

Can we take this opportunity to thank VIY for their continued support and our Year 8 pupils who conducted themselves impeccably throughout the project.

Mrs Terrey & Mr Swaffield

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 Victoria Cleland from the Bank of England Visits Parkside.

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On Friday, 22nd November, Parkside were privileged to welcome Victoria Cleland into school to speak with our KS3 pupils about her career within the Bank of England. Victoria Cleland is the Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Innovation, and Chief Cashier at the Bank of England. As well as having responsibility for all of the Bank’s involvement in banknotes (from design to distribution), she leads the Bank’s work on digital currencies. Victoria has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MBA from Imperial College London. Her career has been based at the Bank of England, covering a range of roles including: oversight of payment and settlement systems, financing of small businesses, graduate recruitment, Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor and immediately prior to heading the Notes area, Deputy Head of the Special Resolution Unit.

In her presentation to pupils, Victoria explained the function of the Bank of England and spoke to pupils about how Economics within the country operates. She also told us about Titan notes and some of the aspects of bank note and digital currency design. Pupils were then invited to ask some insightful questions. All of KS3 enjoyed this unique opportunity to speak with her and we learned a considerable amount about the economy and the role of the Bank of England. 


Creative Careers Week - Theatre Visit

On Wednesday, 20th November, 25 Year 8 pupils had the unique opportunity to visit PRG UK to look at potential careers in the events and entertainment industry, as part of Creative Careers Week.

PRG is a multi-award-winning supplier of lighting, video and rigging systems to the events and entertainment industry in the UK. Their clients include music touring companies, event producers, theatre designers, television production designers, and the producers of special events. The range of services offered by PRG covers everything from support at the conception, planning, and implementation stages, to technical equipment and follow-up for all kinds of events. PRG's extensive inventory of event technology is the largest in the world.

During the visit, PRG talked to pupils about the wide range of options for future careers within the entertainment industry which are not solely limited to drama and performance. They gave a tour of their facility and offered some practical activities, where pupils were able to experiment with the lighting systems and technology used within large events. Our pupils were full of enthusiasm and PRG stated that they were a credit to our school. We look forward to seeing some of them in the future, working on major TV programmes or music festivals as a result of this inspirational opportunity.Theatre trip collage


Marine Engineering Pathway Tour

On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September, Parkside welcomed the Marine Society and Sea Cadets into school to work with our Year 8 pupils, with their Marine Engineering Pathway Tour. Our pupils participated in a two-hour hands-on workshop which looked at the fundamentals of engineering through a real-life marine engineering scenario.

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Pupils had to design and build a ship which was stable in water to carry as much cargo as possible. They tested their ships to then discover which teams had succeeded in carrying the most cargo whilst staying afloat. The workshop coordinator was amazed by the high scores that our Year 8 pupils achieved through the days, commenting that Parkside pupils broke several records for the most cargo to be carried. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were enthused about engineering as a result.  


Network Rail Visit

On Friday the 8th March we had a special visitor come to Parkside to celebrate International Women’s day and females in engineering. Lorraine came to talk to our young children about Network Rail and all of the different career paths engineering can take you down. The children learnt about apprenticeship schemes and also how university can be another pathway. They also learnt about how the lights and signalling work on the railway and how plans for changes are submitted nearly 3 years in advance.
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