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.
Victoria Cleland from the Bank of England Visits Parkside.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer It Yourself Project
On Thursday 28th March, 27 Year 8 pupils had the opportunity to participate in a Midlands based vocational trade mentoring programme, ‘Volunteer It Yourself’, devised by The Careers and Enterprise Company, Wickes and City and Guilds. The programme has been designed to engage pupils in experiencing future careers through developing vocational trade skills and broader employability skills, through in-school workshops and participation in a building refurbishment project.
Pupils were led by volunteer trade skills mentors to collaborate and build three new picnic benches for use in school. They participated in two in-class workshops, followed by one day’s practical work experience. Pupils learned about skills development and career opportunities in the building / construction sector, developed self-confidence and team work skills, and gained ‘on-the-job’ experience volunteering and working alongside their mentors on the project. All materials were donated by Wickes.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and were proud with their accomplishments at the end. They were commended by the project mentors for their enthusiasm, work ethic and impeccable manners throughout the project. Their picnic benches will be a lasting legacy to their time at Parkside. Well done to everyone involved!
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.
On Friday 1st March, the whole school welcomed a guest speaker from the Medical Mavericks. The pupils were shown the variety of different departments, within the NHS, the amazing careers options and the different routes to get onto the career pathway.
On Tuesday, 29th January 2019, Parkside were thrilled to welcome Kathryn Gutteridge, the President of the Royal College of Midwives, to come and speak to all of Key Stage Three about her profession and the role of a midwife.
Kathryn was elected President of the RCM in June 2017 and is an established Consultant Midwife with a long history of clinical care in the NHS. She has worked in many diverse settings including neonatal services and community midwifery care. She is currently the Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women at Sandwell and West Midlands Hospitals NHS trust. Kathryn is passionate about women’s issues and particularly in relation to childbearing. Kathryn specialises in women’s psychological, emotional and mental wellbeing during childbirth.
During her talk, Kathryn was able to talk extensively about all of the responsibilities and roles involved in midwifery, and drew attention to the care for patients from the moment a baby is conceived through to the aftercare. She showed us some of her key “tools”, as well as some images of the Serenity Birth Centre in Birmingham, which she helped to design. She also spoke about routes into the profession and answered some challenging and thoughtful questions from out pupils.
The pupils were completely engaged throughout and found the talk fascinating – Kathryn spoke enthusiastically about her passion for her job and inspired several pupils to investigate midwifery as a career.
On Tuesday 15th January, KS3 welcomed Worcestershire Apprenticeships to come into school to inform pupils about the full range of apprenticeships which will be available through the Hub. Pupils found the talk interesting, particularly as Year 8 begin to consider Options at High School.
Bromsgrove District Plan Review Consultation
On Wednesday, 17th October, a group of 20 enthusiastic Year 8 pupils enjoyed participation in the Bromsgrove District Plan Review Consultation. Representatives from Bromsgrove District Council came to speak to the pupils about priorities they consider with regards to human and physical geography. They were then able to discuss a wide range of issues which were relevant to them as Bromsgrove residents, helping the planning team to understand what the issues are for young people in the District. Pupils will receive certificates for their involvement and the Council are going to keep us updated with how our pupils' contributions have influenced decisions and supported the next stage of planning.