Careers Info, Advice and Guidance

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Entitlement to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Career-MarkAt Hellesdon High School and in the Sixth Form, we aim to provide a comprehensive CEIAG programme, for which the school has been awarded the nationally recognized ‘Career Mark’ quality award.

All students receive a planned programme of careers education from Year 7 through to Year 11. Its aims are to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to manage lifelong learning and career development.

In Years 7, 8 and 9, careers education is taught in Religious Studies lessons.

In Year 7 you will focus on the personal qualities and skills which will help you to succeed and be employable in the future: skills like assertiveness, teamwork and resilience.

In Year 8 you will start to think about your future and continue to focus on employability skills. You will be given help and support to choose two options subjects which you will study for three years. This will include tutor group discussions and an Options Evening in the Spring Term.

Another activity which takes place in Year 8 is an Enterprise Day where you will be working in groups with local employers to create and run your own company for a day and you will learn about the different job roles involved in business and industry.

In Year 9 you will learn about tax and earnings, expenditure and budgeting, banking and saving and will learn about British industry and find out about the kinds of jobs which are growing in Norfolk. You will also have a lesson with the Careers Adviser about choosing another two options and you will learn how to research careers ideas using careers websites. There is another Options Evening in the Spring Term.

In Year 10 you will have timetabled careers lessons once a fortnight with the ICT teachers. You will look at a wide range of topics including preparation for work experience, local labour market information, post 16 options including A levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships and jobs, CV writing, writing covering letters and interview skills. You will also learn about potential finance for further study and transport availability to get you to college, sixth form or employment.

At the beginning of the Year 10 programme you will complete a careers questionnaire (JED), to help you identify some possible careers for the future – you will be given time to research and present information about these jobs to your group.

In Year 10 you have an opportunity to go out on work experience for one week in the Summer Term, but it is up to you to find an employer who is willing to take you. You can get more information about this from your tutor or Head of Year.

In Year 11 you will be reminded about important deadlines like applying to college and Sixth Form in assemblies, and will get talks from the Head of Sixth Form and representatives from local Colleges and Apprenticeship training providers.

One to one guidance
You can get help and advice about your future at any time while you are in school. The school’s Careers Adviser, Mrs Warnock, is in school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during term time.

You can ask your tutor to make you an appointment – or you can make one yourself – by filling in a yellow form and putting it in the post box outside the Careers Office, which is at the bottom of the A staircase, opposite A3. Most students ask for help when they are in Year 11 when they need help choosing what to do next; other students ask for help and advice during the Options process.

Visits and Talks
As well as the careers programme above you need to listen out for information about visits to careers events and careers talks taking place in school. These are usually advertised on the big screens or during morning notices. Events taking place in the last year have included visits to UEA, Medicine Club and a talk on Veterinary Science.

Management of provider access requests
A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr Niall Sully, Head of Social Sciences & Careers Leader – tel: 01603 424711, email: nsully7nrq@nsix.org.uk

We run a series of careers assemblies for individual year groups to facilitate students’ knowledge of available pathways. If a provider would like more information on this please contact the careers leader.

Further information

Young people need to remain in learning until they are 18, and they are able to choose from the following options:

  • Full-time education in a school or college
  • Work-based learning eg Apprenticeship
  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week

Please click to download a guide to supporting students (pdf) for parents and carers. And click here to read the HHS Careers Policy (pdf)

Success at School is a useful website where young people can explore careers, get the lowdown on employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.

Looking for Work?

There are several ways of looking for job vacancies. The important thing is to start the process early and not leave it until you’ve taken your exams.

Local (and national) newspapers – in Norfolk, the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) advertises job vacancies in its Thursday edition. If you don’t get the paper at home, it is available in the School Library, and you can browse its jobs section online.

Websites – there are many websites which advertise vacancies. In Norfolk, the main website for young people is www.helpyouchoose.org and job/apprenticeship vacancies are advertised in the ‘Jobs’ section. There is also a link to the national apprenticeship website. It’s also a good idea to look on company websites as vacancies are often advertised there. Keep checking these websites regularly, as vacancies are put on them as they appear.

Networking – many job vacancies are never advertised. Remember to use any contacts that you have to help you search for work. This could include members of your family, family friends, neighbours and people you met on work experience.

Useful Links for Y12-13



Higher Education

www.ucas.com – official University and College degree information website

www.ukcoursefinder.com – a quick way to find courses

http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/ – compare data on educational institutions and courses


UnionView on www.youtube.com – independent view of universities and student life

www.push.co.uk – independent guide to UK Universities

www.thestudentroom.co.uk – students exchange academic and social knowledge and experiences

www.applytouni.com – covers all aspects of applying

www.studyinholland.co.uk – information on Dutch universities

www.fulbright.org.uk – information on studying in the USA

www.studentfinanceengland.co.uk – financial support

Graduate job market

www.prospects.ac.uk – detailed information on the graduate job market, including starting salaries


Not going to University – useful websites

www.helpyouchoose.org – Norfolk’s 14-19 careers advice website

www.apprenticeships.org.uk – National Apprenticeship website – register to receive vacancies (free)

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – lots of information about gap year and employment options

www.unisnotforme.com – alternatives to Higher Education


General Careers Information

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – National website. Good information about CVs. The ‘Job Profiles’ contain good careers information about lots of jobs and careers. Young people can contact Careers Advisers via phone, webchat.

Success at School – a really useful site for young people who want to explore careers, get the lowdown on employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.

All About School-Leavers – the various pathways for school leavers, all in one place.

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