Careers

Students can book an individual careers guidance interview with, Mr Martin, the Careers, Advice & Guidance Manager by visiting the Careers Centre in the LRC. Parents can also book a careers appointment for their child via the Parents page. Mr Martin is also happy to speak with parents either face to face or by email/telephone to discuss options and career choices

Careers Leader:  Steve Martin

Stephen.martin@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk  Tel. 01935 810118

Mr Martin is a Level 7 qualified Careers Guidance Professional and a member of the Career Development Institute and abides by their code of ethics which is displayed in the Careers office.  He provides independent, impartial advice on all the options available to young people at the Gryphon School.

Mr Martin offers expert, impartial guidance on the following topics:

  • Career Planning
  • UCAS advice
  • Apprenticeships and Employment with Training
  • Work Shadowing
  • A Level choice
  • Degree choice
  • Degree study in Europe and beyond
  • Personal statements
  • Student finance
  • CVs, applications, cover letters and interview skills
  • Interest guides
  • School leaver opportunities – apprenticeships, jobs & training schemes

Students also receive careers input via PSHE. Year 12 and 13 receive targeted support and are encouraged to discuss their career plans with Mr Martin in a flexible and appropriate manner.

Every Monday an updated list of current vacancies are posted on the Student Intranet showing local and regional apprenticeships at Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree level.

Careers Programme:

Year 7

  • Introduction into careers and introduction to Careers Pilot.
  • Ambitions – who inspires you? What/who do you want to be?
  • Visiting speakers from local employers

Year 8

  • Exploring Careers and budgeting
  • Visiting speakers from local employers

Year 9

  • Exploration of Year 9 options and future careers.
  • Introduction to University and Apprenticeships – visiting speakers from Universities/current apprentices.
  • Careers Pilot

Year 10

  • Work experience for vocational students.
  • Post-16 options & Personal Statements
  • Talks from local employers eg Leonardo Helicopters, Royal Navy.

Year 11

  • Taster days at local colleges.
  • Talks from local employers eg Leonardo Helicopters, Royal Navy.
  • Post-16 options
  • CV Writing

Year 12

  • UCAS Convention visit, UWE, Bristol for all Yr12 (transport provided)
  • Oxbridge Conference for early deadline students (transport provided)
  • Careers Cafes – Regular talks from leading professionals including an Architect, Barrister, Psychologist, Veterinary Surgeon, Journalist and Photographer.
  • Progression Day exploring all post 18 options

Year 13

  • PSHE – Non-UCAS
  • Support and presentations on CVs, Letters and Application formats
  • A Level results and clearing service
  • Careers Cafes – Regular talks from leading professionals including an Architect, Barrister, Psychologist, Veterinary Surgeon, Journalist and Photographer.

Post 6th Form/Year 11

  • Ex-Gryphon students can access support from the Careers Centre in the year after they have left, e.g. Gap Year students, those wishing to change their Uni course, look for apprenticeships or recovering from illness.

Information and Support

Information to support the careers programme can be found on the Portal pages linked below:

Pupils, parents, teachers and employers may also access further information about the careers programme by contacting the Careers Leader directly.  The Gryphon School also offers students and families the opportunity to book an appointment to see the Careers Leader. The Careers Leader is in school during the week and can provide tailored information, advice and guidance relating to the post-16 options available to students. To book an appointment to see the Careers Leader, please telephone or email Mr Martin directly using the contact details shown above.   The Head teacher and Governing Body of the Gryphon School are committed to providing an independent and impartial programme of Post-16 Information, Advice and Guidance to students in Years 7 to 11.

How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils

The Gryphon School, in the first instance, measures and assesses its career programme against the Gatsby Career Benchmarks.  The impact of its programme is assessed through both pupil and parent voice as well as such as a feedback card and associated info alongside destination info and other developments.

In relationship to other parts of the curriculum and other policies Careers education is conducted in accordance with the School’s equal opportunities policy, work experience policy, external visits policy and other relevant policies. The whole school remit of careers is recognised and the whole careers related curriculum is currently being developed alongside that of other areas so that careers education is an integral part of the whole school curriculum.

Management

The overall management of Careers Education and Guidance is with a member of the school’s senior management team, assisted by the Careers Leader/Adviser.

Further information about the programme for the Sixth form can be accessed here.

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