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Summary of Oldbury Wells School Careers Programme

September 2018-July 2019                            

Careers Education is an integral part of Personal, Social and Health Education and tutor periods. Oldbury Wells School has its own dedicated Careers Advisor; Melanie Lawrence (Post grad dip QCG) Melanie is in school one day per week, usually Wednesdays. Appointments are available during lesson time and there is a ‘drop-in’ facility at break time, lunchtime and after school. The Careers Room is next to the school library.

We are now working with Ruth Broome, who is our school Enterprise Adviser. She has a background in Human Resources, Business Consultancy and Recruitment. She has established and now runs her own business. She is volunteering her time to help Oldbury Wells School establish links with local employers.

Oldbury Wells School provides careers education and opportunities for all students. The programme includes:

Year 7:  A number of assemblies and presentations, which help students to start thinking about their future including: what qualifications are needed for which careers, the importance of EBacc subjects (English, Maths, Science, Computing, Languages, History and Geography) and thinking about University and Apprenticeships. There will also be a work place visit to a local employer in the autumn term.

Year 8: Students are supported in choosing their option subjects, so they complement any career they might choose to follow in the future. There is a year 8 Options Evening and a number of Options Assemblies, delivered by subject staff. Students will use on-line Careers resources during this process. Year 8 will have an opportunity to visit a work place as part of the History visit to Big Pit – a major tourist destination in Wales. They can also attend the Careers Fair in January.

Year 9:  Students will have a number of careers talks in assembly, from local employers and from local colleges and apprenticeship providers. They will also be able to attend the Careers Fair in January. Some of Year 9 will also have the opportunity to visit to a local university.  

Year 10:  Year 10 students have a careers focus in PSHE lessons in the autumn term. In these sessions guidance given on job sectors, relevant careers websites, how to look for and apply for jobs, college/Sixth Form places, CV/Cover letter writing. There will be several careers talks in assembly and students can attend our Careers Fair. Melanie starts Careers Interviews with students in the summer term to discuss options after year 11. Most vocational students will complete work experience and Year 10 students are strongly encouraged to complete work experience in the summer holidays.

Year 11:

Students are supported in applying for local colleges, apprenticeships and places at 6th form. Students will complete work in form time to assist this process. There is a Sixth Form Information Evening for students and parents and a PSHE lesson dedicated to giving students independent advice. At Oldbury Wells Careers Fair local colleges, training providers, universities and work places will be present.

All year 11 students will have a careers interview with our independent careers advisor, Melanie Lawrence. All students applying to Sixth Form will have a meeting with the Head of Sixth Form, or senior member of staff, to discuss subject choices and career aspirations.

Some Year 11 students will have the opportunity to visit local employers. There is a trip to the Apprenticeship Show and What Careers Live at the NEC which students can choose to attend if they wish.

Year 12 and 13:

All year 12 students attend CORE on Monday afternoons. Through this session, impartial information advice and guidance is given. There are talks delivered by universities, training and apprenticeship providers and local employers. Students also complete work ready and employability skills activities.

If students choose to apply to university, there is guidance in CORE and tutorial periods; on personal statement writing, choosing courses, university life and student finance. We hold an annual UCAS Information Evening for parents in June. 

There are trips to events such as, What Careers Live, The Apprenticeship Show, Oxbridge Conference, UCAS Conference and visits to local universities. Year 12 and 13 can also attend Oldbury Wells Careers Fair.


Careers Interviews

If you would like an appointment, please see Mrs Barlow, based in the Key Stage 4 Office on the East Side and she will pass a message to Mel. Alternatively, please see Mel in the Careers room next to the library to arrange an appointment or email  You can follow Melanie on twitter at @melcareers for up to date local and national careers information. 



Our Careers Leader in school is Katharine Warner. Please contact her at or telephone 01746 765454


Measure and assess the impact of the careers provision

(1) Published data: The Department for Education publishes a range of data on pupil destinations at 16 and 18 and we compare our school locally, and to all schools in England.

(2) Evaluating activities: We will try to evaluate the success of each activity by asking our students for feedback on the impact of the activity.

The Careers Programme will be reviewed in June 2019.