Our aim is to provide an active and dynamic careers programme where pupils undertake a journey of informed self-discovery to identify their values and future pathways. This journey is underpinned by information, resources and practical experimentation, supported by strong industry partnerships.
Pupils are led on a progressive journey of skill and knowledge building, exposing them to a wide range of careers and study paths, equipping them as individuals to make informed decisions about their future. Using the Gatsby benchmarks, a good careers programme also helps to raise their aspirations, motivation and therefore achievement.
Within learning for life lessons in the Senior School, pupils are introduced to Morrisby, a complete and extensive online careers programme with aspiration testing to help pupils find career and study paths best suited to them. Pupils look at the skills and qualifications needed for a variety of roles and subjects. We help pupils explore possible future options and decision making strategies to help them choose their GCSE and A Level options.
Within the Culford VI lessons, pupils use Morrisby to research subjects and courses both in the UK and abroad, as well as degree apprenticeships and search jobs and labour market information. Pupils can share their Morrisby page showing favourited courses, universities and degree apprenticeships with parents.
Supporting pupils with our Sixth Form Choices, Oxbridge and Life After Culford events, we aim to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to help them with their post-18 choices. With further lessons and tutorials, we offer pupils extensive support with their degree choices and applications, as well as degree apprenticeships which are increasing in range and demand.
Talks are offered to pupils on a comprehensive and varied selection of careers from our OC’s and school community, offering pupils real life knowledge and experience of their roles and career paths. Pupils develop their interview skills from sessions with parents within a range of careers, putting the pupils through a series of rigorous interviews to give them a real and current knowledge of interview technique, with valuable feedback. Parents, OC’s and the Culford community offer their time to talk at career lunches with our senior pupils, giving them an individual feel for a range of jobs and careers, sharing honest experiences of their journey to their career, the choices they made, as well as how their sector is developing and future opportunities. Furthermore, we have specialists visit to talk to pupils about workplace expectations, as well as current and insightful information from HR specialists. All these can help with career decisions and enable our pupils to build a network, creating future opportunities for themselves, as well as initiating desire and raising aspirations.
We offer a comprehensive support package for any pupils aspiring to applying to Oxford or Cambridge. In addition to attending our Oxbridge Conference, pupils are invited to apply for the Oxbridge study group in Upper Fifth, giving them a taste of the application process and skills needed for the level of study. Every pupil applying to Oxbridge is supported by a specific teacher to mentor them in writing their personal statement, comparing the courses and preparing for and interview and/or assessment.
All Lower Fifth and Lower Sixth pupils are offered career profiling, a combination of psychometric testing and soft skills, personality and work-style analysis makes Morrisby Profiling the gold standard in careers and advice services. These assessments show aptitudes alongside their practical abilities, interests, aspirations and personality, allowing pupils to explore themselves and how they work in a new way. The data is analysed to deliver personalised and impartial results which include suggestions for further study and careers. Along with a lifetime login for further careers support, this will give pupils more confidence to make informed decisions about their future pathways.