Careers and Enterprise

Exam Information
Our Teacher in Charge of Careers and PSHE is: Mrs Suzanne Wiltshire

You can contact her via email at: wiltshires@st-marks.org.uk

Our Vision

Building upon the foundation of our school values; Wisdom, Ambition and Integrity, we aim to provide the students of St Mark’s with the knowledge and skills they will need to be future employees and potential employers in the context of business and enterprise.

In partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and via our PSHE programme we aim to manage and co-ordinate arrangements for effective careers education, information and guidance for all students. This is achieved by:

  • A structured PSHE programme of careers education for Years 7 – 11
  • Careers interviews with a Careers Co-ordinator from Year 10 upwards
  • Trips to local businesses
  • Trips to colleges and universities to experience/learn about different courses
  • Assemblies from apprenticeship professionals and colleges
  • Student ambassadors from local universities visiting PSHE lessons in Y9-11 to deliver a ‘Futures’ programme.
  • A Careers Advisor available at Parents’ Evenings for Years 9-11
  • Further education providers attending Key Stage 4 parents’ evenings
  • Year 10 visit to the annual Jobs Fair provided by Bath College

Key Stage 3

Year 7

As part of the PSHE programme, Year 7 explore career plans for their future and how to develop employability skills necessary for later life.

Year 8

Students develop, as part of the PSHE programme, their decision-making skills, and learn about the importance of making informed decisions. Using life skill lessons, they explore opportunities available to them and which careers may suit personal qualities.

Year 9

Students begin to explore the world of work, consider their own self-awareness of their personal skills and qualities, and continue to develop decision-making skills. This includes looking at their Option choices for Level 2 courses with local university student ambassadors, voluntary work and how to develop enterprise skills.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Students explore the new skills they have gained since starting Key Stage 4 and start to consider how to prepare for life after school. They look at building skills, networking and being entrepreneurial; along with a session using local university student ambassadors to look at ‘Futures’ – apprenticeships or further education.

Year 11

Students prepare for making successful applications for post-16 training. Guidance is given about available opportunities and careers guidance is available to all Year 11. Building a CV, creating college applications, researching ‘next steps’ including sessions with local university student ambassadors and local colleges.