Welcome to Careers at Parkside
Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Parkside Community School. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future. As a result, the careers programme has a whole-school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.
At Parkside Community School, the senior leadership team are committed to delivering a robust programme of CEIAG – the link for this is Mr D. Mills, deputy headteacher. The school have a qualified careers lead, Mrs K. O’Sullivan, who is in post to manage careers provision across the school. Mrs L Wigston is our work experience co-ordinator.
Parkside Community School has publicly committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks” – the national quality award for its careers education, information, advice and guidance provision. Parkside Community School also uses the COMPASS tool to measure its provision in careers, information, advice and guidance against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Please take time to review the following documents:
Parkside Community School are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Career Mark by the National Quality in Careers Standard Awarding Body. The national award recognises excellence in careers, employability and enterprise in key stage 3 and 4.
As part of the assessment process, the assessor spoke to a group of pupils from each year group about their experience of career education at school. Over the past few years, Parkside Community School has been fortunate to enjoy a wide range of visitors to the school, including representatives from Microsoft, Google, Boeing, HS2, the local Fire Service, local business owners and local employers. Visitors have spoken to pupils about their jobs, skills, career paths, gender stereotyping, how they deal with challenges and setbacks and how the subjects they learn in school will help them throughout their lives. Pupils have practised key skills and learned many new things from participating in activities provided by visitors. During this time, we have also continued to strengthen our well-established links with Chesterfield College and local sixth form providers, as well as higher education providers through the HEPPSY+ project.
The Career Mark award highlights the outstanding work that has been done both by the Careers Team and also all staff across the school in linking curriculum areas to careers.
Our Careers Team
We are delighted to have secured the support of the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership.
Every pupil will receive:
- A one-to-one interview to identify an appropriate career path.
- A Career Action Plan that will detail the specific qualifications and experiences needed to enter their desired profession.
- Support with applying for Post-16 destinations for when pupils finish Year 11.
- On-demand support when visiting Post-16 destinations including colleges, sixth form schools, apprenticeship and/or training
Careers Quiz for Students (and possibly parents too!)
Unsure what career you might like? Take this quiz to see what roles might suit your current skills and preferences!
LMI For All's Careerometer - Compare Job Salaries
Destination advice for parents and students
Considering where to go after Parkside? Below are links to a wide range of local sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeship providers. Explore the options you can take at each one, find out what GCSE grades you need to be accepted, what you can expect to do and what you can expect to earn.
Useful Careers Websites
Derbyshire Apprenticeship Finder
WEX statement and information
Work Experience is an important part of the curriculum. It helps learners understand and develop the employability skills and positive ‘can-do’ attitude employers are looking for in a highly competitive economy. We also know that it has a more personal effect on learners. It helps them to understand their own strengths, and areas for development; it builds confidence in handling new situations and in working within a team of adults.
Work Experience is a placement on employers’ premises in which a student carries out a particular task or duty, or range of tasks or duties, more or less as would an employee, but with the emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience. All Y10 pupils undertake a two week work experience placement at a local provider during July of Y10. As a school, we have developed strong partnerships with a wide range of local businesses who accept our learners on placements every year. Pupils can also undertake their placement at a provider who they have personal links in, but this intention must be made clear to Mrs O’Sullivan and Mrs Wigston as soon as possible in order to allow the relevant paperwork to be completed.