At Cockburn School all students receive a range of careers information through their form time activities, PSHCE / Citizenship lesson and assemblies. This may include online career searches to find out about different career opportunities to employer talks, employees individual accounts on their career journey, information on Apprenticeships and information regarding students’ next phase of their education from Colleges and Universities. Many specific careers based events or activities are organised either in school or off site.

The Careers team is made up of PSHCE / Citizenship teachers, a Guidance, Aspirations and Wellbeing Coordinator, an Independent Careers Adviser (in school 2 days per week) and a representative from Go Higher West Yorkshire and National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).

Our SEND students receive careers advice from Year 8/9. The student meets with the Independent Careers Adviser and a careers action plan is made to support their continuing journey on to college.

Students can also access the Careers Library near the Guidance, Aspirations & Wellbeing Coordinators office in the Maths Discovery Centre to research different career opportunities, colleges and universities.

During Year 10 the focus is securing a Work Experience placement within a career area each student is interested in. This is a valuable chance to gain an understanding of the world of work and career opportunities in that sector. The Guidance, Aspirations & Wellbeing Coordinator works with Year 10 students 1-1 during their Citizenship lesson and is available at break, lunchtime and after school for help and support.

During Year 11 each student will receive at least one 30 minute careers meeting with the Independent Careers Adviser where advice and guidance is given to help the student decide on a course and college to continue their journey in education. During Citizenship lessons students work on their UCAS college applications. Students are able to request further careers meetings if needed or drop in to see the Careers adviser at break, lunchtime or after school on a Thursday or Friday. The Guidance, Aspirations & Wellbeing Coordination is available Monday to Friday to support students with any issues or concerns.

The NCOP representative is available Monday to Friday to support students with any educational concerns, support Summer School applications and give advice on moving on to College or University.

Cockburn School aims to achieve a high level of careers guidance for all our students.

See below for useful websites giving a wealth of information on Careers and students’ next steps in education.

If you would like to support Cockburn School students with their career aspirations through offering a work experience placement, giving a talk on your area of expertise or advertise apprenticeships available to young people then please read our Provider Access Policy which details how to contact us.

CLICK HERE to view the Provider Access Policy 2018-19.

Website links:

General Careers Advice and Information Job and employment sector information Information from across the region Career zones to find out about different jobs Video clips giving information on different jobs / careers A tool to compare jobs / salaries
Careers Advice and Information for Specfic Sectors
Careers Matching Tests
On-line Prospectus
Local Colleges – Check out their website and open events
Apprenticeship Information First place to find information Upload your CV onto the Apprenticeship Hub
Football Programmes
Study programmes
Alternatives to Further or Higher Education
Higher Education compares university courses, including student satisfaction ratings,
graduate salaries and employment, tuition fees
and financial support, and cost of accommodation.