January 2019

Careers events help students to develop the skills and attributes needed to succeed in the world of work and further education

Withernsea High School’s 2018-19 careers programme has been in full swing since September, with a number of successful events and activities having already taken place throughout the Autumn Term. These included a masterclass in entrepreneurship for Year 8 and 9 students, a visit to an Apprenticeships Pathways event at Bishop Burton College for Year 11 students and a business networking experience at the Hallmark Hotel which was enjoyed by members of our Sixth Form.

With many students across the school approaching a pivotal moment in their education, the momentum of careers information, advice and guidance continues to build throughout the Spring Term.

While our Year 11 students are currently preparing for this summer’s GCSE exams and assessing the options open to them for post-16 study or employment, our Year 8 students are on the brink of choosing their GCSE options which will shape the course of their studies over the next three years.

Year 11 ‘Your Futures’

Last Thursday, 24th January, Withernsea High School’s Year 11 cohort engaged in a full day of careers-based activities which explored everything from apprenticeships to interview techniques.

The ‘Your Futures’ event aimed to equip students with the advice and knowledge needed to help prepare them for entering the world of work or further education.

Throughout the morning, students benefited from sessions which explored interview skills and techniques, CV writing, Labour Market Information (LMI), apprenticeships and university life. These were delivered by a variety of guest speakers from Hull University, NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership), East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Smith and Nephew and Prospect Training.

During the afternoon, students were given an opportunity to put their skills to the test by taking part in a one-to-one mock interview experience with one of 27 local business leaders and further education providers who kindly gave up their time to offer students this invaluable experience. Towards the end of the day, students were given the chance to revisit their interviewer to receive feedback on their interview which will ultimately help them to further refine and enhance their future interview skills.

When not attending their interviews, students enjoyed talks delivered by representatives from a range of further education providers including Bishop Burton College, Wilberforce College, Wyke College, Hull College, East Riding College, HETA and HCUK Training. 

Withernsea High School Careers Advisor Viki Foster commented: ‘I would like to extend my thanks to all those who took part in the day and helped our students to gain new skills to prepare them for the workplace. The feedback that I have received from both students and visitors has been extremely positive and I am proud of our students for overcoming their fears and presenting themselves in a very positive way. They should be extremely proud of themselves.’

Samantha Page, Engagement Manager with ERYC Clinical Commissioning Group, added: ‘I was really impressed with the students of Withernsea High School. The standard was so high and they should all be really proud of themselves. It has instilled me with confidence that we have such talented, passionate and driven young adults coming in to the work place.’ 


Year 8 Steps to Success

On Wednesday 30th January, Year 8 students enjoyed ‘Steps to Success’ - a drama presentation delivered by the Performance in Education theatre company.

Funded by the University of Hull, Steps to Success aims to deliver important messages through light-hearted and engaging drama – helping younger students to understand the options that are open to them in the future.

The performance explored the variety of different educational pathways that students can eventually take, including routes to A-Level, BTEC and NVQ study, apprenticeships and degrees. It also touched on information about student finance and offered guidance on who to approach for advice about the topics covered.

Viki Foster commented: ‘Thinking about future options can seem daunting, especially for our younger students, which is why the Steps to Success performance is such a valuable asset in ensuring our students feel comfortable and confident with the choices they will eventually have to make. 

The light-hearted nature of this role play performance ensures key messages are delivered in a way that students find easy to understand, helping to increase their understanding and expand their knowledge on the many options open to them.'


ABOVE: Year 11 students benefited from one-to-one mock interviews as part of their Your Futures day.

BELOW: The Performance in Education theatre company delivered 'Steps to Success' to Year 8 as they prepare to choose their GCSE options.