‘Ambition’at the heart of work at Bournville

As one of our Trust values, ‘ambition’ is at the heart of our work at Bournville.  Our last Ofsted report stated ‘Students speak positively about the quality of advice and guidance they receive on choosing course options and on future career pathways. Consequently, the proportion of students who go on to employment, education or training when they leave school is consistently very high.’  Since 2010 the school has achieved 0% NEET and only this week we have confirmed this is once again the case for our leavers in 2017.

When we ask students what they value most from our Careers Department they talk of the impartial advice and guidance they receive from our independent careers advisor, Gurjit Matto.  All of our year 11 students meet with Mrs Matto at least once.  She is able to give them practical information on how to make applications as well as suggest new possibilities.

Despite success, we continue to improve our CEIAG program.  Our newly appointed curriculum leaders, Rhian Field and Vicky Meaney, have re-written our PSHE curriculum, which this half-term explicitly focuses on Careers Education with the aim to raise aspirations amongst our students.  Each year group has considered a different aspect of careers education and, whilst our younger students have assessed their employability skills, our older students are already preparing for life after Bournville.  Year 10 are organising work experience placements and Year 11 learning how to prepare for interviews and to fill in application forms.

To better inform our students we have organised a Careers Fair for all.  On October 10th, over twenty local schools, colleges and employers will be in school to advise and guide our students.  There will be information about A Level courses, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships as well as some well-known local employers such as Birmingham City Council and Jaguar Land Rover.  We will ensure students are fully aware of the local labour market, the opportunities available to them and what they need to do now to achieve their aims.

We want the very best for our students!

Holly Poole

AAHT Humanities, Business and Computing.