Leweston aims to respond to the needs of each individual student, provide good quality, impartial careers guidance and raise student aspirations.
The careers programme at Leweston is based on the eight Gatsby Benchmarks recommended by the government to ensure good practice in career guidance. They are:
- A stable careers programme.
- Learning from careers and labour market information.
- Addressing the needs of each student.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers.
- Encounters with employers and employees.
- Experiences of workplaces.
- Encounters with further and higher education.
- Personal guidance.
The first Gatsby Benchmark is met through a comprehensive programme of careers activities which take place during PHSRE drop-down days and tutor time. During these sessions, labour market information on the fastest growing job sectors is discussed, helping students to make informed career choices. The value of taking STEM subjects at GCSE and A level is highlighted through videos and visiting speakers. Other topics covered include employability skills, interview practice, CV skills, Linkedin profiles, the importance of extra-curricular activities and social media mistakes that harm careers.
Promoting equality and challenging gender stereotypes is a priority at Leweston, as well as a flexible and individualised approach to education and career guidance. Students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form are interviewed on a 1:1 basis to provide personalised advice. Career information is also delivered by subject teachers linking potential careers to topics within the curriculum.
There are opportunities to meet employers and employees during PHSRE drop-down days, and by utilising the extensive network of Old Antonians, with many willing to advise or mentor pupils considering their fields of study or employment. A number of employers and apprenticeship providers exhibit at the UCAS Higher Education Convention visit, which takes place in Year 12. Furthermore, the Sixth Formers are given information and encouraged to attend university open days. Local apprenticeship events are also promoted.
Work experience is vitally important and Year 11 students receive support to help organise work experience after their GCSEs. Careers support and guidance is also available to students and parents at key points in the academic year, including the KS4 and Post 16 Options Evenings, as well as Year 7-13 Parents Evenings and results day.