Careers

Ponteland High School is committed to providing high quality career education to ensure that our students are happy, secure and achieve exceptionally well in their future lives.

At Ponteland High School we aim to provide all students with a rich careers education. We want all of our students to have the knowledge, skills and experience to access the career of their choice. In doing so we utilise the eight Gatsby benchmarks of the high-quality careers provision to regularly evaluate and improve our offer.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

You can find out more about what is going on in school currently through our Twitter page - https://twitter.com/CareersPontHigh 

An important part of our careers offer is the ‘Career of the Week’ shared in pastoral sessions. We aim to introduce our students to the diverse range of careers that students of our school are now involved in. If you are alumni of the school willing to share your career journey we would love to hear from you! You can find out more about the careers that have been shared in the folder below.

Our careers education is delivered in a variety of ways:

  • Sessions delivered through pastoral including our weekly ‘career of the week’ input.
  • Making links to careers throughout our taught curriculum
  • Assemblies
  • Encounters with employers, employees and experiences of workplaces at events inside and outside of school
  • Targeted personal guidance
  • Developing links to Pont High alumni and local businesses.
  • Opt-in events such as our CV-Builder and Interview Prep drop-in sessions.

Students will have the opportunity to speak with our Careers Coordinator, who will provide impartial guidance to them on a one-to-one basis. This will include information on a wide range of education and training options and will show no bias towards a particular institution, education or work option.

Weekly Careers Events

CV Builder allows students access to a range of CV and cover letter resources. Students can also use time in CV Builder to apply to further education courses, fill out job application forms and request references. 

Career Drop-In sessions are available to all year groups and run weekly on a Tuesday lunchtime for years 7 - 9 and Thursday lunchtime for years 10 and 11. The group allows pupils to discuss their option choices, identify useful career websites and resources and explore future career aspirations.

To support our work we will invite a range of education and training providers to visit our school and further information can be found in our Provider Access Policy here.

Our Careers Coordinators is Miss Anna Makepeace and she can be contacted at a.makepeace@ponthigh.org.uk. Our Careers provision is overseen by Assistant Headteacher, Mr Jonny Greenshields, he can be contacted at j.greenshields@ponthigh.org.uk

Post-16 Options

We know that for the majority of our students choosing to remain in school and progress to our highly successful 6th form will be the preferred option.

Further information our 6th form offer can be viewed by following the link below.

 

Some students will prefer to explore other options that may better suit their needs. Information about local colleges and apprenticeships are listed below.

Online Guidance and Labour Market Information

It is never too early to begin thinking about potential careers and future choices. We encourage students to be proactive in this and suggest the following as a good starting point.

Apprenticeships:

For information on how apprenticeships work and to see current vacancies please look at the following website:

The Baker Clause

Since January 2018 all local authority maintained schools and academies must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils in years 8 to 13 about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Schools must have clear arrangements in place to ensure that all pupils have opportunities to hear from providers of post-16 and post-18 options.

Our Provider Access Policy can be accessed here.

If you are a provider/employer and would like to offer apprenticeships, information and guidance, work experience placements or alternative provision for our students at Post 16, please contact Mr Jonny Greenshields, Assistant Headteacher.

Contact Mr Jonny Greenshields