At Wetherby High School we run a comprehensive Careers Advice and Guidance programme for students from Year 8 upwards. This ensures they develop the skills and knowledge needed to make independent educational and career choices.

This is delivered through PSHCE sessions and through structured events delivered by specialist independent careers advisors, local employers and Further and Higher Education providers.

There is much evidence to suggest that providing young people with opportunities to learn about the world of work and where they belong in it, can have a big impact and make a real difference to their lives. At Wetherby high School we offer a range of experiences and platforms for our students to learn about and gain first-hand experience about the world of work. 

Through the Chronicle, Wetherby high TV, PSHE lessons and by having a stable career programme our students gain careers knowledge and experience. Our students gain information from the local careers market, the labour market and through linking careers with the curriculum. Wetherby High students have encounters with employers and employees, with further and higher education providers and have work experience opportunities. (This year’s work experience will be virtual). 

Through assemblies, noticeboards, apprenticeship talks and fairs, and local post 16 providers fairs are students are able to make informed choices and decisions about their futures. 

We work in partnership with our parents to support students in career making decisions and offer support through whole year group meetings, phone calls, emails, and direct individual meetings.  

We run a variety of work-related activities across the year groups offering Enterprise Opportunities and competitions and for the understanding and development of employability skills. These include work experience, post 16 fairs, post 16 information evenings and coaching sessions where students access information on differing post 16 pathways, post 16 providers, learn how to search for a course, how to apply, how to write CV’s or personal statements, interview preparation, mock interviews with personal from local businesses advice on apprenticeships at all levels. Students have an online learning platform where they can gain information about careers, applications and preparation for interviews. The students have also motivational and careers talks from various providers and have access to useful websites.  

YEAR 8

The focus is on learning about the different job sectors and what qualities and qualifications are needed to make correct GCSE and other qualification choices.

YEAR 9

The focus is on development of the key employability skills, alongside teamwork, creativity, resilience and self-reliance.

YEAR 10

The focus is on continued development of the employability skills needed for the competitive job market. All students in Year 10 undergo two weeks of work experience.

YEAR 11

All students in this year have a careers interview with a local employer who offers advice and guidance through mock interviews.

Careers Leader: Mrs Jenny McCartney
Email: jmccartney01@wetherbyhigh.co.uk  | Telephone: 01937 522500 (main reception)