“Plan for the future because that's where you are going to spend the rest of your life.” (Mark Twain, American writer)

Our aim is to provide parents, carers and our students with independent, impartial advice to allow the young people in our care to make well informed, realistic decisions about their future and plan accordingly.

Much of our careers work is done through Personal Development lessons, with careers featuring in every year.  In Year 11, this is done through Learner Enrichment Days, with students making plans for their future and preparing for mock interviews.

We believe that developing employability skills is key, and all students in Year 10 are entitled to a week’s work experience.  This allows them to develop and evidence the vital transferable skills which future employers are looking for.

The opportunities to develop these skills are numerous and varied across all five years on main site and at Retford Post 16 too.  Our Student Leadership programme, for example, allows students to develop communication skills, to demonstrate responsibility and reliability and to show they are self-motivated and self-reliant.

All students receive a statement of entitlement outlining the careers information and guidance through Years 7 -11.

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Careers Information and Guidance Policy 2018-20

Our careers co-ordinators in school are Mrs S Edgar and Mrs S Shemilt.  They share an office on the ICT corridor and are available by phone on extension 616.  Our Vice Principal has strategic oversight of careers.

You may find the following external websites useful:

Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 years olds with their future career potential: https://www.startprofile.com/

The National Careers Service is an independent body which provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.  Their website can be accessed at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/; alternatively their telephone helpline is available between 8am and 10pm seven days a week on 0800 100 900.

iclould is a small charity providing career inspiration for young people.  They show what is possible in work and other different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories: https://icould.com/

The Apprenticeship Guide contains all you need to know about apprenticeships, including links to vacancies locally and nationally: http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/

Parental Guidance is a website providing careers information for parents and carers, to help and advise the young people in their care: http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk