Southall School is committed to ensuring all pupils are exposed to a wide range of businesses, careers advisors, colleges and work related learning, to facilitate their independence in school and secure their future destinations.
As a school, the following have been implemented to achieve this vision:
- KS3 careers lessons included in the curriculum from September 2018
- Internships at the Premier Inn from January 2018
- College links – pupils rotate between Telford College, Shrewsbury College and Walford
- Independent Travel Training
- Careers and College evening – held annually (Last took place October 2017)
- Assemblies – colleges, businesses and advisors deliver assemblies to KS4
- Work experience week in Year 11
- Jobs programme in Southall School – accessible to all pupils
- Future Focus Advisor, Karen Carter, on school site to offer guidance to pupils
- Bespoke programmes created to ensure pupils do not become NEETs
- Annual awards evening to commence June/July 2018
Southall School recognises that it is important to support pupils work related skills as early as possible. In KS3 pupils access a careers lesson once a week to enable them to recognise and develop their work related skills.
The curriculum also enables pupils to access links to different businesses and speakers related to the world of work.
Southall School, since Spring Term 2018, has developed its links with businesses to enable an internship programme for KS4 pupils.
Currently, the school is linked with the Premier Inn. This link has enabled 2 pupils in the Spring Term and 5 pupils in the Summer Term, to access an internship once a week between 10am and 2pm. Pupils are developing their work-related skills in areas such as housekeeping, front of house and catering.
Our college link programme enables students to make an informed choice on their post 16 provision.
Taster sessions include (Please click on the name of the locations to take you to there website):
Walford College – Animal Care
Telford College – Catering
Shrewsbury College – Motor Vehicle and Construction
Pupils take part in College activities on a Wednesday afternoon and receive accredited career progression lessons, delivered by Southall staff throughout the morning. All students also attend Arthog Outreach Centre in Wellington, taking part in outdoor, confidence and team building activities. Groups swap every 11 weeks, enabling all students to participate and benefit from the full transition experience.
Independent Travel Training:
All young people are entitled to the greatest degree of independence possible for them. Some young people need extra support in learning the skills necessary to travel independently. The ability to do these things helps young people to begin to make the most of their opportunities for education, work and recreation. Independent travel training is carried out by Julie Williams our Telford and Wrekin Independent Travel Adviser. Students are supported in learning to use public transport and developing the necessary skills for safer independent travel.
Careers and College Evening:
Working with Future Focus, Southall hosts an annual ‘Transition Evening.’ Year 9, 10 and 11 students and their parent/carers are invited to attend. This is a drop in event and is an opportunity to talk to Post 16 Education and Training Providers who assemble under one roof for the evening. It is also a chance to meet those who can provide support, information and guidance about moving on from school. Organisations that can support young adults into work after they have completed a college course and/or training also attend.
It is an excellent opportunity to find out information to support transition, including details about transport, benefits and supported leisure activities in the area.
Pupils in KS4 attend weekly assemblies led by guest speakers from colleges, businesses and representatives within the local community.
Work experience is offered to all year 11 students at Southall. Students spend one week on an independent placement. It allows pupils to put into practice the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have learnt in the classroom.
World of Work Week:
Students have the opportunity to visit different employers and businesses accompanied by Southall staff. World of Work Week is our alternative offer to independent placements and is in place for those students who might find work experience too challenging.
Southall School have developed a jobs programme in school to enable all pupils in KS3 and KS4 to develop their work – related skills.
These jobs involve:
- Feeding and caring for the chickens
- Delivering dinner registers
- Supporting the office in delivering messages, sorting the stationary cupboard
- Changing the visual timetables in the hall for dinner
Southall School recognizes the importance of providing careers and college guidance and support to our pupils. To ensure that pupils receive comprehensive information about careers and colleges post Southall, there is a Future Focus representative, Karen Carter, who is based on the school site once a week. This enables all pupils to access Future Focus for information, as well as all have an individual meeting to discuss their aspirations, as well as support their pathway post Southall.
Southall School is passionate about celebrating the achievements of all pupils, academic and vocational.
An Awards Evening will be held annually, to celebrate the achievements pupils have made in their studies, during work experience, sporting achievements and other work related achievements. Pupils will receive awards and certificates for their successes, which will be delivered by businesses and staff involved in the pupils’ academic and vocational achievements.
At Southall School, we recognize that a ‘one fit for all’ curriculum does not meet all pupils’ needs. Therefore, bespoke programmes have been developed to ensure that all pupils can access different resources and information to help inform their choices for their future pathways. These bespoke programmes include Wyldwoods, Telford Drive and the DIY project in Wellington.