The Guidance Programme
Career support is embedded across both years of the Sixth Form experience but is chiefly delivered in the specialised Guidance Programme. This builds a range of experiences that inspire and support the students into a wide range of career opportunities which includes UCAS advice (please see that section of the website). We have close links to local employers through the “Business Friends of Thirsk School and Sixth Form” which enable many of our work placements to become job opportunities or apprenticeships. Our regular monitoring of the apprenticeship website enables students to select a career path that suits them.
Our Guidance Programme involves information on all aspects of health which includes talks from local nurses and sexual health experts. Our driving safety is supported by both the local fire service and drama productions to educate our students on careful driving and the risks associated with alcohol and drugs. When not led by external presenters, our tutors and pastoral team deliver a range of lessons aimed at reducing stress, managing work load and at becoming more effective learners. This is supported throughout the year with the study skill sessions that can become part of the EPQ qualification.
Parents evenings support this process with a Year 12 welcome evening, a Year 13 University application evening, a post-18 Careers evening in addition to the subject based parents evening. Our team of careers advisors and experienced tutors continue to interview, challenge and support all individuals into the next stage. Career aspirations are tracked from application to the college until the students make the transition to the next step of their career.