Careers education, information, advice and guidance is available to all students at Shipston High School, it is woven throughout the daily curriculum through lessons, specific activities and whole day events. The Government has launched a new careers strategy placing The Gatsby benchmarks at the heart of careers provision in schools, which we aim to adopt as a mark of quality provision.

At Shipston High School we work very hard to ensure all students have a positive destination when they leave school.

Year 7 and 8
Students take part in Careers days. These involve thinking about their futures and what skills they might need to reach their potential.

Year 9
We hold a Further and Higher Education Day where students take part in various different workshops, which are delivered by Further Education providers and outside industries. These
range from Universities, sixth forms, colleges to apprenticeship providers like Jaguar Land Rover, Jacob Douwe Egberts, Comau, Owen Mumford, Ricardo, Stratford Manor Hotel and many others.

Until the end of Year 9 choices about what students study are made for them. However, during Year 9 students choose their options and start to take more control and have more responsibility. Since the choice of subjects they study, and the ones they leave behind may affect what they can do in the future, Year 9 students have careers talks during lessons and targeted one-to-one meetings with the Careers Advisor to help them make informed choices.

Year 10 and 11
The curriculum includes timetabled fortnightly careers lessons to give students all the advice and guidance they need to make the right choices. These lessons cover work experience, sixth form, college, apprenticeships, application forms, mock interviews, CV writing, life skills, communication skills, careers and labour market information (CLMI), employability skills and much more. There are also many visits from local companies and businesses, sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeship providers and universities, with ex- students even coming in to tell us what they are doing and how they got there. In addition there are special assemblies with various guest speakers. In the Autumn term we hold a Further Education/Careers Fair open to Years 9, 10 and 11 and their parents which is attended by local education and apprenticeship providers.

All students in Year 10 and 11 have a one-to-one meeting with the Careers Advisor, and if required they can be seen as many times as they need. This is supported by visits out of school to industry, universities, sixth forms and colleges for pupils to experience for themselves what their next steps will be like. We are also available to help anytime with applications forms.

Work Experience
All Year 10 students are expected to take part in work experience for a week during the Summer term. Former placements have included many local businesses and companies who willingly work with us including architects, graphic designers, computer programmers, radio stations and engineering companies, including Aston Martin and Formula 1 teams; we have even had students with the England Cricket team! The school has excellent links with local employers to help the students find meaningful placements that they are really interested in.

Unifrog is an online complete destinations programme available to students, teachers and parents. It provides a one-stop-shop where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for the best next-step after school. We use Unifrog as a tool to support students to research career choices and to make decisions on their post 16 studies. (see link below for more information)

Please see Careers Plan and Careers Curriculum map for more detailed information about our Careers programme.

If you as a company or education provider would like to get involved with our Careers programme please contact the Careers Leader at the school. (See provider access policy).

All students leave Shipston High School at the end of Year 11. The government has raised the participation age for education or training meaning students are required to stay in further education or employment with training until they are 18. Our students travel to many different places after they leave Shipston.  We work very hard to ensure that all students have a positive and appropriate destination on leaving us.  Details can be found in the Destinations document below.

Below are some useful links and information about the options available to students after they leave us.

Careers documents