Introduction

Careers Advisor

Hello, I’m Charity.   I think I’m the newest member of staff but if I’m not the newest I’m the most excited to join the team at Court Fields School.  I’m the schools new Careers Advisor and have the job of supporting your child by providing them with information, advice, and guidance on colleges and careers and running events and activities that will inspire and excite them about their futures.

I have worked in both large and small organisations including Barclays Bank, a primary school and most recently Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC).  Part of my role at BTC was to work alongside the school so I may look familiar to you from my visits to parent’s evenings!  My most important job has been to support my own children through school, college, and University and to watch them thrive and grow which has been amazing.  Now that my children have left home my life is much tidier and quieter but I’m still busy walking my Jack Russell Bella and looking after Charlie my tortoise.

I am really looking forward to meeting all the pupils at Court Fields over the coming months and look forward to meeting you soon.

If you think I can help, or you need to talk through college options or courses please get in touch by emailing me at charityhunt@courtfields.net or call the school office

Careers Policies

See how we are doing against the Gatsby Benchmarks

Moving on to the world of further studies and work may feel like a long way off for our students, but it will arrive far more quickly than they realise, so it is important that they have strong support in preparing for this. Our careers and futures program of support starts in year 7, developing their ideas of themselves, their interests and what they enjoy doing. This is part of the PHSE program and subject specific links are made in lessons about how skills and knowledge could link to later life. This work continues through year 8 and into year 9 where students will receive support in choosing their optional courses in year 9, and planning their pathway after they leave us at 16. This support will allow the students to make informed choices that are right for them.

From year 10 students are given a 1:1 interview with our careers adviser to guide them through the process of applying to college or post-16 training providers. For many this will be an informal chat, but for those who need more support this can be a series of meetings with sessions tailored for their needs. Parents are welcome to attend these but you will need to contact the careers adviser to arrange a time that is suitable for everyone. The focus of carers in PHSE will move to writing applications, CVs and interview skills, ensuring they have the experience needed to approach these tasks confidently.

We want to ensure that the students at Court Fields School are aware of as broad a range of careers as possible. If you feel that you could offer an insight into your profession then please contact the school.

If you need to contact the school about careers related matters please email the Careers Lead, Elly Hutchinson on ehutchinson@educ.somerset.gov.uk or call the school. Follow us on Twitter @CFSFutures for all the up to date information and tips.

Scholarships 2021/22

Scholarships recognise exceptional aptitude and talent in a chosen area.   Our local private schools are welcoming both visits and applications from Year 11 students this term.


Kings
Our Sixth Form (16+) awards recognised excellence and potential; in a range of areas of importance to the school.  All awards are made on the basis of open competition and carry clear expectations of involvement and achievement.  
There are several Sixth Form Scholarships available; these are Academic, Music, Sport, Drama & Performing Arts, Art, Design Technology and BTEC Sport.
Link to find out more -  https://www.kings-taunton.co.uk/sixth-form-scholarships. 
Taunton School
Every year, we are delighted to recognise and support pupils who have artistic, academic or sporting gifts with Scholarship Awards, Headmaster’s Awards and Bursary Awards (also known as Assisted Places). We warmly invite day and boarding pupils from any school to apply for an award and discover the benefits of an inspiring Taunton School education.
We are proud to help our students to aim high and achieve their goals, and this includes being offered places at Oxbridge and leading universities in the UK, USA and Europe. We are educating our pupils to give them the qualifications and confidence to pursue their chosen careers anywhere in the world.
We offer the broadest possible curriculum in the Senior School and our Year 11 and Sixth Form results are regularly amongst the best in the region. As a non-selective school, we are particularly proud of this achievement and feel it is testament to our aim of helping every pupil reach their true potential.
Link to find out more -  https://www.tauntonschool.co.uk/scholarships-and-assisted-places/




Routes into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths STEM

This in an innovative and exciting opportunity for all students ages 13-16 to explore the various routes they can take towards their STEM career. Suitable for all academic abilities – all that is required is a genuine interest in STEM subjects and inquisitiveness about what the future can hold.

National Apprenticeship Service

Click here for more information

Careers Resourses

www.careerpilot.org.uk is a free site that helps young people plan their future study and work. It is a great resource for young people, their parents/carers and also teachers and tutors, who are advising students about the full range of options.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

For information on Apprenticeships, what they involve and how you can find one, follow this link - www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

Careers Hub – Student Padlet

Careers Hub – Student Padlet

This is a fantastic resource an electronic notice board that provides both students and parent / carers up-to-date information on:

  • What Careers may suit me
  • Post 16 Options
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • T Levels
  • How to get into different jobs
  • Higher Education
  • Taking a Gap Year
  • Virtual Work Experience
  • Distance Learning
  • Information for Parents / Carers
  • Somerset Area

https://hotswcareershub.padlet.org/jacquelinehobson/yfp4rek12r1g196h

Pupil Destinations GOV

For more pupil destination data please visit the Court Fields School GOV performance page. 

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