Life beyond Pensby

The Beyond Pensby Careers Programme:

A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning and work.  All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives.  Schools have a statutory duty to provide careers education in Years 7-11 (1997 Education Act, 2003 Education Regulations) and to give students access to careers information and impartial guidance (1997 Education Act, 2008 Education and Skills Bill).

Pensby High School is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7-13.

How is CEIAG delivered at Pensby High School?

The CEIAG programme is delivered through a variety of ways.  Some of these are age specific, others are more generic across all year groups:

CEIAG Programme

Year 7

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme. All About Me forms (to start individual career planning) – This encourages students to start the process of thinking of things they enjoy doing, that they feel they are confident in and their strengths and their future.

Year8

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme. Key Theme: Making choices & decisions.  The programme encourages students to think about the options process and identify their options choices.  In addition the programme focuses on the difference between school and work and encourages students to think about budgeting.

Year 9

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme.  Additionally, students will receive direct information to help them make post-14 options choices. Some students with specific identified needs will receive careers guidance interviews with the school’s Careers Adviser.

Year 10

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme and through KS4 careers focus sessions with our external provider Mploy.  Some students with specific identified needs will receive careers guidance interviews with the school’s Careers Adviser.  All Students are offered  the chance to undertake a one week work experience placement in October.

Year 11

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme and through KS4 careers focus sessions with Mploy.  All students in Year 11 will be offered at least one careers guidance interview with the school’s Careers Advisor. In addition, students receive direct information to help them make post-16 progression decisions. 

Year 12

CEIAG is delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme and through KS5 guidance sessions with Mploy.  Much of this is focused on supporting students to make decisions about applying for a place in Higher Education, or moving into the labour market. 

Year 13

CEIAG is delivered through discrete careers lessons, which focus initially on supporting students through their university applications. Students are able to request interviews and discussions with key staff regarding progression beyond school. As much support as possible is provided to help students make good, informed decisions, but there is an emphasis in Year 13 on students being proactive in this process.

In addition to all the above, Pensby High School recognises the importance of careers guidance being impartial and independent to ensure that young people make well-informed decisions about their future careers.  Students are able to talk to any member of staff, in particular teaching staff and form tutors, who will offer impartial guidance, or signpost them to other staff in a better position to help.  Students are also able to access information independently using school resources or via our Independent careers partner Mploy.

Throughout the academic year students will be offered other opportunities to enhance their ability to make informed career decisions.

  • Inspirational Speakers - A variety of inspirational speakers come to Pensby to speak to students about their experiences and how to be successful in achieving their goals. Many former students visit school to share their career experiences after leaving Pensby.
  • Careers Fair - Through our Careers Fair students have the opportunity to meet and talk to a variety of companies from a range of Jobs, Apprenticeships and Higher education. All our students in years 7-13 will be offered this opportunity.
  • Mock interviews - These take place every year for both Year 10 and Years 12 & 13.  These involve interviewers from a local Rotary Club preparing our students for interviews by asking challenging questions and encouraging students to be reflective and positive about their skills and talents.  Every student receives feedback about the interview and uses the feedback to improve their interview techniques and plan for their future.
  • University Visits – All students in years 7-13 will visit at least one University per academic year during their time at Pensby. In addition local Universities will send representatives to work with 6th form students on UCAS applications.
  • Brilliant Club (Scholars Programme) - During the academic year a cohort of year 7, 8, 10 & 12 students will have the opportunity to follow the Scholars Programme which is designed to emulate teaching and learning at a highly selective university.  PhD students and postdoctoral researchers will visit Pensby to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials that develop knowledge, skills and ambition.
    The Programmes begins with a Launch Trip at one of the Uk’s leading Universities, where our students meet their PhD tutor and take part in a carousel of learning activities, including the first tutorial. For the next four weeks PhD tutors will spend half a day a week in school delivering two tutorials each time. Students are required to undertake weekly reading and writing assignments that lead to the completion of an extended assignment which the PhD tutors then mark thoroughly.
    The programme finishes with another university trip, where students are given a tour of the campus, meet with outreach staff, receive feedback on their assignments and then attend a graduation ceremony.
  • Enrichment Days/Enterprise events – During the year students will have the opportunity to take part in Enterprise events delivered in association with one of our partners (The Wirral Chamber of Commerce)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award - Pensby hosts the Duke of Edinburgh Award for Years 9 and above. Students can take part in training during the week and expeditions throughout the year.

Extra-Curricular Programme – Pensby has a varied extracurricular programme that students can sign up to. The activities and clubs on offer can teach the pupils many of the skills that will be required in the work place.