Bishop Walsh has a comprehensive careers education and work related learning programme that is continually being updated and improved upon.
Career Adviser role – I see my role as complementing the careers education programme by providing a service to all pupils ( mainly years 11-13 ) that includes face-to-face career interviews, assembly talks, a lunchtime drop-in facility, email contact, this new careers website and a consultancy service to school staff to help them to support pupils with their career related decisions.
The Team! – I work closely with Mr Howes, Mrs Marston-Smith, Mrs Hayes, Mrs Killworth / Ms Dunphy and the teaching assistants to ensure we are offering pupils the best support possible with their careers education and guidance.
How Pupils Can Contact Me – Pupils can contact me at any time, either just to ask a question or to book themselves in for a careers interview, by emailing me, dropping in on a Wednesday or Thursday lunchtime or by asking their tutor for a careers interview. If I feel they need a follow up interview then I book that in after the first appointment.
Career Plans – After their careers interview pupils will receive a Career Plan which is a summary of the interview and outlines what we discussed, my advice and the steps that they need to take to help them to progress with their career plans. If their situation or ideas change at any time they can arrange to see me again.
Follow Up – At the end of year 11 and 13 we follow pupils up to ensure that they have something definite to go on to and that they are happy with their plans. If by September they still haven’t got something in place then Bishop Walsh school are happy for me to continue to support pupils up until the October half term. In addition, if any 6th form pupil leaves before the end of their studies school staff always offer them a careers interview to see if I can support them with their next steps.
How You Can Contact Me – If you would like to attend your child’s careers interview – ( and your child is happy for you to do so! ) – then this can be arranged. If you have any questions or concerns then I am also happy to see you without your child if you prefer or you can contact me by telephone or email or please come and talk to me at a parents evening.
Hopefully, the advice & information on this website will help you to support your child with the many decisions that they have to make.