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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Let all our bright
colours shine.

Careers

At Fisher More, we take the future employability and career development of our pupils extremely seriously.  Mr Halstead oversees the delivery of an impartial CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) programme to all pupils to ensure a smooth transition into post-16 for Year 11 pupils.  To promote the CEIAG programme, several events are organised during curriculum time in school as well as various visits and opportunities throughout the year groups.  Many pupils at Fisher More will have the opportunity to gain some independent advice and guidance from an independent and impartial careers officer.  This is for those pupils who are unclear about what the future holds for them and need that extra guidance to ensure that they choose the right path.

In this section of the website we’ll upload relevant documents and keep you up to date on news, developments, key dates and points of interest.

If you are a parent or carer of a pupil at Fisher More and have any questions regarding information in this section or any other matters to do with a pupil's future career and post-16 opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Halstead direct at school:  halstead.i@fishermore.lancs.sch.uk

Years 7 and 8

During Years 7 and 8 pupils will have the chance to speak with local companies and employers when they take part in a careers day.  Each pupil will speak with employers from a variety of industries in the local area.  Pupils will learn about qualifications needed, salaries, hours of employment and will also get the chance to ask any questions they may have.  This gives our pupils an insight into the different career paths from an early age and demonstrates where different routes can take them.

Year 9

Year 9 pupils embark on GCSE options choices (known as Pathways) and have a wide range of support in making these important decisions.  Pupils decide on their options by March of Year 9.  Form tutors and subject staff help to guide the pupils into making the right choice for them.  Each pupil will have the chance discuss options choices with a senior member of staff to ensure that the choices made are correct for the individual and allow them to get on the correct career path.

All pupils in Year 9 also get the opportunity to visit a local post-16 provider to further aid them with the options process.  During this visit pupils get the opportunity to speak with the provider, as well as representatives from various industries, who will assist them in making the correct choices to get on the career pathway that is right for them.

Year 10

Employability Award

All pupils in Year 10 take part in the Pendle Schools' “Employability Award”.  Over two terms pupils are judged in 6 areas – attendance, punctuality, attitude to learning, community service, an active role in the Enterprise Day and also take part in a mock interview.  Pupils who are successful in all 6 areas, reaching the high standards expected within the world of work, will receive a Gold Award. Those reaching the Gold Award standard will be invited to an awards ceremony, along with the successful candidates from other Pendle Schools.

As part of the Pendle Schools’ Employability Award, Fisher More’s Year 10 pupils receive invaluable interview experience, when the whole year group undertake mock job interviews, conducted by representatives from visiting employers, helping to prepare them for their future career progression.

Work Experience

Work experience is a valuable part of learning about careers and the world of work. At Fisher More, work experience is offered virtually through on-line discussions, presentations and taster sessions from a wide range of businesses. Local businesses attend school offering question and answer sessions on the careers that they belong to. Some students in KS4 supplement their curriculum development through undertaking actual work experience learning. This is either done through a taster week or part-time.

Post-16 Day

At the end of Year 10 pupils will get the chance to experience a day at a local post-16 provider.  They will get the opportunity to sample subjects, mix with other pupils from different schools and also speak with college tutors in order to help them find the correct post-16 courses.

Year 11

During the first half term in Year 11 at Fisher More, local post-16 providers, universities and representatives from various industries will come into school to speak to pupils during both curriculum time and assemblies.  They will provide information about the various opportunities that are available to them, both in the short and long term, when their time at Fisher More comes to an end.

Year 11 pupils are given extensive support on post-16 options through a diverse careers programme. Pupils and parents/carers are invited to attend a post-16 information evening in October, where presentations are given on A-Levels, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships by local post-16 providers.

During the first half term of Year 11, all pupils are expected to have made at least two applications to different post-16 providers.

College Interviews - hints and tips

Post-16 financial support

How to complete your post-16 application form

Post-16 Options

National Citizen Service (NCS) – The Challenge