At the West London Free School we are committed to delivering high quality, effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, providing pupils with the best support and advice to guide them through the decision-making process from GCSE options and A Level choices to University applications and apprenticeships.
From Years 7 to 11 pupils are given careers support from their form tutors and class teachers. They are given the opportunity to explore different careers through the curriculum, expert talks and school trips. In addition to careers-focused assemblies, in January there is a GCSE options evening for Year 9 parents and pupils. In the Sixth Form all pupils have regular meetings with their tutors, enabling personalised careers support that provides invaluable advice about academic progress as well as university applications and alternative next steps. We also have a careers adviser who is able to provide additional individual support where tutors feel this would be helpful.
We provide comprehensive support for pupils applying to university. Our tutorial system ensures that pupils make informed decisions about their university choices and helps pupils put together the best possible UCAS application. We support Oxbridge applicants with aptitude test and interview preparation. In March, we hold a Higher Education evening for Year 12 pupils and parents when an expert from a university will talk about the UCAS Apply process and what universities look for in an application. Also during March, we take all of Year 12 to visit a university and apprenticeship fair, where they have the opportunity to speak directly to university admissions tutors and employers. In July of Year 12, we hold a second Higher Education evening when visiting experts will talk about personal statements and student finance.
Guest Speaker Talks
In the Sixth Form we add breadth to careers education with regular after-school talks, giving pupils the opportunity to hear inspirational guest speakers from universities, businesses and the professions discuss their particular subjects and expertise.
In July all Year 10 pupils undertake one week of work experience. In the Sixth Form students are encouraged to do up to five days of work experience. This can be done in one block or spread over a number of weeks.
There is a dedicated careers section in the Palingswick House library where pupils can find out more about GSCE options and A level choices, as well as research different careers and post 16 options. At Franklin House, the Sixth Form students have a dedicated Careers Library, where there are university prospectuses, as well as career and apprenticeship guides.