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 have 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 pupils have careers support from their form tutors and the careers adviser, providing personalised advice about academic progress as well as university applications and alternative next steps.
We provide comprehensive support for pupils applying to university. Our form tutors and UCAS team ensure that pupils make informed decisions about their university choices and help 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 Exhibition, where they have the opportunity to speak directly to university admissions tutors. In July of Year 12, we run UCAS Activities Week, when students begin the UCAS application process and take part in a wide-ranging program of university and careers related activities.
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.
In July all Year 10 pupils undertake one week of work experience. In the Year 12 students are encouraged to organise up to five days of work experience, which 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, Sixth Form students have a dedicated Careers Library, where there are university prospectuses and Oxbridge/vocational course application guides, as well as career books and information about apprenticeships.