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Careers Education & Guidance

Northwood School is committed to preparing our students for life after school by helping them make well informed and realistic choices about their future. Our Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme enables pupils, parents, teachers and employers to access and understand what the school has to offer in terms of its careers provision.  It is modelled around best practice for careers under the Gatsby Benchmarks.

On this website you will find information on Post-16 Options, work experience, apprenticeships, technical and vocational qualifications and universities and colleges and career pathways.

Northwood School Career Provider Policy - Draft copy

Our Objectives

  • To ensure each student has some meaningful encounters with employers
  • Encourage students to start their career exploration early
  • Offer students with opportunities for real life learning by making it part of the school curriculum
  • Provide access to an independent and impartial careers advisor
  • Make CEIAG resources available online and offline to all students, parents and care -givers
  • Develop a network of employers who can work with the school to support students develop their employability skills

Key Contacts 

Mr N McManus Deputy Head and Careers Leader office@nwschool.org.uk
Ms L Wilkins PSHCE Coordinator office@nwschool.org.uk
Mrs M Hayford-Fynn Independent Careers Advisor office@nwschool.org.uk
Mrs C Bamrah Careers Coordinator office@nwschool.org.uk

 Careers Programme at a glance 

Year 7
  • Most of the Careers Education takes place during weekly PSCHE lessons delivered by the form tutor
Year 8
  • Options evening held in the Autumn term for students and parents to discuss subject options with teachers
  • One-to-one meeting with a senior member of staff to discuss their final GCSE options
  • Advice on careers during PSCHE
  • In the Spring term a series of career workshops are held for where  industry experts talk about their work and the paths into that career
  • School Careers Fair
Year 9
  • Coding Challenge
  • Brilliant Club
  • STEM workshops
  • Industry speakers
  • University trips
  • School Careers Fair
Year 10
  • University trips
  • Workshops
  • Brilliant club
  • School Careers Fair.
Year 11
  • Priority access to a careers meeting with the careers advisor
  • Students should be considering whether they want to go to university, do an apprenticeship, NVQ or a vocational or technical course
  • School Careers Fair
  • Sixth Form open evening: information on further education and apprenticeships.
Year 12/13
  • Northwood Diploma: volunteering, work experience, university trips and internal and external careers fairs
  • Series of workshops on various career related and UCAS.

Careers Resources and Useful Websites

Information on different careers, apprenticeships and college/university is available for all students.  The Sixth form also has a dedicated space where there is a wealth of information tailored for their age range. 

Click on the links below to useful websites:

Your Involvement 

We value the input of staff, students, governors, parents and employers in helping us build a better future for our students. You could help us with:

  • Offering work experience
  • Industry visits
  • Mock Interviews
  • Assembly Talks in school
  • Mentoring
  • Careers Fair
  • Work Shadowing

If you are interested in any of these activities or you have suggestions to support our students, please contact our school careers coordinator above.