We want our students to be inspired to contribute to society and to become proactive responsible citizens who pursue careers they are passionate about. To deliver this Great Sankey is part of the Warrington and Cheshire Pledge Partnership which enables businesses to work together with schools to provide every young person with everything they need to succeed in the world of work. Students develop their employability skills, the personal qualities needed to be successful in adult life and have opportunities to consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.
Our careers curriculum is built around the Gatsby Benchmark Framework and provides students at different stages in school with relevant educational opportunities, information, advice and guidance to help them make informed choices.
Programme of Study
Our careers programme is spiral in nature, and builds upon prior-learning with age appropriate development throughout the key stages.
At each key stage, student have access to unifrog– a complete destinations platform - which helps them plan for their next destination by comparing every available opportunity both post-16 and post-18, and to log their interactions with employers, FE, HE and apprenticeship providers.
A short video on unifrog can be found here:
Warrington LiFE (part of Warrington Borough Council) is a careers information, advice and guidance service offering practical support in looking for work as well as information and advice on education, employment and training. We work with 16-19 year olds (up-to 25 with an EHCP) who are not in any form of education, employment or training and we are Matrix accredited.
Students also have a dedicated key stage intranet site which houses all relevant information and educational material as well as links to external guidance. Students will be kept up-to-date with careers related events and opportunities via Microsoft Teams.
The school has an Independent Careers Adviser. Students can make appointments via their intranet site, but the adviser will target specific students and year groups according to need and importance of the decisions being made at the various key stage transition points.
In Years 7-9 the focus is on exploring potential careers and future aspirations, challenging career stereotypes. identifying important employability skills and evaluating their own strengths and weaknesses whilst recording any relevant activities that develop these skills. In Year 9 focus is on choosing GCSE options.
In Years 10 and 11 the focus turns to exploring available post-16 opportunities with associated information advice and guidance whilst building a profile of meaningful encounters with further education, apprenticeship and traineeship providers and super-curricular activities which enhance their CV, including a week-long work experience placement in year 10.
In Years 12 & 13 the focus turns to exploring post-18 opportunities with associated information advice and guidance whilst building a profile of meaningful encounters with higher education, apprenticeship providers and employers and super-curricular activities which enhance their CV, including a week-long executive shadowing placement in year 12.
A detailed version of the programme of study can be found on our Policies and Reports page
Parents also have access to the Unifrog platform so that they can oversee the progress of their child throughout the key stages as they research, plan and apply to their post-16 and post-18 destinations. All parents will have received a letter detailing the parent code to create a unifrog account.
Video guidance on using unifrog as a parent can be found here:
More advice and guidance is available on our Parent Guides page.
We will notify parents of careers related events a via classcharts.
Employers/FE & HE Providers
We strive to ensure that all students have meaningful encounters with FE, HE and apprenticeship providers as well as employers and employees of both local and national businesses. We look to engage you in the following:
- Post-16 & post-18 careers fairs
- Key stage 3 enterprise days
- Insight guest speaker sessions
- Personal statement writing
- Student finance guidance
- CV workshops
- Mock interviews
- Mock assessment centres
- Parent workshops
Our Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy can be found on the Policies and Reports section of this website.