Careers

Eempowering pupils for a fulfilling journey through learning and work

At Dean Close we see a person’s career as their entire journey through learning and work. Viewed as such, we thus all have just one career, one overarching journey. Travelling it across our 21st century landscape will involve a range of occupations and transitions, each with their own challenges and possibilities for development. Our career will be a central arena for fulfilment: economically, socially and in terms of the positive impact we can make on the world around us. It will be unique to each of us and for our pupils it has already begun.

The aim of the Dean Close Careers Department is to empower our young people in their individual journeys - to access key opportunities and to take ownership for their own career management and planning. For many, professional destinations will still be beyond the horizon, but the information, skills, experiences and mindset that will open up valuable pathways are within sight. We work to ensure our pupils access to these, not only while at school, but beyond. Whether it be at university, in an apprenticeship, a starting job, or a long-term profession, our past and future pupils will find Dean Close Careers, our Old Decanian Society, and our professional networks, a continuing source of support and opportunity. For your journey, Dean Close Careers will seek to be with you, striving to value, care and provide for every unique member of our community.

THE CAREERS DEPARTMENT

many specialists, one team

Dean Close Careers is based within the Flecker Library. A dedicated Careers library can be found on its first floor, featuring a wide collection of resources about future opportunities, from gap years to university and apprenticeship courses, as well as ideas about employment. Meetings and drop-in sessions with our experienced UCAS consultant are held in the top study room.

All staff at Dean Close are members of the Careers team and are a key source of front-line advice to subject students and tutees. They are supported in this by:

Z Suckle – Head of Careers & Library Services

D Mochan – Higher Education Coordinator

A R Needs – Careers Assistant

D M Fullerton – UCAS Consultant

J Sumner – Oxbridge Coordinator

C H S Montgomery – International Universities Coordinator

D D Evans - Armed Services Coordinator

PROVISION

information / education / advice / guidance

Within school, a key part of our careers work is about making choices about learning: choices about GCSEs, A-levels, universities, apprenticeships and other school leaver destinations. In choosing, it is not only about making effective choices, but about being able to make choices effectively. Preparation is crucial; together with our teachers and tutors, Dean Close Careers will support pupils by developing the skills and confidence to…

  • make realistic and informed decisions
  • ­access future opportunities
  • help manage transitions

Much of this will occur contextually in subject lessons and through tutorials, powered by the expertise of staff and a rich tutorial programme, and through bespoke guidance of the specialist members of the Careers department, readily available by appointment.

Alongside this, more structured opportunities are provided throughout our pupils’ school experience, offering time and focus for choice analysis and skill development:

Academic & Professional SKILLS LAB

In the Fourth Form and Fifth form, pupils receive a dedicated curriculum of skill development, covering: IT literacy, Research, Revision, Academic Writing, Presentations, Data Analysis, Teamwork, Project Management & Career Development.

CHOICES

effective choices / choosing effectively

All pupils and tutors conduct dedicated discussions about choices…

  • in the Fourth Form ahead of GCSE options;
  • in the Fifth Form following careers tests, ahead of post-16 education;
  • in the Lower Sixth following careers tests, as they consider university and school leaver destinations.

LOWER SIXTH

This is the main year for preparation of application forms including:

  • General Seminar to help choose courses and institutions
  • Morrisby Sixth Form Study Interests Test – taken in January – highlights possible courses, and the process includes an interview with their tutor
  • Parents’ meeting to explain the UCAS procedure – parents are supplied with a UCAS Parents' Guide
  • Visit to a UCAS Higher Education Convention
  • WORK EXPERIENCE in Easter / Summer holidays
  • Training for completion of UCAS form.
  • Discussions and seminars on Year Out opportunities
  • One to one discussions / interviews at any time
  • University visits
  • Pre-University week (final week of the Trinity Term)

UPPER SIXTH

  • September – preparation for interview with Headmaster, Higher Education Coordinator and Director of Studies
  • References completed
  • Help with application forms (to be completed by early October, or earlier for Medics and Oxbridge candidates)
  • Interview Seminar / trial interviews
  • Final choice
  • Leavers’ mail shot

POST-DEAN CLOSE

  • A Level results / Summer support
  • Post-A Level Oxbridge
  • Parental support at results time and early term re-thinking

For more information about the Careers Department or for answer to further queries, please contact: dcscareers@deanclose.org.uk.