CEIAG and Boomerang

  • Careers Connect work with The Observatory School to provide impartial careers information for our pupils. Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is available to all students from Year 5 through to Year 11. A careers programme of study is delivered through our Life-skills and PSHE/PSD lessons which is supported by form time activities and numerous opportunities for business, college and community exposure, visits, activities, experiences, assemblies and discussions.
  • The careers programme will be reviewed in July of every academic year and, if required, revised.
  • We are always interested in developing partnerships and engagement with all stakeholders. If teachers, parents, students, employers or providers and local organisations want further information or would like to contribute to the programme, please get in touch directly with the school’s careers coordinator using the contact details listed below.
  • Feedback is also gathered from employers and other organisations to assess the success of an experience. This ensures we can tailor our careers programme to provide the best experience for both students and partners.

Boomerang - Support for past pupils

The aim of the Boomerang Program is to keep former students and staff in touch with each other and the school.

The Observatory School keep in touch with former pupils in several ways. We hold an Annual Awards Ceremony in school, usually near the start of the autumn term, when we offer the opportunity to meet up with old friends and look round the school, recall memories from their time here and see the changes that have occurred since then. The pupils also receive their certificates for their achievements from the summer term. 

We also have a dedicated phone number for former pupils to contact for if they need any support once they leave school. Our Pastoral team are on hand to offer support to pupils whenever they need guidance or support. This may be support with college to filling out application forms for job applications.

It is always wonderful to have our past pupils visit us and let us know how they are getting on. 

Provider Access Policy: The Observatory School

Introduction:

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

 Pupil entitlement All pupils in years 8 to 11 are entitled: 

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events 
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

All students from year 7 are entitled to independent career guidance. 

A provider wishing to request access should contact

Careers Lead: Mr Gerrard

Careers Adviser: Lisa Kirkham 

Email: jgerrard@theobservatoryschool.wirral.sch.uk

Opportunities for access:  

 A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils or their parents or carers:

 

Year 

Autumn Term 

Spring Term 

Summer Term 

7

Overview of post 16 options for students and parents, to include: A levels, Applied General Qualifications (e.g., BTECs), technical/vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships Event for University Technical Colleges

Employer event for students, parents – market stall event giving overview of local, regional and national opportunities and skills requirement

Meeting with Careers Adviser 

Year group assemblies 

8

Overview of post 16 options for students and parents, to include: A levels, Applied General Qualifications (e.g., BTECs), technical/vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships Event for University Technical Colleges

Meeting with Careers Adviser 

Year group assemblies

Employer event for students, parents – market stall event giving overview of local, regional and national opportunities and skills requirement

Overview of post 16 options for students and parents, to include: A levels, Applied General Qualifications (e.g., BTECs), technical/vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships Event for University Technical Colleges

Meetings with careers adviser KS4 options event

Year group assemblies 

Employer events, college visits 

10

Overview of post 16 options to include: A levels, Applied General Qualifications (e.g., BTECs), technical/vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships

Technical/vocational tasters at local college/s, training providers

University Visits 

Year group assemblies 

Meetings with Careers Adviser

Employer events 

Virtual Work experience  

11

Post 16 provider open evenings: opportunities to visit local Further Education and sixth form colleges, other school UTCs, Studio schools and other training providers regarding A level, Applied General, technical and vocational and apprenticeships. 

Meetings with careers adviser Post 16 applications

Post-16 interviews

Post 16 provider open evenings: opportunities to visit local Further Education and sixth form colleges, other school UTCs, Studio schools and other training providers regarding A level, Applied General, technical and vocational and apprenticeships.

Confirmation of post 16 education destinations for all students

Application support for Apprenticeships 

 

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

 

 Premises and facilities: 

 The school will make the main hall, or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team. 

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre which is managed by the Careers Adviser. 

The Resource Centre is available to all students.

What is a Careers Guidance Interview?

A careers guidance interview is an impartial one to one meeting between yourself and the Careers Adviser. It is not like a job interview, so you can’t get anything wrong!

It is all about YOU and your FUTURE.

The aim of the guidance interview is to help you think about your future career choices based on your interests, skills and qualifications.

It will help you make decisions about what pathway to take after school. Do you need to go to college, gain an apprenticeship or go to university?

It will also give you information about your chosen careers and where you can find out more.

Who is my Careers Adviser?

Lisa Kirkham

Lisa works for Career Connect and has been working within careers for 20 years!

Lisa attends lots of different schools

Lisa never ever had any specific career ideas growing up!

Lisa’s contact details are: lisa.Kirkham@careerconnect.org.uk

 

Take a look at some of our past pupils below.

Ty

Ty

Wirral Met College

Ty left The Observatory school 1n 2022 to complete a level 3 course in ComputerScience… after achieving 8 GCSEs grade 4 and above and 3 level2 qualifications in English, maths and computing he is now applying to go to university to complete a degree in Computer Science!

Dylan

Dylan

Wirral Met College

Dylan is a 2023 leaver and is doing well on his Level 2 Joinery course. He is enjoying the course and is looking forward to the year ahead.

Kyle

Kyle

Wirral Met College

Kyle is a 2022 leaver. He is currently on a multi skilled course at Wirral Met. He is really enjoying the course and feels it is giving him the skills and knowledge for future employment.

Callum

Callum

Wirral Met College

Callum is one of our 2021 leavers and is studying a Science Course at Wirral Met. He has passed his qualification this year (2023) and is completing the higher course next year. He is hoping to go to university after that. 

Steven

Steven

2019 Leaver

Steven passed his Mechanics Apprenticeship with distinction and he is now a fully qualified mechanic! He is going to take his MOT qualification next year. We are all really proud of him!