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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Careers

At The Whitstable School, we understand the importance of careers education for all students in Year 7 through to Year 13. The careers provision we offer seeks to deliver on the Department for Education Careers Statutory Guidance (January 2018). The Whitstable School is working to achieve the 8 Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, which reflect international best practice, to improve careers provision. As a school, we will be ensuring that all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are fully implemented by September 2020.

Click here to read our policy on: Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). This also includes details of our provider access arrangements.​ 

In addition to our links with local universities, through being part of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) we are working closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company, who regularly advise us as we work towards the Gatsby Benchmarks which set out best practices for all schools across the country. We are also supported by the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) who deliver workshops to the students on important topics such as employability.

Within the school we have progressed further with careers initiatives by introducing our brand new Careers Hub. This is a fantastic new space dedicated to careers which includes software and prospectuses. We now also have a dedicated, qualified careers advisor who is able to deal with any questions regarding future prospects. We also have information in the library that is available for students at lunchtimes and after school.

Every Wednesday and Friday between 3pm and 4pm, the careers team will be available to speak to students about future plans and aspirations and are able to answer any questions that students might have regarding their next steps.  Parents and carers are always welcome to contact the Careers Advisor, Ms Rawlinson or Mrs Brown - Careers Lead to seek advice and ask any questions they might have regarding career pathways.

Our series of ‘An audience with’ and ‘Spotlight in careers’ ensure we have a variety of guests coming to the school to speak to students about a range of careers and interesting experiences. We also hold a yearly Careers Fair for years 10 – 13 in March.

If you would like to come and deliver a talk to students on ‘Spotlight in careers’ or you would like to be part of our careers Fair, please speak to Mrs Brown

We have compiled a list of useful websites which include links to colleges, universities and labour market information for Canterbury. Click here to view (pdf)

Click here for our career plan for Year 7 – 11

Click here for our career plan for Year 12 – 13