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The Charter School

Excellence for All

Careers, employability and raising aspirations

Students at The Charter School are encouraged at an early stage to start thinking about their future careers and employment. There is a whole programme of activities organised to open the students' minds to ideas about their future - and to raise their aspirations. 

Activities include a wide range of external speakers in assemblies; visits to externally organised careers/employability or university fairs; discussion groups and workshops, and visits to different workplaces and companies. 

External Links

We host a Careers Fair every year in school where pupils have the opportunity to meet employers and individual professionals from a whole range of employment sectors and training providers. Pupils can find out about apprenticeships, further and higher education, and employment options.

The school also works closely with local businesses and organisations to provide mentors and work experience for students in year 10 and year 12 as they look to explore their chosen career paths further.We encourage our students to aim high and we work with all year groups to help pupils acquire the skills they will need in order to be successful in their future careers. We have excellent links with world class organisations such as PWC, Transport for London, Kings College Hospital, O2, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Theatre.

Work Experience Week 14th - 18th May 2018

This academic year our Year 10 pupils head of to the world of work in May 2018. All Year 10 pupils are expected to complete a week of work experience with an employer. Pupils are given advice and support in school to prepare a CV and are encouraged to contact employers to find a suitable placement. This helps them to learn about how to describe their skills and talents in a CV, and how to approach businesses and organisations when looking for work.

This year we had pupils heading off to work in a wide range of interesting places from schools and libraries to film sets and engineering firms. Work experience is an incredibly valuable part of the KS4 curriculum as it gives our young people the opportunity to find out more about the world of work and teaches them valuable skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping and organisation.

Destinations Week

We run 'Destinations Week' each year in the summer term for all our Year 12 students.  This is a whole week of inspiring talks and workshops which will help them to prepare for their future destinations in further education, apprenticeships or work. This year inspiring practical sessions were run by teams from Transport for London and Future First. We had guest speakers in to talk about careers in the NHS, the Royal Navy, PwC, and the Civil service, and there were workshops on communication skills and assessment days. Finally over 100 students were able to practice their interview skills with volunteers from a wide range of industries and organisations.

Could you help inspire the next generation?

If you have skills or expertise which you could share with our students please contact us. We are always looking for volunteers to speak in assemblies, deliver small group talks, speak at careers fairs or run practice interview sessions.

If you think you can help please contact Shalene Varcoe, Head of External Affairs at SVarcoe@charter.southwark.sch.uk

Independent advice

We have an Independent Careers Adviser available in school, who works closely with students in Years 11, 12 and 13, and who can also advise pupils in other year groups. 

Please email Desiree Cumberbatch at DCumberbatch@charter.southwark.sch.uk if you or your child would like her help.