Our Career Provision here at Fairfax is reviewed bi-annually, however, after each of the career activities which are held on our enrichment days feedback is sought from all parties. The visitors, students and teachers express their view on events such as the annual Career Fair, Practice Interviews and Meet the Professional events. Students thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to speak with local and national employers and education providers. All the key stakeholders receive a thank you email with an assessment of the event which include feedback directly from the students. This is reviewed annually.
To continually offer support to our students in transitional years, they receive 1:1 support via the impartial career adviser who is employed 3 days a week at Fairfax. Annually students are tracked, and a destination report sent back to the local authority.
Our NEET figure ( Not in Education Employment or Training) has been consistently below 2% for Year 11s with Year 13 being at 7%. The current national average according to ONS for Year 11s stands at 3.2%
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Opportunities available to our students include:-
Careers Advisor: – one-to-one appointments with an impartial Careers Advisor. The advisor is also present on important options evenings for Year 9 and Year 11, as well as both Year 12 and Year 13 parent evenings, to speak with parents and students.
Guidance Lessons: – Students in Year 7 and Year 8 receive Careers Education through Guidance lessons, covering topics such as: KS4 Choices; Career pathways; Work in the Local Area; Steps to Success; Learning Styles; Self-employment.
Tutor Time: – Students in all years receive guidance in tutor time on topics such as:- CV Writing; Payday Loans; Debit and Credit; Mortgages; CVs; Work Experience
Careers Events: – Our Careers Fayre runs in the autumn term and sees employers such as the Civil Service, ErnstYoung, Jaguar Landrover and Specsavers in attendance. Many local colleges, universities and private training providers are also invited making the event a one stop shop for young people to ask questions and gain valuable information about their future. The spring term sees us ‘Meeting the Professionals’ as guest speakers inform our students of the different pathways, including apprenticeships, into various careers.
Enrichment Days: – External providers such as the Military Preparation College, UCAS, EEF Manufacturers have helped with enrichment days offering different career related workshops.
We hold practice interviews for Year 11s with over 27 local employers staying to put our students through a mock interview.
In addition to this internal sessions on ‘Discovering your ideal career’ and ‘Preparing for the world of work, are also delivered by our Careers team.
For Year 12 and 13, a specialised programme is in place for each of the Enrichment Days that supports all students no matter where they choose to go after A Levels.
Extra Provision: – A wide range of extra provision is offered to students, where-by students can develop employability skills, as well as trips where students can see how the world of work functions in subjects/areas they are interested in.
E.g. Guest speakers from local businesses for students of Economics and Health and Social Care (Y12); Duke of Edinburgh Award (Y9-13); Arête Outdoor Education week (Y8);Theatre trips for Drama students; Geography trip to Iceland (Y12-13); Oxford University trip (Y11); City Council trip; Skills Show at NEC (Y10); Battlefields trip to Belgium (Y9); German language trip to Cologne (Y8); French language trip to Paris (Y8); Humanities visit to Ironbridge (Y7); Wolf Mountain Outdoor education trip (Y7); Vue Cinema visit for Business Studies students (Y12, 13)
House and Academy Council:- Members of the councils gain valuable employability skills through their regular meetings, which discuss a wide variety of whole school as well as global issues.
With competitions, such as the Civil Engineer’s Bridge Building
Competition, students have the opportunity to work as part of a team and with outside agencies.
Sutton Coldfield Schools’ Parliamentary Debating Competition
Each year, Fairfax is proud to be a part of a well-established debating competition, founded by Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell, M.P.
Year 12 students have the opportunity to audition to represent the school in the annual debating competition, which Fairfax is proud to have won in 2018.