Destinations data

This section provides destinations data about what Fairfax students do when they leave school. The official figures are in the link above. Students’ university destinations are also mapped out in the above link. It is so wonderful to see so many of our students go on to study at so many different higher educational institutions.

Fairfax students in all year groups have access to a planned and progressive Careers Education programme. Many opportunities are provided for students to consider their own career planning, as students have full access to impartial careers advice and guidance. Fairfax works in partnership with external sources to inspire and raise career aspirations. Both Post-16 and Post 18 providers work with the school to engage with learners at school, ensuring that they are aware of a full range of post-school opportunities.

Opportunities available include:-

Careers Advisor: – one-to-one appointments with an impartial Careers Advisor. The advisor is also present on important options evenings for Y8 and Y11as well as both Y12 and Y13 parent evenings, to speak to 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: – In previous years, Fairfax has participated in the Careers Fayre in Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. We have now brought this event in-house so all students in KS4&5 attend. Our Careers Fayre runs in October 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. A similar event focusing on apprenticeships is organised in the spring term. This provides an opportunity for would be apprentices to link with local employers and gain employment before leaving school.


Enrichment Days: – External providers such as the Military Preparation College, UCAS, EEF Manufacturers have helped with enrichment days offering different career related workshops. In 2016 we held a practice interview afternoon 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.

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 Council:- Members of the House Council gain valuable employability skills through their regular meetings, which discuss a wide variety of whole school as well as global issues

  • Careers Advisor

    Y11, Y13 Interviews

    Capita Careers Fayre

    Appointments – email


  • Employability Skills

    What are employability skills?

    Employability skills are those skills necessary for getting, keeping and being successful in a job.

    They are the skills and attitudes that enable employees to get along with their colleagues, to make critical decisions, solve problems, develop respect and ultimately become strong ambassadors for the organisation.

    • Inter-personal skills
    • Communication
    • Critical thinking
    • Personal development
    • Presentation skills
    • Leadership
    • Numeracy
    • IT skills

    Transferrable Skills

    What are transferrable skills?

    Transferrable skills are skills and abilities that are relevant and helpful across different areas of life: socially, professionally and at school. They are ‘portable skills’

    • Teamwork
    • Leadership
    • Personal motivation, organisation and time management
    • Listening
    • Written communication
    • Verbal communication
    • Research and analytical skills
    • Numeracy skills
    • Personal development
    • Information technology

    At Fairfax, students are offered a wide range of activities to develop their employability and transferrable skills, through extra-curricular activities, but also through the curriculum, as all subjects play a part in developing these skills.

    National Citizenship Service

    Life skills for a better future!

    Entrepreneurial challenge

    National Bureau for Students with Disabilities



    Writing a CV

  • What is a CV?

    A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a brief outline of your employment history, qualifications, interests and achievements. Your possible employer would see your CV as a review of you as a person. It’s like a film review. You want to go to the cinema but there are ten films on, so you read the film reviews to decide which one to see.

    An employer wants to interview five people for a job vacancy; CVs will be used to decide who to interview. It’s like a ‘person review’.

    Your CV should be

    Positive, Relevant and Accurate. You should only write down things you can talk about in an interview.

    What to include: Personal detail – This is where you write down your address, date of birth, postcode and telephone numbers.

    Personal Profile – A personal profile gives you the chance to sell yourself to an employer. It is one of the first things they will read on your CV so you need to make a positive first impression. You only have a limited amount of space so you should make the personal profile relevant to the job you are applying for. You should tell the employer, in a couple of lines, what your important skills and personal qualities are. Skills are things that you can do, for example:

    • I can use a word processor,
    • I can measure accurately,
    • Instead of using the phrase ‘I can’ all the time, you can use ‘I am able to …’. Personal qualities can be similar to skills but describe what you are like rather than what you can do, for example:


    < >I am reliable I am honest I am trustworthy I am a good listener If you say that you are reliable, you must be able to demonstrate this, e.g. “I am reliable as I turn up to football / swimming practice every week.”


    It is common to include details of two references on a CV. Referees are people who can write a reference for you. A company will normally ask for a reference before an interview. If they do, it means that you have made a good impression and they are considering you for the job / placement.

    Make sure that the people you have named as referees will give you a good reference. You don’t want a bad reference.

    Who can you ask to be a referee? Young people would normally have referees from School or college, work or training. You may also use other people who know you well enough to provide a good character reference. A referee should not be a member of your family. It is a good idea to have a referee from School and one from industry, e.g. work experience or a Saturday / part-time job.

    Make sure that your referees are happy to be named on your CV

    So, how do I go about writing a CV?

    A CV should include information on:

    • Personal details
    • Personal profile
    • Education
    • Work Experience
    • Training
    • Interests
    • Other Information
    • References
    • Qualifications

    It should be well presented:

    • Word processed
    • Accurate spelling and grammar
    • Two sides of A4 paper or less
    • Clear and easy to read

    You want to make a good impression, You want to be given an interview.

    Personal Profile

    Including a personal profile means you can alter your CV more quickly when you apply for a different job. The basic details of the CV can stay the same and you can just rewrite the personal profile with the new vacancy in mind. e.g. “I am a self motivated school leaver with good communication skills and an ability to use my initiative.”

    You should include the name of any schools or colleges you have attended. You don’t need to write down the full address but the town or city. You should include the date you attended.

    You should include all your qualifications and grades. You do not have to write down every time you took an exam – just include your final results e.g. if you took Maths GCSE three times and got grades E, D, C – only write it down once with the grade C as your result as this is your final qualification.

    Work Experience
    Include the names of the companies that you have worked for even if only on a part-time basis or through a work experience placement. Write down the dates you worked there and list your main duties.

    You need to include the names of training organisations you attended and courses or programmes you followed. Don’t forget to include dates.

    You can include brief details about what you do in your free time. This section becomes more important if you have been out of education for a while and have little work experience to talk about. In this section, you can show how you have been filling your time.

    Other Information
    If you have anything else you wish to include in your CV you can add a section for other information to include things like:

    I have a full, clean driving licence.
    I can start working after …
    I am available for evening work.

  • Sixth Form Enrichment 207-2018 Programme

    Sixth Form Enrichment Programme for 2017-2018

  • What are my Post-18 Opportunities?
    • higher education
    • apprenticeships
    • traineeships
    • work
    • self-employment
    • gap year
    • unemployment
    • Higher Education
    • Higher education qualifications include:
    • diplomas
    • bachelor degrees
    • foundation degrees
    • post-graduate degrees

    Conservatoires – musicians, actors, dancers


    In the UK, diploma can refer to several different types of academic qualification. The Diploma of Higher Education is a higher education award below the standard of a bachelor’s degree. The term can also refer to a Postgraduate Diploma or to the 14–19 Diploma that was introduced in England in September 2008.

    Bachelor Degree

    Bachelor’s degree programs and program titles vary by university. There are two primary kinds:

    Bachelor of Arts (BA). This degree may usually requires a majority of coursework in the arts; areas such as social science, humanities, music or fine arts. It may usually involves learning qualitative research methods such as literary analysis and ethnography.

    Bachelor of Science (BSc). This degree may usually requires a majority of coursework be taken in the sciences, such as life sciences, physical sciences, or mathematical sciences. It may be more focused on quantitative analysis, such as statistics and other forms of number-crunching.

    Other kinds of bachelor’s degrees include:

    BASc – Bachelor of Applied Science

    BArch – Bachelor of Architecture

    BBA – Bachelor of Business Administration

    BComm – Bachelor of Commerce

    BCompSc – Bachelor of Computer Science

    BD – Bachelor of Divinity (also the name of a postgraduate degree in some universities)

    BDes – Bachelor of Design (Visual design dicipline)

    BEd – Bachelor of Education

    BEng or BE – Bachelor of Engineering

    BFA – Bachelor of Fine Arts

    BMath – Bachelor of Mathematics (also the name of a postgraduate degree in some universities)

    BMus – Bachelor of Music (also the name of a postgraduate degree in some universities)

    BPharm -Bachelor of Pharmacy

    BTech – Bachelor of Technology

    BSEE – Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

    BSF – Bachelor of Science in Forestry

    LLB – Bachelor of Laws (also the name of a postgraduate degree in some universities)

    Post-graduate degrees

    Apprenticeship V University

    Avoid student debt with an apprenticeship, get paid to learn: something almost unheard of these days. (The minimum wage for apprentices is admittedly pretty low – just £2.73 an hour – and applies to all 16-18-year-old apprentices, and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship.)

    Most apprentices earn on average around £170-£200 a week; although some earn less and others earn more.

    You could also be qualified and in work before, or at the same time as, your peers emerge from university. You will already have worked in a proper job for a number of years alongside your training, making you super employable (as well as debt-free, of course).

    Even if you take A-levels, you could still go down the apprentice route. Higher apprenticeships are the crème de la crème of apprenticeships, bearing many similarities to school leaver programmes.

    You can also get qualifications like foundation degrees, HNDs and undergraduate degrees as part of a Higher Apprenticeship. Apprentices can usually top up their qualifications after the apprenticeship too.

    Apprenticeships aren’t for everyone though: as people tend to start them younger than university degrees, the drop-out rate is quite high. It’s also not necessarily the right choice for every profession: you might find at some point in your career that you hit a glass ceiling, one which only a degree will get you through.

    Social life and being able to move away from home

    A university education in the UK is respected the world-over

    Cost  – most full-time students need a tuition fee loan, which covers the full cost of the tuition fee and maintenance loan, to help pay for living costs at university. These are added together to give the total amount of debt.

    Student Debt

    A typical student on a three-year course outside of London, will graduate with around £35,000 – £40,000 of student debt. This loan accrues interest; in England e.g this is 5.5%.

    After graduation, yearly repayments are set at 9% of whatever is earned above £21,000, regardless of the total loan amount.

    Despite the money involved, the latest Office of National Statistics report comparing graduates to non-graduates found that:

    Graduates were more likely to be employed than those who left education with qualifications of a lower standard

    Non-graduates aged 21-30 have consistently higher unemployment rates than all other groups

    Non-graduates aged 21-30 have much higher inactivity rates than recent graduates.

    Research has shown that graduate starting salaries at the UK’s leading graduate employers is, on average, a whopping £29,000. A quarter of top graduate programmes will pay new recruits more than £35,000 when they start work and ten organisations are offering at least £40,000 to this year’s graduates.

    Student debt, even though it can be large, does not affect the borrower’s credit rating, as student loans are not included on credit reference files.

    Any outstanding student debt is written off after 30 years, even if nothing has been paid back during that time (because the borrower wasn’t working or was earning below £21,000).

    In fact, studies have estimated that over 70% of graduates won’t have paid their full loan back after 30 years.


    Types of Apprenticeship

    Intermediate apprenticeship (level 2)

    • Advanced apprenticeship (level 3)
    • Higher apprenticeship (levels 4-7)
    • Degree apprenticeship (levels 6-7)

    What to consider

    Real job, earn a salary (at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage)

    Work for at least 30 hours per week

    1-5 years depending upon the level of apprenticeship and the industry sector.

    Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, the rest is given by a training organisation, either at the workplace, off-site (perhaps at college) or via e-learning.

    The training is tailored to develop the skills the employer wants

    Better long term salary prospects

    Degree Apprenticeships

    Why do a Degree Apprenticeship?

    Apprentices achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree (Levels 6 and 7)

    Gain experience & a top class education

    Higher Apprentices are already able study to degree level as part of their apprenticeship but Degree Apprenticeships go further.

    Apprentices split their time between university study and the workplace, and will be employed throughout – gaining a full bachelor’s or master’s degree from a top university while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.

    Avoid student debt

    The cost of course fees is shared between government and employers, meaning that the apprentice can earn a full bachelors or even master’s degree without paying any fees.

    They are industry-designed

    Degree Apprentices study towards a degree that has been tailored by future employers: groups of businesses, universities and colleges have developed practical, vocational degree courses which will allow people to combine both the academic study from a traditional university degree and the practical experience and wider employment skills vital for career success.

    There is a wide variety to choose from

    Degree apprenticeships were announced in 2015 in the following specialisms:

    • Chartered Surveying
    • Electronic Systems Engineering
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Aerospace Software Development
    • Defence Systems Engineering
    • Laboratory Science
    • Nuclear
    • Power Systems
    • Public Relations
    • Digital
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Banking Relationship Manager
    • Construction


    Traineeships are designed to help people who want to move into an apprenticeship or a job. Unlike apprentices, trainees don’t yet have some essential skills like English and maths, or have work experience. The traineeship aims to provide them with these.

    Traineeships last anything up to a maximum of six months

    Traineeships may also be unpaid (it is left up to the employer to make that decision) and are not subject to minimum wage laws, unlike apprenticeships, which legally must be paid and meet the Apprentice National Minimum Wage.

    Traineeships are specifically designed for 16 – 24 year olds, whereas apprenticeships can be taken at any age.

    Post 19 Career Opportunities


    South Staffs College


    Wyre Academy Employer Information – create link to document

    Employer Fact Sheet – create link to document

    Apprentice Employer FAQ – create link to document

    Gap Year Info

    Careers Posters

  • Useful Links - Students/Parents  Aimhigher West Midlands is a partnership of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), schools, academies and colleges. Together, they want to make sure that young people from less advantaged backgrounds have access to high quality, exciting and challenging experiences that enhance their careers education, motivate, inspire and provide accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance about higher education  Careers advice and job and course opportunities for students. Providing a range of advice and services, the aim is to help students and graduates to make informed choices about their career options.

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