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“Our vision is nothing less than realising the full potential of every single student at Murray Park.” “At Murray Park we will enrich the lives of our students through a focus on learning and a diverse curriculum delivered by inspirational staff. We aim to be an outstanding school, fulfilling the aspirations of the local community.”

Teaching is typically ‘good’ and in some places ‘outstanding’ - OFSTED 2014

Careers and Life Skills at Murray Park

At Murray Park we firmly believe that students have the right to access free and impartial Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) and also learn about the world of work.

We believe that the CEG programme:-

    • Is fundamentally important in helping to prepare our students or the challenges of adult life and the world of work.
    • Is an integral part of students' personal and academic development
    • Helps to motivate students to achieve their full potential both in school and after they have left Murray Park

The provision of GEG is delivered in taught sessions as part of SMSC lessons in years 7-11 and is further enhanced through form tutor sessions, special assemblies, and whole year events such as industry days, post 16 evenings and enterprise activities.

Year 7 - a programme of personal development and understanding of role in relation to others.

Year 8 - a continuation of Yr 7 work and more challenging situations to helpin the development of self-autonomy.

Year 9 - further progression from the foundations of earlier years with "Options Evening" being a key component of the years programme.

Year 10 - students will take part in WOW (World of Work) week which will involve local employer-led sessions, learning about Post 16 options and opportunities, start the Employability Passport and have other CEG related activities.  Those students who take certain option choices will also take part in targeted work placements.

Year 11 - advice, information and guidance about 16+ opportunities (including visits as appropriate and "choices" booklets) and the opportunity to book a more detailed careers interview with Mr Taylor, Miss Robinson or the Connexions Careers Advisor.

Student Entitlement

During your time at Murray Park you can expect to receive the following Careers Education and Guidance.

      • Clear, impartial, and unbiased advice and information about all options available, so that you understand what they involve;
      • Support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future
      • Regular personal support with information on how well you are doing. And guidance to help you to make sensible decisions about what is right for you in the future
      • Help to decide what to do when you leave school, including further learning, training or employment;
      • A programme of careers education helping you to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning;
      • The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that affect your learning;
      • An opportunity to set out an individual learning plan

Parents may expect:-

      • Information at key transition Parents Evenings about the CEG provided for the students through the Murray Park's Careers Team and the Connexions Personal Advisor.
      • Help and guidance at critical stages in the students careers, such as, in Yr 9 with Key Stage 4 Options decisions
      • Yr 11 with 16+ choices.
      • Easy access for contact and communication with careers staff.

This is implemented by:-

Murray Park's Careers Co-ordinator managing, reviewing and evaluating the agreed programmes and liaison with Tutors, Teachers, Heads of Years, Heads of subjects, Senior Management and Governors. An integrated programme of CEG and Employability lessons delivered through the SMSC and Citizenship programme, tutorial and subject areas, reviewed and agreed annually.

"I need some help with Careers and Life skills..........who can I see?"

We have many staff in school and visiting advisors that can help you Visiting Specialists.

Mr Taylor - Aspirations, Careers and Employability Coordinators based near the finance office. Mr Taylor is a professionally trained Careers Practitioner who can provide Careers information advice and guidance to students. Mr Taylor can be found at lunch times or after school for help regarding careers advice and help with options. We also have a careers drop in session in the library at lunch times (refer to notice boards for days and times).

Mrs Bathurst (office in main Head's Corridor) - available within school to provide advice and guidance on career and study options. If not messages can be left with Mrs Balaghan. She is also available in the Library at certain times - details & Year 11 appointments are available by asking the Library staff.

Miss Robinson – Head of Year 11 and also professionally trained as a careers advisers and can provide careers information, advice and guidance.

Mrs Hodgetts (Library) - The library staff can provide careers and study related resources and information in the Library. The Careers point in the Coffee Bar contains many helpful resources both paper and IT based that can help students research and discover about their future options and career decisions.

Mrs Balaghan (office on corner across from English classrooms) - available within school to give support and advice on Work Experience.

Mrs Hadden (Cedar Park) - Mrs Hadden is responsible for SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Culture) which includes PHSCE. Please contact her for information and resources on this subject.

Miss Woolley (Cedar Park) - Communities and Enrichment Coordinator

We also have a variety of specialist groups who come into school or that school can put you in contact with such as Enthusiasm, The Runaways Project, Space@connexions Programme, Freshstart & Young Addaction - to mention just a few!

Ask Ms Somes, your Head of Year, or students services for more help.

Remember we are here to help!

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