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Sixth Form Careers & Next Steps

Careers Education Information and Guidance

We take pride in our outstanding careers and university support in the sixth form. The support and process students go through in sixth form we refer to as the Beyond 18 journey. This relates to the steps that a student will take to get ready for university or the world of work during their time with us. Students can expect to attend conferences, trips, open days, experience work shadowing and receive personalised support with any applications they make. This support will begin from day one in year 12 and continue until their final results day.

At Roding Valley High School we strongly believe in planning ahead for our students’ futures. We understand the importance of making informed decisions, so we make sure our students have access to all the relevant information and opportunities to make those decisions. We also acknowledge the need to start this process early.


Career journey

Starting as early as Year 7 we encourage students to consider their strengths and the skills they have through a series of lessons. These lessons prepare them for looking at post 14 options and careers.

By the time the students are in Year 9 they will have received specific guidance regarding their option choices and have the opportunity to speak to employers and attend a careers fair.

During their KS4 years students will take part in a work experience placement, they will learn to produce CVs and letters of application. They will be offered workshops in interview techniques and have a mock interview with a local employer. They will be guided in how to make applications to college, sixth forms, apprenticeship schemes or jobs. They will participate in Careers workshops in Year 10 and in Year 11 have a personalised individual careers meeting with our Careers Advisor Mrs Mason at Roding Valley or another Careers Advisor on request from the Epping Forest Consortium. They will also have the opportunity to meet with employers and Post 16 providers.

We aim to help all students thoroughly investigate career opportunities through a range of educational experiences and we invest in careers computer programmes to ensure that all students are given as much information and support as possible in order for them to make informed choices about their KS4 Options and Post-16 Pathways.

Career advice

All students have access to college taster days and open days, inspirational talks, assemblies, apprenticeship workshops plus much more.

Our Careers Education and Guidance at Roding Valley aims to prepare all students for their adult and working life by contributing to the development of the fully rounded individual. We firmly believe that students should always be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge of themselves and be able to utilise all the opportunities open to them.

Our student’s receive impartial careers advice and we have an excellent record of ensuring that our students secure Post 16 education places.

When students join the Sixth Form they will work closely with Ms Wheaton, Mrs Mason and their sixth form tutors to discuss all their possible options after Year 13. There will be a number of workshops and events based around Careers, Higher Apprenticeships and School Leaver Programmes, but also a greater focus on the UCAS process and University applications.RoQA Award

At Roding Valley we have our own Careers Room and Careers Advisor. Our Careers Room, is open daily from 8.15 – 4.15, Monday – Thursday. We run an ‘open door’ policy for our Careers Room, so (unless there is an interview in progress) students can come in to the Careers Room at any point and look through our resources or speak to Mrs Mason. Students and Parents can also make an appointment in person or via e-mail.

We run many careers events throughout the year, if you are an employer/college/university/apprenticeship provider who would like to engage with the school please contact Mrs Mason our Careers Leader.

If you wish to contact Mrs Mason


tel: 020 8508 1173

Beyond 18 Day and Evening 2019

Following the Business Breakfast, students continued their day thinking about their future plans. A representative from the University of East Anglia joined us to share with students how to write a fantastic personal statement. Then students had practical sessions from ASK Apprenticeships on applications, logging onto UCAS in preparation for university applications and a personal statement writing support session.

It was a chance for all students to think about their futures and reflect on what their next steps might be.

Our evening event was for parents and students. Thank you to parents who attended to support their son / daughter. We are also grateful to Megan Broughton from the University of East Anglia who delivered a session on applying to university and student finance, as well as Stephen Isherwood from the Institute of Student Employers, who shared insight into the current trends in the world of work and his top tips for making successful applications. We hope parents found this talk useful and they find themselves best placed to support their son / daughter over the coming months. 

Here are links to documents shared with students throughout the day:

Here are links to the presentations given on the evening:

Here is link to advice given on writing personal statements click here to view/download:

All students should be feeling motivated to research and finalise their plans for the applications they will be making in the Autumn Term. For both university applicants and those applying to higher level apprenticeships deadline will come round quickly and we encourage them to start work on personal statements, covering letters and CVs now, rather than leaving until the start of the next academic year.

This is a really exciting time for year 12 and we look forward to working with them on their Beyond 18 journey. If they need any support or guidance over the coming weeks, all they need to do is ask.

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