Careers Programme & Provision

Careers Provision at Thamesmead

A principal aim of Thamesmead’s careers programme is to prepare young people for life beyond school and college. Thamesmead School is committed to providing a comprehensive and high quality careers programme, to support all of our students’ knowledge and understanding of how to manage their own lifelong learning and career path. Our programme aims to raise all students’ aspirations, irrespective of age, background, ability or SEND, and to develop our students’ employability skills across the school so that they are best prepared for their lives both during their time at Thamesmead, and in the future.

This is an outline of our careers programme for 2018-19. Please note that this may be subject to change, as opportunities come up, for example. Not also, that not all events are available for all students (some companies or providers stipulate small groups, for example).

Thamesmead School Careers Programme 2019-20

Year 7
  • Enterprise day – National Enterprise Challenge including finalists to national competition
  • Group of students to Surrey Uni with MFL department
  • Brass workshop – working in the music industry
  • Citizenship lessons: British values; diversity; identity; community; finance; barriers and solutions; responsibilities
In addition to specific careers related learning, all students have access to the following:

  • Thamesmead School Careers Fair
  • Careers Library
  • START digital platform activities
  • Careerometer for LMI
  • Assemblies from a range of employers/ employees
  • Curriculum areas linking their subjects to careers
  • External career fair opportunities for year 9, 10 and 11
  • All students to have experiences of workplaces
Year 8
  • STEM activity – Heathrow Lego Coding challenge
  • Stem Ambassadors to come into all year 8 science classes
  • Visit to Bocketts farm with Geography dept. to include section about jobs
  • Group of students to Kempton Park with Maths department
  • Brass workshop – working in the music industry
  • Group of students participate in Growing Aspirations programme
  • Group of students on Sports Leaders course
  • Citizenship lessons: volunteering; community; economic awareness; politics
Year 9
  • Choices lesson – Innervate
  • Choices assembly – Innervate
  • Options fair
  • Bridge Builders work experience
  • Group of students to Kempton Park with Maths department
  • Trip to Surrey Careers Fair (Epsom)
  • Trip to Shepperton Studios re careers in industry
  • Group of students to Surrey Uni with MFL department – European Market Challenge
  • BP Young Scientist Challenge
  • Citizenship lessons: careers; job market; interview skills; skills and strengths; community and diversity
Year 10
  • Choices at 16+ at Progress review evening
  • Choices at 16+ assembly –Innervate
  • What next questionnaire
  • Assemblies from sixth form schools, colleges and apprenticeship providers
  • Trip to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for employability skills
  • Trip to Natural History Museum with drama department
  • Science masterclasses and career workshops at Esher College
  • Trip to Shepperton Studios re careers in industry
  • Group of students to Guildford College – acting workshop
  • Interviews – Innervate, individual and group
  • Write a CV – CT lessons
  • Mock interview- English lesson
  • College taster days: Brooklands College; Strode’s; Woking
  • Visiting speaker Dr Matt Bullimore – Churchill College Cambridge University
  • Some students have been out on work experience – either as individuals or in groups
  • Group of students to Surrey Uni with MFL department – European Market Challenge

Citizenship lessons: careers and employability; post-16 choices; CV writing; identity; community

Year 11
  • Assemblies from Sixth forms and Colleges apprenticeship providers, employers
  • Visiting speaker Dr Matt Bullimore – Churchill College Cambridge University
  • Interviews from Innervate careers advisory service
  • Some students have been out on work experience – either as individuals or in groups
  • Armed Forces day
  • What next choice assistance: tutors/ HOY/ LS/ FW/JM/SP
  • Citizenship lessons: CVs and personal statements; interview technique; labour market information; skills and strengths; study skills