Ofsted praises careers at two Bucks’ schools

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Congratulations to St Michael’s Catholic School and The Aylesbury Vale Academy in Bucks which have received special mentions for their careers education within positive Ofsted inspection reports.

Ofsted inspected St Michael’s Catholic School in High Wycombe in January and praised careers highly:

  • “The school’s careers programme is a strength of the school. Younger pupils are introduced to the world of work and older pupils are provided with detailed advice and guidance. Some imaginative partnerships with local businesses have enhanced pupils’ experiences of careers, apprenticeships and the opportunities provided by higher education.”
  • “As with the rest of the school, sixth-form students benefit from the comprehensive programme of careers advice and guidance. Students are well informed about the opportunities open to them, including employment, apprenticeships and university.

Alongside Study Higher, Bucks Skills Hub has also worked closely with The Aylesbury Vale Academy which was praised similarly after its inspection in January. Improvements made to its careers advice and guidance are highlighted several times in their Ofsted report:

  • “As they progress through the school, pupils grow in self-confidence and in their aspirations. Leaders have recently made significant improvements to careers advice and guidance. This now helps pupils to consider a range of post-16 and post-sixth form options that meet their interests and aptitudes and prepare them well for the next stages of education or employment.”
  • “Improved careers information and guidance ensure that pupils are well supported when making decisions about their examination courses and post-16 options. School staff and independent careers advisers support pupils and their parents in the choice of course best suited to the pupil. As a result, the proportion of pupils leaving the school who are not in education, training or employment has declined.”
  • “Students engage in a wide range of enrichment programmes, including work experience with a wide range of reputable companies and organisations. Learners in Year 13 told us that work experience had helped them to make decisions about their choice of university courses and apprenticeship pathways.”
  • “In the past, the careers education and advice that pupils received when making choices to study post 16 and after they left the sixth form was not sufficient or helpful. This has changed. Students now gain access to independent careers advice and suitable work
  • experience opportunities. Students in Year 12 are now confident that they will be better supported, having observed the provision for the current Year 13, including visits to universities, careers fairs and an apprenticeship day.”