The Careers Leader at the school is Miss Bishop (Associate Assistant Headteacher). You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for help and information.
Do follow us on Twitter @ophs_careers for information about careers education, with links to useful opportunities and support for students and also helpful information for parents and carers.
Changes in careers guidance in secondary schools in 2018 mean that there is now an eight-part framework for schools to use to build their careers provision, which you can read about here.
The framework is known as The Gatsby Benchmarks and are briefly outlined below:
Information and opportunities for students:
We work with external agencies and partners to provide a diverse range of careers information and opportunities for students to meet employers and employees. For instance, this year so far Year 9 Business Studies students have had a virtual workshop with NatWest, while Year 10 have had the opportunity to log on to ‘Meet the Employer’ virtual sessions with employers such as the Institute of Cancer Research and the Cabinet Office.
The school is very fortunate to have two Enterprise Advisers, Roumila Anenden and Beth Clarke, who are kindly volunteering their time and extensive experience as HR professionals to support our students with employability skills, advice and support. Roumila and Beth are part of the London Enterprise Adviser Network.
For Year 11 and above, we have an Independent Careers Adviser from the Education Development Trust who provides impartial, 1:2:1 careers guidance for students throughout the academic year. Students are welcome to request an interview via their tutor, Head of Year or Mrs Berry.
We are also very pleased to be an ASK (Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge) Development School in South London which gives our students a bespoke support package to help them successfully navigate the ways and opportunities of apprenticeships and traineeships.
Information and resources for parents:
You may find these links useful for more information on how you can support your child with their next steps after school:
Success at School, Parents and Carers ebook
Not Going to Uni
Parental Guidance – Careers information and advice from the Careers Writers Association
Choices magazine 2020/21 – already given to Year 11 this year
www.ucas.com/careers-advice - Advice for students on careers
nationalcareers.service.gov.uk Careers information aimed at 16-24 year olds
www.allaboutcareers.com Job profiles, planning tools and more.
www.apprenticeships.gov.uk - National apprenticeship service
www.totaljobs.com – Search for jobs by sector or location, CV builder and checker.
www.careerpilot.org.uk/information/your-choices-at-16/help-with-choosing-your-post-16-options - Post 16 Options