Our offer

Our ethos

At the Malling School we want to inspire, guide and lead by example within our field and therefore we hold ourselves up as a beacon for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. At the heart of our strategy is our promise to ensure that all students are well equipped and therefore confident to make good informed choices that enable them to have the best possible outcomes.

Our Intention

To deliver outstanding impartial CEIAG that includes information on all future pathway options. We recognise that our students are individuals and therefore our guidance is bespoke for each and every one.

Work closely with our partner Universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers and other trusted agencies to ensure all students have a plethora of experiences.

Provide all students with a Careers programme through; the school curriculum, careers meetings, experiences of employers and workplaces, events and trips, in line with statutory guidance.

Support all students through key transition stages with information made readily available to them, their parents and carers in a variety of formats ensuring it is accessible to all.

Use the Gatsby Benchmarks as a framework to ensure we are providing the best possible CEIAG by mapping our provision and measuring the impact of our work.

 

Year 7 and 8 Careers

During Year 7 and 8 you will spend time finding out about yourself and what you are like. You will have careers lessons in Period 1 to help you with this. By the end of Year 8 we hope you will understand the need to aim high and keep your options open. Your career choice may not stay the same as you as you go through school so we want you to know how to research and find out about a variety of jobs, not just the ones you already know about; we will show you how to do this.

There is a careers page on the school website and this has links on it to careers research and personality assessment websites – Take a look and try them! It is also important that you know who you can talk to about careers. Miss Willis is the Careers Adviser for years 7 to 11 and her office is opposite the library. You can see her at break or lunchtime (Monday, Tuesday or Friday), email her directly or ask your form tutor to speak to her. Your parents can also make an appointment to see her (with you there). Her e-mail address is willisa@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk or, they can ring 01732 840995 (ext 250). Remember – aim high, reach for your potential and never give up.

 

Year 9 Careers

Year 9 is the year that you make your option choices about the GCSEs and BTECs that you will study. Your Period 1 careers lessons in Year 9 will prepare you for this by showing you how to identify which subjects and courses are best for you. You will also have an options evening where you can find out all about the subjects offered and how you can make good decisions. There will also be some university trips for different subjects. By the end of Year 9 we hope you will understand the benefit of keeping your options open and having a back-up plan. Your career choice may not stay the same as you as you go through school so it is good not to restrict yourself at this stage; the exams you take in Year 11 could affect what you can do after that. There is a careers page on the school website and this has links on it to careers research and personality assessment websites – have a look! It is also important that you know who you can talk to about careers. Miss Willlis is the Careers Adviser for years 7 to 11 and her office is opposite the library. You can see her at break or lunchtime (Monday, Tuesday or Friday), email her directly or ask your form tutor to speak to her. Your parents can also make an appointment to see her (with you there). Her e-mail address is willisa@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk or, they can ring 01732 840995 (ext 250).

 

Year 10 Careers

During Year 10 you will find out about the different options you have once you finish Year 11. These are called post-16 options. You will be asked to make your applications to your post-16 choices early on during year 11 and so we need to make sure you start getting prepared for this in year 10. In your Period 1 careers lessons you will look again at your personal strengths, how these match careers and the goals you have set yourself. What do you need to do to achieve your goals and what are the different ways of getting there? There will be trips to university on different subjects and people to talk to you in assembly and in class about apprenticeships, college and sixth form. All of Year 10 will complete an online careers assessment to help you to match your personality traits and preferences to suitable careers. During Year 10 you will spend some time preparing a CV and developing interviewing skills. This will help to prepare for our Mock Interview Day where all of Year 10 will have the opportunity to have a ‘mock job interview’ with a real employer. Feedback will be available after the interview to help you to prepare for future interviews. By the end of Year 10 we hope you will understand the options you have and be prepared to accept responsibility for what action you must take to reach your goals. Miss Willlis is the Careers Adviser for years 7 to 11 and her office is opposite the library. You can see her at break or lunchtime (Monday, Tuesday or Friday), email her directly or ask your form tutor to speak to her. Your parents can also make an appointment to see her (with you there). Her e-mail address is willisa@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk or, they can ring 01732 840995 (ext 250).

 

Year 11 Careers

This is a very exciting time – let’s make sure you are well prepared. Year 11 is the year in which you must action the plans you have set for yourself. Are you going into the sixth form (The Malling School or a different school), moving on to college or an apprenticeship? You will be given a lot of help and guidance in your Period 1 careers lessons and there will also be assemblies on how to make applications and make sure that you have a back-up plan. By the end of Year 11 we hope you will feel confident about your next step and that it is right for you. You will understand what ‘employability skills’ are and how important these are alongside qualifications. You have access to the Careers folder on Teams where there is a huge amount of information that will help you with all things to do with careers – future applications, college, apprenticeships, all careers etc…

Miss Willlis is the Careers Adviser for years 7 to 11 and her office is opposite the library. You can see her break or lunchtime (Monday, Tuesday or Friday) email her directly or ask your form tutor to speak to her. Your parents can also make an appointment to see her (with you there). Her e-mail address is willisa@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk or, they can ring 01732 840995 (ext 250).

 

Sixth Form Careers

In the Sixth Form you will be given help developing your career plans and carrying them through. You will have assemblies and group sessions on topics such as Student Finance, Higher Apprenticeships, Open Day planning and the UCAS process. In Year 12 you will attend the Higher Education Exhibition. We also organise annual trips to the Employability and Skills Apprenticeship Fair, ‘Meet an Employer’ days and Healthcare: The Academy at Maidstone hospital. We run a yearly ‘Employability Day’ for the whole of the sixth form where you will get the chance to meet an employer, have a mock interview, develop your CV and research your post-18 options. To help you with research we have put a ‘Sixth Form Careers’ folder resource on Teams where you will be able to access handy guides on a variety of topics including job search, applying to university, personal statements and much more. Make sure you have a look at this at it will save you a lot of time. Mrs Elexander is your dedicated, specialist careers adviser for your time in sixth form. You can pop in to see her at break or lunchtime or book a guidance interview with her. If your parents want they too can make an appointment to see Mrs Alexander (with you there) and her e-mail address is lisa.alexander@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk or telephone 01732 840995 (ext 261) Remember – aim high, reach for your potential and never give up.