All students at Twynham have access to careers guidance in a variety of ways:
- In Year 9, there is dedicated time during PSHE lessons covering such things as GCSE and BTEC options, local labour market information, managing money, post-16 progression, interview techniques and writing letters of application.
- In Year 10, students complete a one week work experience. Selection for this, and further information, are available in the autumn term. This is always a highly successful, worthwhile and valuable experience for the students. Unfortunately, due to age restrictions and demand, it is not always possible to match a student’s career aspirations with a work placement, particularly in fields such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary. All placements are vetted.
- The school has been fortunate to be able to buy in the services of Ansbury, giving students the opportunity for an individual interview and careers advice if required. Our Ansbury adviser can be contacted by email or by referral from a tutor or via the Careers Office.
In addition, there are many other careers inputs through assemblies and events such as Employability and Enterprise Days, Year 9 Options Evening, post-16 and post-18 Progression Evenings, a Top University and a Top Apprenticeship Event and Sixth Form Open Evening. All Year 12 students attend a Higher Education Fair at Bournemouth University in the Spring Term to learn more about this option whilst exploring their post-18 choices.
We also have a dedicated Oxbridge tutor who helps students plan and make applications to Oxford and Cambridge. For any student considering medicinal/veterinary careers, we provide them with the necessary guidance and interview practice. Moreover, we have a unique Alumni Event, which allows students to meet some of our very best past students, gaining advice and work experience opportunities.
The Sixth Form also have their own dedicated post-18 advisor who is employed to assist with plans after A-Levels, applications to university, internships or top apprenticeships.