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Futures / Careers Programme

As a school we continue to; develop our service to maximise our enrichment offer and student development, to enhance their chances of finding the right courses at post-16 and beyond, and help each student consider possible career paths in future life. Through a robust process of opportunities and experiences, all students will be fully prepared for further education and a career that both suits and inspires for a lifetime! This is complemented with a continuous careers service from years 7 to 11.

Year 7

Students write letters highlighting their hopes, dreams and aspirations for adult life, which will be used by tutors and the careers advisor, to suggest routes they may take in the future when looking at careers.

Years 8 and 9

Through PSHCE students will learn about and develop employability skills. This will include how to look and apply for a college place, apprenticeship or job through to interview skills. Students in year 8-9 will also embark on careers advice and groups will be highlighted that may need extra guidance or already have a desired pathway to a future career.

Years 10 and 11

All students will have career interviews during the final two years at John Ferneley College and as many as needed to guarantee their placement at an appropriate college or apprenticeship . Each student is guided as to how to apply, write a letter of application and a CV where necessary. A post-16 market place is hosted in September, to give students the opportunity to discuss with providers possible courses and destinations and to start to make decisions on future pathways. Students applications are also prepared for desired destinations and the process is monitored by the Pastoral Leader and Careers Advisor throughout, and students are guided through the interview process. Once destinations are confirmed taster days are arranged so that students can visit providers and prepare for the coming year. Year 10 is also involved in 'INDUSTRY DAY', where they get the opportunity to meet local businesses and experience future careers and discuss the routes taken to make these choices. 

All Year 10 students are offered work experience at the end of the academic year as they embark on the next stage of their careers journey (this is arranged through LEBC).

Higher Education

We work with many Further Education institutes, such as Brooksby Melton College and MV16. Students are encouraged to visit 6th Forms and College open days; we also offer trips for students to visit University Open days, including Oxford University and De Montfort University.

Head of Futures

Mrs Geraghty is Head of Futures here at John Ferneley and can be contacted via email at [email protected]

All students will be given the opportunity to talk to our Careers Guide about their visions of their future, as well as any of our other staff members. We help to connect students to different activities, to suit their specific interests, and to link students to a network of educators and employers.

Careers appointments

If your child would like a careers appointment, please request to book with Miss Shotton (Administration Assistant) at [email protected]