CAREER MARK AWARD

Career Mark Logo 2015-2017

Smith’s Wood Sports College is pleased to advise that it has been awarded the Career Mark for Careers Education and Guidance for 2015.  This award is valid for 2 years.

The College went through a rigorous inspection in order to earn this prestigious award.  Some of the points raised included:

“It is evident that a commitment has been made to invest in career guidance; recognising the contribution this can make to supporting students to overcome barriers they may face, and enable them to make positive transitions. This approach is indicative of the overall ethos which flourishes in the school; that to enable students to aspire and achieve, it is essential to place the student at the heart of the provision, recognising all the elements which contribute to this, including pastoral support.

The value placed on this provision, and CEIAG in particular, by students is very high.”

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is considered essential and integral to supporting the school in raising student aspirations.

It is evident that a commitment has been made to invest in career guidance; including the specific role of the Careers Advisor, recognising the contribution this can make to supporting students to overcome barriers they may face, and enable them to make positive transitions. The award is in recognition of the hard work that is carried out day to day  including:

Year 7-  Young Leaders – Leadership programme.

Year 8-  World of Work – A range of employers participate in a wonderful day to introduce our students to the World of Work. Interested in participating please contact odonnell.a@smiths-wood.com. We would love to hear from you. Year 8 Careers Project – Passportfolio.

Year 9- Introduction to Career Planning Websites – Wellbeing Days – Lion Heart Challenge – Group interviews – 1:1 interventions – University visits – College visits.

Year 10- Skills Show – Group interventions – 1:1 interventions – University visits – College visits.

Year 11-1:1 interventions – Record of Achievement support. – Career Fayre – University visits – College visits – Apprenticeship support

Year 12- Careers/PSHE Days – Dedicated support from Sixth form team – Skills Show – University visits – Apprenticeship support

Year 13- Careers Days/PSHE– Dedicated support from Sixth form team – UCAS

Smith’s Wood Sports College uses www.ucasprogress.com with students in Year 11 as they make choices for Post 16.   It is an impartial ‘search & apply’ website that allows pupils to see all the options available to them.

This approach is indicative of the overall ethos which flourishes in the school; that to enable students to aspire and achieve, it is essential to place the student at the heart of the provision, recognising all the elements which contribute to this.

Careers Advisor: Mrs A O’Donnell

 

Introducing Accelerated Reader

accelerated%20readerSmith’s Wood Sports College is proud to announce the Accelerated Reader programme for all Year 7 and Year 8 Students.

What? The Accelerated Reader programme is a nationwide scheme that is designed to improve your child’s literacy levels, widen their literary knowledge and foster a love of reading. Find out more here.

How? Each pupil will take a Star Reading test to work out their reading range. This then corresponds to every book in the library, so that they know which books are ideal for them to read. After reading the test the pupils take a short quiz to evaluate how well they have comprehended it.

When? Each lesson will begin with 10 minutes reading, however your child should be bringing books home every day, which we encourage you to discuss with them. As little as 30 minutes extra reading a day can have massive effects on their literacy levels.

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Booster Sessions

As we embark on the most important year of your child’s educational journey, it is of great importance that we work collaboratively to ensure that they reach their full potential in all subjects.

To support your child we have scheduled weekly subject booster sessions (see attached timetable) which commence week beginning 5th October. These sessions have been planned to specifically help your child to make the progress that they are fully capable of and to build up their confidence in tackling exam/coursework questions more effectively.

See the full schedule here and our letter to parents here.

Science Club Set for New Term

The first Science Club of the new term meets on Wednesday 7 October at 3.10pm to 4pm in S15. The students who are interested will need to get a letter from their science teacher or the sciences hub. This exciting opportunity is open to all pupils in Key Stage 3.