Careers at MHS
We believe that if a student has a clear goal to work towards this can have a positive impact on their attainment, attitude and engagement in school. A varied and comprehensive careers education can provide this and we pride ourselves on offering this at Middlewich High School.
The firm basis of our careers education is our i-Value curriculum that encompasses PSHE, Citizenship and Careers. Students have one hour a fortnight dedicated to this. Our value-led curriculum allows students to explore key skills required in the world of work, such as: resilience, initiative and ambition amongst others. Through their lessons they are given the opportunity to learn about topics ranging from employability skills to writing a CV; Year 7 also engage with careers by looking at their goals and aspirations for the future.
According to the Department of Education ‘secondary schools should offer every young person at least seven encounters with employers during their education;’ this is something that we are endeavouring to achieve for our students. We have strong links with our local colleges, universities and employers; you can see a comprehensive list of our partnerships on this page. As part of our whole school approach to careers, we run our annual Careers Fair, which engages our students with organisations from a range of career pathways. However, we are seeking to produce more opportunities for our students to interact with employers through events such as ‘Employer Sector Lunches’ for Years 9-11, where students can attend ‘drop in’ sessions during lunch time with a range of employers; ‘Careers Question Time’ for our Year 7 cohort, during which a panel of employers will answer questions around the world of work, and career workshops for our Year 8 students as part of their GCSE Pathways program. A list of our previous and upcoming events can be found on this page.
Our comprehensive work alongside organisations such as The Middlewich Pledge and Higher Horizons ensures that we are constantly revising what we already offer our students. The Middlewich Pledge allows us to have real-life connections to the world of work and Higher Horizons exposes students to the value and worth of further education through regular trips to universities in order to sample a range of degrees.
To further develop the experience that we provide MHS students with we are working closely with The Gatsby Benchmarks, which define excellence in careers provision. As a school, we know that we already provide our students with a wealth of support regarding their careers but we are striving to make sure that this is excellent and varied enough for each and every child that attends our school; our moto is ‘Achievement For All’, this means that we must engage every individual.
This is just a brief overview of all that we do and are developing around our careers curriculum within school. Please take a look around the ‘Careers Page’ for some more detailed information about what is on offer.