Raising Aspirations

Careers advice and guidance at The Priory School is changing as we strive to deliver a more streamlined, accessible and relevant service to our students, and ensure that parents and carers are fully involved in this process as well.

Our department name of Raising Aspirations (CEIAG – Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) reflects the fact that we encompass much more than careers advice in our work.

Going forward Raising Aspirations (CEIAG) will be the umbrella for all careers-related activity in school, including careers advice and guidance; work-related learning; enterprise; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers knowledge; applications to college, university and apprenticeships; with access to business mentoring and work experience.

Our role is to equip students with the skills and knowledge that they need to make informed decisions at key points in their school lives, and ultimately to prepare them for the world of work. Our aim is to enable all students to achieve their full potential.

As part of their curriculum all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are delivered bespoke RA lessons.  For this year, they are based around the following:

  • Year 7 Me and my skills
  • Year 8 Entrepreneurial skills – £1 challenge
  • Year 9 Me and my options – making the right choice
  • These lessons also dovetail with RA weeks, which are delivered alongside the 6th Form team.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 10 also participate in RA learning days, which for this year are:

  • Year 7 Ugly Animal Appreciation Day
  • Year 8 Take your child to work day
  • Year 10 Get work ready week including, workshops and a careers fair.

We are keen for our students to explore the options available and to realise what potential pathways are open to them.  To this end, we arrange a number of guest speakers to visit the school each year to introduce the students to certain career paths.  These have included:

  • Sports physiotherapist
  • Magician
  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Neuroscientist
  • The Royal Navy
  • Fashion designer
  • Vets
  • The National Health Service
  • Radio presenter
  • Journalist
  • Photographer

In addition to in school learning, we also send out students to local and national events, such as:

  • Skills Show in Birmingham
  • National Apprenticeship Show in Milton Keynes
  • Higher Education Conventions
  • Oaklands College Open Day
  • Open Door Construction visits

Finally, as part of our work both supporting students in their aspirations and also helping them to engage with their local community, we have developed the following business links:

  • Youth Connexions
  • E.L.S.A
  • Airbus
  • GSK
  • Willmott Dixon
  • MBDA
  • Navy
  • UK Music
  • Leonardo UK
  • RAF
  • Fortem
  • Phase
  • Civil Service

Raising Aspirations Contact Details

Head of RA – Zoe Armitage – Head of the RA  – Zoe.Armitage@priory.herts.sch.uk – 01462 622300  (Ext: 246)

KS3 and KS4 Co-ordinator – Sally Emler – Sally.Emler@priory.herts.sch.uk – 01462 622300 (Ext: 233)

KS5 Co-ordinator – Lynne Luckman – Lynne.Luckman@priory.herts.sch.uk – 01462 622300 (Ext: 233)

Upcoming Events

  • 19th October 2017 – Post 16 Pathways evening
  • 4th July 2018 – Post 18 Pathways evening