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Wycombe High School has a full time designated Higher Education and Careers Adviser 

Mrs P Chidgey - Higher Education and Careers Adviser

Miss A Drysdale - Careers Lead

Address: Wycombe High School, Marlow Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1TB

Email: careers@whs.bucks.sch.uk    Telephone: 01494 523961

The Higher Education and Careers Adviser offers a structured and effective careers and higher education programme, with related careers and training activities including; opportunities to engage with employers via work experience and workplace visits, enterprise activities, presentations and workshops, national competitions, Inspire and Career talks and the annual WHS Higher Education and Careers Fair held in March.  

WHS Career and Higher Education Adviser supports students and parents by offering impartial advice and guidance with access to a full range of post-16 opportunities.  For further details, please click on the Key Stage drop down menu.

  • Career interviews - break and lunchtime drop-in sessions and access to an independent careers consultant from Adviza (Buckingham Connexions) www.adviza.org.uk who can offer 1:1 interviews supporting students to raise aspirations and motivate them to achieve their full potential
  • Inspire & Career Talks - with WHS alumnae and other inspiring women coming into school and talk to all year groups about their own education and career pathways 
  • PSHEE Careers Day – 'Living in the Wider World' for all year groups Year 7 to 13
  • Work Experience - Support and guidance offered to all Year 11 students applying for work experience with presentations during PSHEE, Assemblies and Tutor Time
  • Annual WHS Careers and Higher Education Fair - with representatives from HE universities and FE Colleges, local and national companies offering apprenticeships, work and training, Gap year information and various subject and HE talks taking place during the evening
  • Higher Education Presentations - covering varied topics including: why university, choosing a course, university applications, degree apprenticeships, personal statement writing, student finance, applying to Oxford and Cambridge, university assessments etc.
  • Resources - access to excellent resources in the careers library and via the school website and parent portal
  • Eclips - all students have access to www.eclips-online.co.uk offering an A-Z search function on job groups, education choices, work and training and labour market information
  • Unifrog - Year 11, 12 and 13 have access to the online platform unifrog www.unifrog.org where they can explore education and training pathways, apprenticeships and FE Colleges, with best practice guides to applications, personal statement writing, CV writing. Access to all UK university websites and information on applying to university in Europe, Canada, US, Australia and New Zealand 
  • University visits - students have the opportunity to visit universities in Year 10, 12 and 13 organised by WHS
  • Careers Newsletter - monthly newsletter going out through the Parent Portal with WHS careers news, apprenticeship vacancies, courses, study days and taster days etc. 
  • Vacancy Bulletin - sent out via email to all sixth form students, with live apprenticeship vacancies and information about upcoming taster & study days, open days, competitions etc.

Assessment of the Impact of Careers at WHS

WHS collates regular and systematic evaluation and feedback from students, employers and training providers through questionnaires and surveys sent out after each activity. This information is then used to assess and help develop the WHS careers programme.  To further assess the impact of the careers programme at WHS, we are in the process of updating the regular 'End of Year Survey' for parents

We also track destinations of students leaving WHS in Year 11 and Year 13

Provider Access

In line with the Gatsby statutory requirements; WHS offers multiple opportunities for outside providers to come into school and speak to students and parents about options available post 16, including; colleges, universities, employers offering apprenticeships and training providers.  We hold an annual Careers and HE Fair, assemblies, lunchtime talks, presentations and publish a sixth form bulletin with apprenticeship vacancies.  For further information please contact Mrs Penny Chidgey at; careers@whs.bucks.sch.uk

 The next assessment of the WHS Careers and Education Programme will be September 2019.