The head of careers ensures pupils can easily access one to one personalised advice at any stage of their time in school. In year 7 pupils are introduced to the careers department through a session focussing on aspirations and self-esteem. The following year they begin to investigate where a love of a particular subject may take them in the future. Careers work then begins in earnest in year 9 when pupils are introduced to the process of making informed choices. Lessons focussing on the future take place as part of the PSHCE programme and the careers department offers guidance in making choices at the key transition stages, helping pupils to make informed decisions about GCSE, A Level and university options based on accurate, impartial and up-to-date information. Subject choices, higher education applications, work experience, other training opportunities, CV writing and interview practice all form part of the programme with former pupils and parents playing a key role in sharing their experiences. During the course of their GCSE studies all pupils are enrolled in the Inspiring Futures ‘Futurewise’ scheme which, in addition to providing an individual profile for each pupil at the beginning of year 11, entitles them to careers guidance from Inspiring Futures until the age of 23.