Careers

As part of the Careers and Work Related Learning programme, we offer several events for our students, with different activities aimed at different year groups. We positively advertise external events to our students.

Careers Education

At East Barnet School we want our students to be able to make informed choices about their future. We want them to understand the variety of opportunities available to them and we are there to support them every step of the way.

Older pupils are particularly complimentary about careers information, advice and guidance. There are a wide range of talks on offer which help them think about their future.

Ofsted, 2017

The school has a dedicated web-based Careers Resource which is being constantly updated and is accessible via  https://skooler.eastbarnetschool.com; this has guidance for students and parents with interactive tools and direct links to useful websites.

East Barnet School’s Careers Education Programme is embedded into the PHSEE programme and our Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Careers, Mr Drugan, is in school daily, ready to support students as and when they feel they need support.

Careerometer

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Year Group Opportunities

Year 8

Every year we invite over 24 employers and business representatives to come and join us for our Annual Year 8 Business Challenge. This is an opportunity for students to work directly in small groups with employers to complete a ‘Dragon Den’ style business challenge on a set day in July. The activity introduces the students to the concept of how companies/businesses are created and what job roles are available within organisations. There is an entrepreneurial and product development aspect to the activity and students will develop their team working and communication skills.

Year 9

The in-house qualified Careers Advisor is available to all students with a lunchtime ‘open door’ drop-in clinic in room 106 to provide guidance on selecting GCSE options. The Career Adviser will also be available at the Year 9-10 Transfer evening to hand out information and answer general questions.

Year 10

As part of the Work-Related Learning programme we offer work experience to all Year 10 students for one week in July. This is an excellent programme whereby students find a work placement through family or friends or with some assistance from the school. Finding a placement on their own demonstrates the high level of independence and maturity, we expect of our students, while attending interviews and experiencing the working environment is great practice for the future. We are delighted to see that several students find part time work or gain Saturday jobs from their placements each year.

Year 11

All Year 11 students* have an in depth ‘impartial’ one-to-one careers interview with an external, professionally registered, Careers Advisor. At this meeting post 16 options are discussed with students and personal interests and preferences explored for future career exploration. If applying to a college is daunting, we even have our very own Destinations Officer, to help with college applications, if support is needed.

*Please note, some meetings will take place during the Summer Term of Year 10 due to timetabling and sheer number of students to be seen.

Sixth Form

There are a wide range of career resources and opportunities made available to our students these include notifications of activities/events from external providers including university summer schools, career fairs and taster days to employer led events and lecture/conferences.

During Year 12, students have an opportunity to fine tune their employability skills by participating in an Interview Skills Programme with volunteer employers. All students are encouraged to find work experience relating to their specific academic or career interest during the summer holiday period to boost their CV and/or personal statement and resources are available to help them including: Student Ladder

Lunchtime Career Talks & Presentations

As part of the careers programme at East Barnet School we invite various speaker into school to talk about their profession or organisation, these have included Google, Fosters & Partners, KPMG and we have recently had a Film Producer/Editor, Pilot, Doctor and a Vet in school. These talks are advertised in the school newsletter and advertised within the school internally. All year groups are invited to attend.

InvestIN

InvestIN provides inspirational career-experience programmes to students who aspire to break into some of the world’s most-desirable professions. On our programmes, we aim to create the ‘ultimate work experience’ through interactive simulations, seminars, networking sessions, and career coaching guidance. Around 25,000 students from 71 countries have attended our programmes since our inception, and our movement is gathering pace at an exponential rate.

Skills London

Skills London is the UK’s biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds and their families, taking place on 15 & 16 November 2019 at ExCeL London. The event attracts over 33,000 visitors and 240 exhibitors including top employers, colleges, training providers and advisers.

This two-day event provides visitors with the opportunity to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and helps young people visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career. In addition to being free to attend, schools and colleges are also offered a travel bursary to help with transport costs.

If you are a parent / carer of a young person, you are invited to come along with your family and friends for FREE, on either the Friday or Saturday from 9.30am – 4.00pm.  To find out more or to book online, please visit their website.

Smallpiece

Smallpeice offer a wide range of exciting and dynamic events that not only educate but raise awareness among students of how the engineering sector contributes to the general and economic wellbeing of society.

*Please not that all courses/programmes are subject to a charge/fee

Opportunities for Providers

If you are interested in supporting the school or wish to speak to our students about the training/education opportunities you offer, please contact us. You are also invited to volunteer for one of our advertised activities/events at Inspiring the Future.

Alumni

We love to hear from previous students of East Barnet School and are always keen to keep in touch during their onward adventures. In 2011 we celebrated our 75th anniversary and had students from across the decades (even in their 90s!) return for a celebration in our new building.

Alumni Community

East Barnet School has a long and proud history, with only five Headteachers leading the school over a period of over 80 years. Once students join our school, they begin a lifetime’s association with our community, and many come back to work as teachers or support staff, whilst others send their own children (and even grandchildren) to the school, or offer support as mentors, coaches, interviewers, etc. We also offer former students opportunities for work placements so that they can gain experience, careers advice, or just a sense of belonging to such a vibrant and stimulating community. Former members of staff also remain part of our community, and many of them come back for social occasions or even for career advice and support.

The formal opening of our new school building in March 2011, brought together at least one student from every year group since the school opened in 1937, as well as many dignitaries, local headteachers, and friends of EBS; many visitors described it as the most moving and inspiring day they had spent in any school. Former EBS students came from Australia, New Zealand, and from all parts of the United Kingdom. Both of my daughters, who also attended our school, felt very privileged to represent their year groups (a very large number of our staff send their children to EBS), as did many members of staff (about 20 members of staff were former students).

Our welcome letters to Year 7 students always say “we hope your association with East Barnet School will be long and happy” the EBS Alumni is an organisation which has been set up to ensure this is so.

N. Christou, Former Headteacher (1998 – 2018)

Dan James

Freelance Video Editor, BBC

“There is something nice and tangible about being able to create something other people can see. You are producing stuff that goes on BBC1 or BBC2, and people think oh yeah, I recognise that; I saw that the other day.”

Alice Lacey

Doctor

“When I was at school I had to do a lot of work experience to get into medical school in the first place. I had to prove that I was dedicated to it and also make sure I really wanted to do it.”

Samuel Kasumu

Business Owner

“I think having a very clear vision allows you to be inspired, and also who you compare yourself too, also allows yourself to be inspired.”

Tarah Welsh

Journalist, BBC

“I meet people that want to get into journalism all the time, and the advice I would give them is do something else first. I think that working in a bar, a cafe or a golf club; you meet all different people, they tell you their stories; it means that you can network with everyone. It is that experience, I think, that lends itself to being a good journalist.”

So What's It All About?

Whether you are a recent leaver, or you have been away for a while, we are delighted that you have taken this opportunity to keep in touch with us and hope that you will take the time to register as a member of the EBS alumni.

The aim of the EBS Alumni is to offer former students, teachers, parents and supporters of East Barnet School opportunities to maintain an active link with our school. We hope to keep you up to date with developments within the school and planned reunions.

By establishing a network of people linked to the school and to each other, we hope to strengthen links with the working community that we can make connections and provide opportunities for both our current and former students. We plan to offer various opportunities for you to share some (or a lot!) of what you have learnt and experienced so far with our students.

As the Assistant Headteacher in charge of the development of the EBS Alumni I look forward to sharing ideas as to how we can build further connections together to support our exceptional institution.

J. Connick, Assistant Headteacher

Join Us!

The best way to keep in touch with us (and so we can keep in touch with you), is to follow us on LinkedIn. It is also a great platform to meet old friends and see what they have been up to since you all left. Who knows, connecting with an EBS student, could be the next step on your career ladder!

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