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Parkside's Careers Providers Access Policy.

At Parkside, we strive to equip our pupils with the attitudes, values, skills and knowledge that they need in order to be successful in their futures. As part of this aim, we concentrate on raising aspirations and providing pupils with a stable and structured careers programme. By using the Gatsby benchmarks, we are committed to ensuring that our pupils have clear goals for their educational progress. We aim to ensure that pupils are well informed and equipped to make decisions regarding their future, by the time they leave for High School education.

Throughout Key Stage Three, pupils are provided with clear information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions. Links to potential careers are woven explicitly throughout the curriculum: real life contexts and the links between subjects and careers are made explicit across the school. In addition to this, pupils are provided with a wealth of opportunities to learn how the different STEM subjects help people gain entry to and be successful in a wide range of careers. We have excellent relationships with local businesses and universities, and ensure that all pupils participate in meaningful encounters with employers during their time at the school; enrichment activities include visiting speakers, an annual trip for Year 8 to the Skills and Careers show, visits and trips to places of work and universities, local business competitions and participation in enterprise schemes. Pupils are given clear, independent guidance about apprenticeships as part of their transition to High School.

For further information, please contact Mrs Terrey through the school office.

Employee Encounter

On Tuesday, 29th January 2019, Parkside were thrilled to welcome Kathryn Gutteridge, the President of the Royal College of Midwives, to come and speak to all of Key Stage Three about her profession and the role of a midwife.

Kathryn was elected President of the RCM in June 2017 and is an established Consultant Midwife with a long history of clinical care in the NHS. She has worked in many diverse settings including neonatal services and community midwifery care. She is currently the Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women at Sandwell and West Midlands Hospitals NHS trust. Kathryn is passionate about women’s issues and particularly in relation to childbearing. Kathryn specialises in women’s psychological, emotional and mental wellbeing during childbirth.

During her talk, Kathryn was able to talk extensively about all of the responsibilities and roles involved in midwifery, and drew attention to the care for patients from the moment a baby is conceived through to the aftercare. She showed us some of her key “tools”, as well as some images of the Serenity Birth Centre in Birmingham, which she helped to design. She also spoke about routes into the profession and answered some challenging and thoughtful questions from out pupils.

The pupils were completely engaged throughout and found the talk fascinating – Kathryn spoke enthusiastically about her passion for her job and inspired several pupils to investigate midwifery as a career.