Fulham Cross Girls’School’s reason for being is to empower tomorrow’s women. An exemplary careers education, information and advice provision is at the heart of the ethos of Fulham Cross. We have a fully resourced Careers and Work Experience Department providing personalised support to every student in the school. The careers department at Fulham Cross is currently meeting the overwhelming majority of the ‘Gatsby Measures’ and is committed to meet every measure 100% by September 2019
Students have the opportunity to explore the world of further education and the world of work from day one in year 7 until, sadly, they leave us in Year 11. Student drop in sessions are available most days from 8.15am throughout break time, lunch time and after school up until 4.00 pm. The Department is staffed by Ms Biety but is also supported by the year teams and the PSHCE Department.
Every student goes on a 2 week work experience placement. Work experience provides students with the opportunity to see the world of work at first hand, to acquire and develop key skills, to sample a wide a range of tasks as possible under the supervision of experienced workers and to make a small contribution to the work of a team:
The Deputy Head at Christ Church Primary: “Chiara is a teacher in the making”.
Alisha worked at Imperial College in Recruitment. The employer stated: “She was lovely to have with us for two weeks – got stuck in, asked loads of questions etc etc and showed a genuine interest, even in tasks that were a bit mundane!
In addition, students receive 1:1 careers information, advice and guidance appointments with a school Careers Adviser. We also work closely with external Advisers supporting students with their progression:
Work Experience Preparation Day
William Morris Sixth Form
Putney High School
Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Services
Careers education lessons are delivered as part of the school’s PSHCE programme and form the foundations of the Aspirations service.
To complement this work students are given numerous opportunities to experience contact with and gain an insight into external organisations, including:
The School’s enrichment programme
Morning Empower Breakfasts
At least 1 university visit
Visits to employers relevant to students’courses
Working with large national companies and organisations (Fulham Enterprise Studio)
Further and higher education
Throughout their time at Fulham Cross, all students are strongly encouraged to consider their next steps especially into further and higher education in order to empower themselves, through education, as the next generation of women:
Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to kick-start your career, giving you hands on experience, a salary and the opportunity to gain qualifications while you work – even a degree! All of this with some high quality, prestigious companies in loads of different industries. Use the following links to gain more information:
getingofar.gov.uk : general information on apprenticeships
gov.uk/apply-apprenticeships : general apprenticeships vacancies at all levels
citb.co.uk/bconstructive : construction apprenticeship vacancies
nationalcareersservice.org.uk : Career tools – job profiles – profiles on almost 800 different types of job, from gardener to graphic designer. Each one explains which skills and qualifications you need to get into that job. You can also read about what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects are.