It is essential that students of all ages at Ridgewood are aware of the educational, vocational and career options available to them at every stage of their learning.
Since gaining the nationally recognised Quality Award in 2013, we promote an innovative and creative approach to careers guidance. The menu of support includes individual careers guidance for those students who need it, but it also extends to group work and other activities, such as support for accessing and researching information, CV writing workshops, industry visits, Career Cafes and employer engagement. Dedicated information sessions on both Higher Education (HE) and apprenticeship routes are offered, led by specialist and qualified consultants from CareersInc, and are available to students and parents both in school and at our many evening events.
We review the information published in July each year, both as a school and through CareersInc. The next review will be in July 2020.
The impact of our careers programme on our students is measured and evaluated by our 'compass evaluations' that we carry out in partnership with the Doncaster Careers Hub once every term. We also take student voice as part of any evaluation of any event or materials that we offer. In addition, we analyse destination data each year to ensure that our guidance is impartial.
Our school Careers Leader, Mrs Michelle Charters, can be contacted by telephone on 01302 783939. She can be emailed via the 'Contact us' facility on this website.
Independent, impartial careers advice can be found at CareersInc's Ridgewood page.
Apprenticeships and HE
After studying at Ridgewood, some students may wish to take up an apprenticeship. This is a job with training which allows you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Most of the training is delivered in the work place, with an element of ‘off the job’ training which usually takes place with a training provider or at a college.
Anyone over the age of 16 and not in full time education can apply. Apprenticeships are increasingly being recognised as the gold standard for work based learning. There are over 250 different industries to choose from with more than 1,400 different job roles and up to 15,000 vacancies available at any one time.
Many students want to continue academic study once they complete their sixth form studies at Ridgewood. We guide students through the UCAS process as successfully, smoothly and early as possible with the help of specialist support, including contacts at UCAS, the University of Cambridge and the University of Huddersfield. We also encourage students to attend open days at universities where they may be interested in applying, in order to experience the institution first hand. The UCAS process starts in Year 12 for all students who wish to apply for Higher Education. For further information please visit www.ucas.com or find some helpful videos on the UCAS youtube channel.
- An internship is a job, paid or unpaid and usually temporary, which involves training for a professional career. At Ridgewood, we make these part of our whole school approach to maintaining close links with local employers and being part of the local community.
- At Ridgewood, our internship programme supplies genuine internship experience to 16-18 year olds who are enrolled as full-time students, working collaboratively with local employers in a flexible way, using a training provider to manage the contract.
- In the majority of cases, internships will be arranged in holiday periods where suitable, though some experience may also be arranged on an appropriate 'sandwich' basis during term time. Longer internships for students may also be available.
For more information about careers, you could visit an independent website such as https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/.