Careers Policies and Documentation
Encounters with Employers
Encounters with Experiences of Workplaces
Encounters with Further and Higher Eduction
Supported Insight Scheme
Derbyshire Local Offer
Information for young people & children with SEND, families and professionals. Find out more information here.
Aims & Vision of Careers Education at Ashgate Croft School
Careers at Ashgate Croft is defined as ‘Any activity which furthers the knowledge, understanding, skill or experience with the purpose of leading to life enhancing outcome, including improving the possibility & probability of working in a range of settings.’
We aim to ensure a high quality of vocational and careers education for all our students, to be delivered in a meaningful and appropriate way for their needs and circumstances.
Through person centred planning with the Education, Health & Care (EHCP) plans at the centre, we support all our students to articulate their aspirations for adult life, including community inclusion, independence, their aspiration to work and promoting their physical and mental health. This also includes adults around our students, knowing the individual and their needs.
Our school vision is for all our students to become as independent as they can be and to be prepared for adulthood. We aim to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential whether that is to continue in further education, employment, or independent living.
We work in partnership with parents/carers and other agencies to ensure that students are supported holistically in their development. We do this by the use of newsletters, parent/carer evenings, coffee mornings, school website, and whole school events, we share information about open days and careers fairs to help inform the decision-making process.
We inform parent/carers of opportunities which will enrich, enhance and add to the curriculum offered at Ashgate Croft, including open days, activities and events. We remind our parents/carers that with the right support, many young people with SEND can find paid work and be supported to live independently and participate in leading a full and active role in their community.
- Ashgate Croft School Careers lead and work experience co-ordinator – Richard Windle – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member of Leadership Team responsible for Careers – Georgia Middlebrook (Assistant Head – Upper School) – email@example.com
- Ashgate Croft independent careers adviser – David Shephard (Senior SEND Officer 14-25
Supported Insight Scheme
Some of our Post-16 students, as part of the ‘Supported Insight Scheme’ in partnership with DEBP (https://www.debp.org/ will be working 1 day a week at Bolsover Partnership in the New Year. As part of this programme, students created the following PowerPoint (download here) explaining the work they have done so far on the Bolsover Partnership’s website here: https://voo45.weblium.site/
Year 10 and Year 11 Information Evening
A virtual event was hosted by Richard Windle (Head of Careers Education) and David Shephard (Independent Schools Careers Adviser) on Tuesday 25th January 2022. This was an information evening to give parents and carers the opportunity to start thinking about their child’s choices for their Post-16 education. Due to the success of this evening, more events will be organised in the future.
Year 12 and Year 13 Information Evening
A virtual event was hosted by Richard Windle (Head of Careers Education) and David Shephard (Independent Schools Careers Adviser) on Tuesday 29th March 2022. A short presentation providing information for parents and carers to help families to start thinking about their children’s choices after Ashgate Croft School. If you were unable to attend this event, but would like more information, please contact Richard at school.
Due to the success of this evening, we will be organising more information evenings in the future.