Preparing our pupils for successful and meaningful careers is a core part of our curriculum at Whitefield School.
We know our pupils are capable of following their careers of choice and we will always do what it takes to help them achieve their dreams.
We work closely with pupils and their families to explore future options and develop a path that will lead them to secure rewarding employment.
Whether a pupil moves on to Higher Education, a work placement or paid employment, we will always work with families to ensure a smooth transition.
Work-related learning in the classroom
We recognise that there is a difference between being able write a CV and being ‘work ready’. Helping pupils become ‘work ready’ means developing an understanding of the expectations and responsibilities that a job brings. To prepare pupils for the world of work, we provide numerous opportunities for them to take on roles of responsibility, for example as Classroom, PE and Library Assistants. Pupils also have regular opportunities to engage in mini-enterprise projects whereby they make products and sell them at end-of-term celebrations to raise funds for future projects.
Through our World of Work programme, our post-16 pupils also participate in a six-week unit away from the classroom during which they visit a range of different working environments and complete a set of tasks around school. This programme seeks to develop important employability skills such as teamwork, communicating in the workplace, problem solving and decision making.
Work Experience in the local community
Year 12 pupils are given the opportunity to develop their employability skills by undertaking real-life supported work experience placements within the local community.
Our teachers work closely with employers to ensure the placements are tailored to meet pupils’ individual needs.
Throughout these placements, we encourage pupils to be as independent as possible.
Waltham Forest Careers Service
We work closely with Waltham Forest Careers Service to provide face-to-face and over the phone advice to pupils and their parents on all aspects of workplace training and employment opportunities. We also encourage pupils to access the National Careers Service which provides over-the-telephone and online careers services to 13-18 year olds:
For further information about our careers programme, please contact our Careers Leader below.
Learning Outside the Classroom
Whilst it is important that pupils learn within a familiar environment, we are keen to enhance their learning experience by giving them as many opportunities as possible to learn outside the classroom.
We make full use of our spacious grounds and excellent facilities in order to bring learning alive for all our pupils. Pupils also benefit from regular visits to our allotment, the swimming pool and local leisure centre.
Likewise, we offer a range of educational trips and short term residential visits. These experiences
are invaluable in helping pupils develop their sense of independence, strengthen friendships and
learn new skills.