Preparing pupils for taking their place in the working environment is something everybody takes very seriously at Westbourne.
And once again this year saw a fantastic response from employers to the effort and commitment shown by the school's Year 10s to the challenges faced in their work experience placements.
Work on placements begins in Year 9 with the formulation of ideas, often tied in with subjects that the children enjoy and, for some pupils, a possible career idea.
This then leads on to the Year 10 work experience, which is held over for two weeks in the autumn term.
From making the initial enquiry and approaching employers, through to the placement itself, the pupils all get a huge amount out of this project.
And as a result, some pupils now have regular Saturday and holiday jobs and the feedback from employers is always a real credit to the school and parents.
Careers advice at Westbourne starts in PSHE lessons from Year 8, with pupils exploring the possibilities and potential of their dream jobs.
In Year 9, a number of lessons look at GCSE option choices and give the pupils support in how to make these choices for the future.
Further careers work is done in lessons to get pupils thinking about writing a CV and a Pupil Review self-evaluation sheet of their strengths and weaknesses as well as interests and these are updated every term.
This then forms the basis of information for helping the Year 11 to complete their Post 16 application forms to schools and colleges and personal statements.
In the first term of Year 11 a full range of careers opportunities is on offer. These include a Careers Fair visit, a workshop run by the Sheffield Futures careers advisor, an Apply Sheffield advisor for pupils and parents and guest speakers.
All of these combined with the invaluable work experience, help to guide both pupils and parents in their Post 16 decisions for the future.
For more information please contact Miss F Lilley