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Netherthorpe School


Careers Support For Parents ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The careers curriculum at Netherthorpe has been specifically designed to give our students the opportunity to explore different career ideas, whilst considering the choices and pathways available to them at key points in their education. The D2N2 Skills Report sets out the essential evidence base underpinning the understanding of the skills demand and supply in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region. As a school, we try our best to make students aware of the trends and challenges affecting jobs and skills both locally and nationally in our careers curriculum.

Careers provision and next steps is delivered through the Personal Development curriculum as a termly topic each year by form tutors. Students also will be granted the opportunity to take part in trips and activities that allow them to engage with employers and educational providers. Please take a look at the careers curriculum roadmap below to see some of the things your son/daughter will be doing in their Personal Development Careers Journey at Netherthorpe.

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Careers Resources to Help Support your child 

As our children progress through school or Sixth Form and start looking ahead to a life after education, it can be challenging for parents and carers to know how to help them navigate the confusing world of careers and options. For many of us, the biggest difficulty is knowing how to offer support without projecting our own career aspirations onto our children. But with so much change – from new apprenticeship schemes, the corona virus, emerging technologies and the political/environmental upheaval – the school is here to help with some of the resources below.

Please see attached a pack that contains careers information and support for students and parents in year 11. It gives students and their parents an overview of the Post 16 options available, an understanding of how students can decide on the best route for them and how students can receive specific one to one current careers guidance/support. There is also a copy of the 2021 KS4 careers fair in which the school virtually invited local FE Colleges, Sixth Forms and Training Providers to speak to our student

Amazing Apprenticeships - Every month Amazing Apprenticeships create an incredible resource for parents, which is full of useful apprenticeship information and guidance.

UCAS Website – This site has got lots of resources and information dedicated to helping parents and guardians support students applying to university.

The UCAS HE Guide provides parents with everything they need to support their child with their higher education choices.

Student Finance England – If your son or daughter is applying to university, they will most likely want to apply for a student loan to help them cover some of the cost. The SFE website provides parents with information regarding how much money students are entitled to, how they can apply and what evidence or supportive documents will be required to make an application.

Start D2N2 - This website can be used to search for apprenticeships and jobs in the local area. The apprenticeships are broken down into different sectors. You can also use this website to find out which growth sectors and jobs are currently in high demand.

My Future is an app that allows parents and students to: engage in conversations with local employers and explore apprenticeship opportunities; talk to training providers to learn about the courses that are available; virtually visit post 16 institutions including colleges and universities and learn about the employment opportunities in their town. Students or parents can also request an interview with a Level 6 Career Advisor.

Send Support 

For information on pathways, progression opportunities and support services for young people with special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) please click here.

You can find appropriate services and support in the local Derbyshire SEND offer. Just click here for more information.

The What Matters Island Tool is a fantastic resource that is designed to help young people talk with their family, carers and any paid supporters to coproduce a summary Preparing for Adulthood plan.

For financial advice surrounding supporting students with SEND, please head to the following webpage. Accepting a job on benefits | Disability charity Scope UK

Work Experience Opportunities 

We are always trying to expand our database of local businesses who would be willing to offer our students the opportunity of a work experience placement either physically or virtually. If you have any work experience opportunities available at an organisation you work at for our students and would like to discuss them with us, please contact:

Mrs Rachel Cracknell (Deputy Head of Personal Development)

Contact details: Tel 01246 472220

Additional Careers Support 

Staff at the school are always on hand to help parents or carers support their children with the career or destination choices. If you feel you would like further support or information from the school, don’t be afraid to contact your child’s Head of Section or Mr N Green (Deputy Head of Personal Development) -

There are also some fantastic resources and links in the careers drop down section of both the Student and Sixth Form area of the website. These resources should help students understand the different progression and training pathways open to them at different points in their education, allow them to explore the vast array of careers and jobs available to them in different industries whilst enabling them to recognise which jobs/sectors are growing and which are in decline.  

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If your son/daughter, needs further careers support and guidance then students can book a careers appointment with the school’s careers advisor at any point. This is a one to one careers interview in which the careers advisor will provide bespoke careers guidance and support that is tailored directly to the student. To request a careers appointment, all students need to do is email:





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Ralph Road, Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 3PU


01246 472220