Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

Careers Provision for Year 11

Dear Parents / Carers

Careers Provision for Year 11 students at Neatherd High School

Year 11 can be one of the most stressful, but exciting, school years for pupils and parents. There are not only the GCSE exams students have to prepare for, they have also got to look beyond the examination horizon and consider the choices that are available at the end of the year. This is especially important as the recent changes in the law mean that pupils have to stay in education or training until the end of the school year in which they turn 18. As a school, we want to support you in this process of making the right Post 16 choices and would like to tell you about careers provision at Neatherd.

Year 11 Interviews

In order to make students feel less nervous about their future job and college interviews, all students in Year 11 will be taking part in a mock job interview with a business professional.  This opportunity will involve your child experiencing a 15-minute formal interview with a professional from the world of work. The interviews are going to take place on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November and your child’s timetabled appointment will be issued closer to the time.

Students will need to think about which position / job sector they would like to be interviewed for and they also need to fill in an application form which we enclose herewith. Can you please assist your child in completing the form in a professional way?  The completed form needs to be returned to your child’s Form Tutor as soon as possible but by 17th October at the very latest.  The business professionals will provide feedback on the interview and the application form, so it is hoped that the whole process will help to prepare the students for their first “real” interview.

Post 16 Options Evening

This popular and very important evening will take place on Wednesday, 19th October, from 5.30-8pm.  Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to a variety of colleges and employment providers and find out more information about all the different options available for the “time after Neatherd”.  We will write again closer to the date with more details.

Careers Advice

Most of the Year 11 students will have already been seen by our Careers Advisor, Mrs James. She will continue to speak to students on a one to one basis to help them make the right choices for their Post 16 education.  If you would like to be present at the Careers appointment, please contact Mrs Broughton at school who will be happy to arrange a suitable slot for you to come in.  If you have got any queries regarding Post 16 options, please e-mail Mrs James at


It is an expectation that all Year 11 students should use for all post 16 applications and research. Form tutors will provide each student with their own username and password very soon and students will also be shown how to use the website.  Parents will have the opportunity to get some help in using it on the Post 16 Options Evening.

Record of Achievement Folder

Shortly, all Year 11 students will be given a “Record of Achievement folder”.  The folder is designed to showcase students’ certificates / achievements / feedback forms in and outside of school. The form tutor will assist with the organisation of the folder, but students have to take responsibility for it themselves. This folder is something students can show during interviews to highlight the contribution they make to school and community.

Apprenticeship Event

On the 18th January 2017 we will hold our Apprenticeship event. The event will involve providers specialising in apprenticeships and you will have an opportunity to discuss future options. Further information will be provided closer to the time.

Many thanks in supporting your child in this very important stage of their education.  If you have got any queries relating to any Careers issues, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely 

Mr R Hodges

Subject Leader for Business, Enterprise, Careers and Work-Related Learning