Careers

The Ripplevale Careers Provision

Our Careers Programme works towards satisfying the governments devised standards of a good careers strategy

The Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Careers day

Throughout the academic year Ripplevale School hold three stand alone careers day for years 7-13 to support the teaching of careers across the curriculum. Careers days give the students opportunities to engage in workshops, attend visits and invite various individuals in to speak and asnwer questions. Dressing up as your chosen career for the day can also add a more fun element.

In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 now have access to this excellent website.

Unifrog brings into one place every undergraduate university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes, MOOCs and every college at Oxford and Cambridge. This makes it easy for students to compare and choose the best university courses, apprenticeships or further education courses for them. They can also explore exciting opportunities further afield by looking at English-taught undergraduate programmes available in Europe and the USA.

Additionally, the platform helps students successfully apply for these opportunities by using Unifrog to write their personal statement, applications and CVs and guiding them through the process, allowing teachers to give live feedback.

Students access the platform by logging into Unifrog using their school secure email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone. We would encourage you to use the platform with your child so you can support them through the process of deciding their next step.

We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to truly support your child. The form code you need will be sent out in a letter January 2019 and you can sign up here: www.unifrog.org/code

For more information, go to www.unifrog.org or contact the school at; info@ripplevaleschool.co.uk

Independent Advice and Guidance

The school utilise the expertise of CXK to provide idependent advice and guidance to our students through one to one sessions scheduled throughout the year with their special educational needs trained careers advisors.

” CXK is an organisation dedicated to transforming the lives of young people and adults across the South; providing support, advice and guidance to help them find work, or move into learning or training, and in doing so improving their life chances. “

Useful Resources for Post 16-18

There are many options available for students at Post 16 and Post 18, the following links can help you when exploring your options:

Options at 16 and beyond
Kent County Council Website

Options with your subject
Prospects Website
Target Careers Website

The Complete University Guide
The Complete University Guide Website

Alternatives to University
Not going to Uni Website

Money isn’t everyone’s priority, but maybe a factor for you when choosing a degree.  Use this link to help you understand your choices in greater depth:  BBC News website (our Higher Education handout at can also help you further).

Websites That May Help with Applications

Applying for Post 16 options
Kent Choices 4 U Website

Applying for Higher Education
Ucas Website

Applying for Apprenticeships
Amazing Apprenticeship Website