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Quality in Careers Standard

We are thrilled to announce that Etone College has been awarded the Quality in Careers Standard.   This means that we join an elite group of 166 secondary schools & colleges accredited in the UK, in holding this award. We are especially proud to be the only accredited school in Nuneaton and the only secondary in the Warwickshire area.

By holding the national Quality in Careers Standard, our parents can be assured that we provide pupils with careers support which is of the very best quality.

To achieve the national award, our Careers programme and support has been assessed by the awarding body in line with the rigorous criteria set. Assessments are made against national assessment criteria, fully incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Careers Guidance” and schools are tasked to evidence how their careers programme positively impacts their pupils futures. 

As holders of the Quality in Careers Standards have also shown that our careers provision:

  • has strong leadership and overview from the Head Teacher, the senior leadership team and the governing body
  • has effective training for staff involved in planning and delivering the careers programme
  • is inclusive of all pupils and students

Employers, as well as further and higher education providers, must be involved in the programme to increase students’ understanding of a wide range of options, routes and providers of apprenticeships, internships, colleges, and universities.

Although we are of course very happy to share this achievement we have always strived to offer the best careers guidance to our pupils, regardless of circumstance.

If you would like to discover more about our fantastic careers provision please check out our careers page here: https://matrixacademytrust.co.uk/careers/etone-college/


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Etone Careers Fair 2022

On Thursday 17th March we were overjoyed to welcome over 20 local employers, colleges and universities to the first post-pandemic careers fair at Etone College. Across the day all of our pupils had an opportunity to go around the stalls and gather information, ideas and of course the occasional freebie in order to support them in considering their next steps when they move on from Etone College.

All year groups from our Year 7’s at the start of their Etone journey to the Year 13’s who are nearing the end, engaged in the festivities as they found out about careers and paths in a wide variety of industries and subjects including:

  • RAF
  • Careers Hub
  • Etone College Sixth Form
  • Army
  • Nuneaton Fire Service
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Royal Navy
  • Coventry University
  • Birmingham City University

It was especially good to see one of our Etone alumni in Sam Evans, who returned to host the Careers Hub stall during the event. Sam who completed his GCSE’s in 2019 has shown resilience, despite the pandemic, as he nears the end of his apprenticeship and is on his way to becoming a qualified radiographer with the NHS. It just shows that hard work, dedication and self-belief have led to Sam being able to achieve his dreams. Sam was also kind enough to reflect on his own experiences as a pupil at Etone. “The advice that I got from the school was really good. It helped me understand the path I wanted to take, what decisions I had to make and have a clear focus moving forward. I knew exactly where I was going to go and when to make sure I get the career I want.” We wish him all of the luck Etone has to offer and a very successful career.

Finally it was great to have a returning visit from NCS (National Citizen Service) who hosted a stall to showcase what they do. Nearly 50 Etone pupils have already signed up for their summer residential programme with more to follow in the coming days.

As always we see the value in guiding pupils towards the careers as early as possible to ensure they remain strong in a competitive job market. If you would like to find out more about our career support at Etone check out this link: https://matrixacademytrust.co.uk/careers/etone-college/

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Parent/Carer Support Sessions

At Etone College we are committed to developing a partnership with parents/ carers and supporters of our pupils that shares mutual respect and the shared aim of ensuring our pupils progress in everything they do.

With the start of the New Year we have been so excited to welcome our parents and carers into school for our Parent/ Career Support Workshops. The goal of these workshops is to look at one element of school life in each, and consider how best our pupils can be supported both in school and at home.

On Wednesday we began this journey with our first session on Supporting your Child with Reading and Homework. Over the course of this session attendees were introduced to some key strategies to encourage children to read, develop their writing and build confidence in their oracy skills. In addition there was an opportunity to share some of the principles behind homework at Etone College. With those present taking part in discussions around how best to tackle homework at home and get pupils to see the value it holds.

Throughout the session those attending were able to ask questions, discuss ideas and access support from the homework and literacy leads. Following the session all parents and carers were extremely positive about the experience and are eager to return for our next session.

In a post pandemic world it has never been more important for schools and home to communicate and build a strong relationship built on the shared goals of supporting pupils to succeed in all they do. We at Etone are really looking forward to growing these sessions and to seeing even more friends of Etone in the coming months.

The next parent support session is set provisionally for Wednesday 2nd March and will be on Helping your Child Revise, with a focus on KS4. Please follow the link below to book your place: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hVh-eMTdU0Wnv6udzkyo6k_N3mOHCk5AtdvBJjJr4MBURFA4S09FQ05NVEtRQ1lZV1RNUkZOUTVXNC4u


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Warwickshire Police Cadets

Warwickshire Police Cadets is a volunteer scheme for young people who wish to be part of a programme that offers an opportunity to gain a practical understanding of policing and develop their spirit of adventure and good citizenship.

Recruitment is open from 1st January to 28th February 2022, the application form can be downloaded from Warwickshire Police website from 1st Jan 2022. To download the application go to Warwickshire Police website, press the career tab and then the cadet tab to download the application form.

To be eligible to become a Warwickshire Police Cadet you must live or go to school in Warwickshire and be aged 13 to 16 years old on or before September 1st 2022.

The aim of the scheme is to support Warwickshire Police’s strategy of engagement with young people throughout the force area.

Cadets support local policing priorities through volunteering, working with partner agencies and positive participation in their communities.

They take part in a variety of activities including self-defence training, law inputs, marching, fitness, team building, role playing and Outdoor events.

Cadets can gain an insight into police life through talks by guest speakers from different departments and agencies and by taking part in local community policing events.

Police cadets are a family where discipline, friendship and team work are all important.

If you become a police cadet, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that as a young person you are making a difference to your community and developing yourself for any future career.

In return we ask you to commit to attend the weekly meetings and commit to voluntary hours per quarter.

We have two units in Warwickshire, one in Nuneaton that covers North Warwickshire and one in Leamington Spa which covers South Warwickshire

The junior cadet scheme is for young people aged 13 to 16 years still at secondary school and a senior cadet scheme is for young people aged 16 to 18 years. To apply to become senior cadets you must currently be a year 11 student when applying and would be a cadet for 2 years, whilst you continue in further education.

Seniors Cadets aged between 16 to 18 years old meet every Thursday evenings in Nuneaton between 6.15 pm and 8.30 pm, we also ask that you do 3 hours volunteering per month as part of the scheme.

Junior Cadets aged between 13 to 16 years old meet every Tuesday evening in Nuneaton between 6.15pm – 8.30pm.

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Careers Ambassadors

Last week our Year 8 ambassadors collected their bronze certificates for completion of training with the careers hub. Year 10 also collected their silver certificates. A massive well done to you all!

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NCS This Summer?

All the info you need to grab your spot is on our website…just follow our QR code! But here’s a quick run down in case you can’t wait:

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You know that buzz you feel when you nail something you thought was near to impossible? Imagine that, but for every day you’re with us. Throw in meeting a new crowd and still having some time to recharge and chill. Pretty great, right?

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Student Careers Ambassadors

On Monday 15th November our year 8 Student Careers Ambassadors took part in their first training session with The Careers Hub. During the course of the morning the pupils were busy developing the skills required to fulfil their roles as an ambassador. The session on Monday focused on understanding the Gatsby Benchmarks, a set of 8 key elements which when followed provide a clear framework for careers progression for pupils, along with developing confidence and skills with public speaking. 

The pupils found the sessions really engaging and enjoyed every minute of it and are eager to put the training to the test in the coming weeks. The Careers Hub is an Organisation that helps schools across Coventry and Warwickshire by providing training, support and guidance to pupils.  ​Working in partnership with Etone, they have been into school for Careers Day, enrichment and continue to provide careers guidance along with our Etone Careers team and additional external providers. 

The Student Careers Ambassadors carry out a valuable role for our pupils in providing support to their peers, concerning careers and next steps advice as well as being shining examples of who an Etone Learner is showing the Employability Skills and Etone Values that encompass the school.

We look forward to the follow up training session where our Ambassadors will be looking at Career Goals and supporting others. 

Thank you to the Careers Hub and a big well done to all of our Ambassadors who will continue to receive rewards, including house points for the work they do. 

If you would like to find out more about Gatsby Benchmarks or the Careers Hub please visit their websites:

Careers Hub: https://www.cwcareershub.co.uk/

Gatsby: https://www.gatsby.org.uk/uploads/education/gatsby-careers-4-pager-updated.pdf

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Careers Day 2021

For the final day of term we were able to host our annual Careers Day. Over the course of the day pupils across all years have had the opportunity to take part in activities that; prepare them for those next steps, consider the possibilities within careers and develop the key Employability Skills and values which are paramount to being an Etone Learner.  Pupils were able to enjoy workshops from Coventry University, Severn Trent Water, RAF, Albany Theatre Group, Coventry Fire Service, NWSLC, Etone Football Academy and ASK along with sessions prepared by our Etone Careers team.

The feedback from students has been extremely positive and they have all indicated that they have lead to them thinking about their next steps. Similarly the external providers were extremely impressed with Etone, our culture and most importantly our pupils with one presenter stating “The pupils at Etone are so polite, considerate and eager to think about their futures.

It has been a real pleasure and we can’t wait to come back next year!”The day showcased our Employability skills and allowed students to link these skills to future careers. Have a great half term!

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Enrichment Week

Students have taken part in a week long extravaganza of events.  Its has been great to see happy and engaged learners taking part in workshops and talks.  We have had sessions such as Sports with West Bromwich Albion, Army team building, rocket firing with the navy, RAF talks, Visits from universities and ASK apprenticeships.  It has been great to see all of our students engaging with employers and HE providers and has been a really exciting time and a perfect end to the year.  

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Covid Safe Careers Day!

On October 22nd, 2020 we held a Covid safe careers day event.  Several outside speakers attended following all guidance to enable our students to have access to a variety of careers and HE and FE providers.  Key Stage three students took part in a variety of events including a STEM activity, which was well received and a business design challenge.  Thank you to Marriott Hotel group and Willmott Dixon who delivered bespoke sessions on the day.

In Key stage 4, we enabled students to explore apprenticeships, careers in the armed forces and uniformed services as well as the RAF.  Students also attended a session about the sixth form at Etone and various colleges in the area.  By popular request, the Landscape gardener also attended and visited groups during the day. 

Sixth form students had the opportunity to explore apprenticeships and HE.  The football academy met with football managers and people within the sport. 

Think higher and the careers hub were also in attendance to enable selected students to continue with their training. 

Feedback from employers and students has been positive.  Employers have complimented us on the safety aspect and the engagement of our students.  The students themselves stated that the day was informative and has helped them think about future carers and the links between our employability skills and the careers they may wish to follow.   The Careers Hub is using Etone as an example of good practice in the current Covid pandemic and we were all delighted to still be able to provide our students with some hands-on experiences of careers. 

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