Inspiring future pathways
The department encourages pupils to make informed judgements and effective decisions about their career and life after school choices.
The programme for careers education and guidance is centred on:
- Self-development and knowledge
Identifying personal qualities and skills, developing interests, values, beliefs and attitudes and relating personal strengths and interests to future career choices. Understanding influencing on them.
- Career exploration
Identifying and investigating appropriate pathways and opportunities that fit aspirations, aptitudes and attributes. Understanding how to access information and get the most from it.
- Career management
Taking responsibility for managing academic and career development. Checking progress, identifying goals, setting targets and making plans to enhance own learning and achievements. Planning ways of coping with unforeseen changes or circumstances that may affect future careers. Presentations and workshops on the skills required in applications and interviews.
The emphasis is very much on meeting the needs of the individual. However, there is a structured careers programme delivered from Years 7-13. Girls will be helped in this process through modules within the PSHE programme, introduction to and use of relevant computer software, and a wealth of resources in our Careers Library. As they progress through the school, the focus turns more to the individual, and each girl will have regular interviews and guidance with our full time Head of Careers. We are able to offer the Morrisby Profile and can use the COA Centigrade Careers Questionnaire to help with decisions at key times.
We host an annual Careers Convention with over 40 delegates attending from industry and universities which our Year 10 and 11 are invited to. All Year 11 students are offered the opportunity to take part in our Work Experience programme and Year 9 attend the World Skills Fair. We attend the Oxbridge Regional Conference every year and the UCAS Higher Education Fair in Manchester both for students in Year 12.
The School also works closely with other partners and is fortunate in having many willing contacts from the professions, businesses and higher education to assist in the programme.
Almost all girls normally proceed to higher education, obtaining places on competitive courses at top universities, but whatever a girl’s choice for her future career might be, she will receive personal and dedicated help and advice.
Click here for more specific information on University Entrance Support for Sixth Formers