Careers Education & Guidance

The newly refurbished CareerZone provides a hub for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance. Information about careers and courses is available on open access and the Careers Seminar Area hosts lunchtime talks. Individual pupils can seek guidance from Careers staff as they feel necessary and interviews are organised for all girls when important transition choices have to be made (Years 10-14). The Careers Adviser from the Department for Employment and Learning is regularly available to pupils for consultation. School careers staff offer a post-results advice service in August for girls in Years 12-14.

For Year 13 and for those who plan to leave school after Year 12 there is an opportunity to learn more about the career of their choice through a work shadowing placement. Year 14 pupils preparing for Higher Education or employment interviews can practise their skills in a ‘mock’ environment. The school hosts a biennial Careers and Higher Education Convention as well as talks from university admissions staff and representatives of professional organisations. Pupils are encouraged to attend workshops, conferences and open days relevant to their career aspirations.

Through Careers Education, pupils learn how to use occupational information, find out about education and training provision and about the world of work, and assess their own developing skills and knowledge in relation to these opportunities. Pupils evolve their own Personal Career Plans in the context of each transition they must make – whether to GCSE, Advanced Level, Higher Education or employment. As pupils move into the senior school support is provided through the process of application and selection process, and life beyond school is considered: finding accommodation, financial issues and settling in at university. Careers Education is delivered through various means which include careers modules, CEIAG Days, subject-based careers lessons, and the programmes in Learning for Life and Work and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.

At each level girls are encouraged to analyse their own strengths and ambitions, to research a variety of career and course options and to gain an insight into working and student life. These skills of Personal Career Planning help girls to make successful key decisions within school and to approach their career paths with greater confidence.

“Interview Skills Day for Year 14 proved very successful and beneficial to all involved. We were all given the opportunity to be interviewed by an external adviser and to observe other pupils being interviewed. The feedback we received was very helpful and will assist us in future interview situations”

Emerald Ellison, Deputy Head Girl 2012-13