We offer a comprehensive programme which begins in Year 7 and culminates in Upper Sixth, although we regularly have former pupils returning for further advice and support.
Years 7 to 11
Careers lessons are taught as a discrete unit within the PSHE programme, including age-appropriate psychometric profiling; questionnaires and activities to explore preferred style of working and transferable skills; and an introduction to the Careers Library, including online resources and how to research particular careers and entrance routes. In Years 9 and 11, advice and guidance is given on option choices and the implication of particular subject choices for future academic and career plans. The Careers Library is open access and girls are encouraged to drop in to seek information, discuss plans, ask questions and to browse resources.
In the Sixth Form, each girl is given her own Careers tutor, who teaches her in Careers lessons and who works with her throughout the two years to assist and advise her in making decisions about her future plans. Each girl has an interview with her Careers tutor at the end of the Lower Sixth, to discuss plans and to agree an action plan over the summer break, and a further interview early in the Upper Sixth. The close relationship developed is key in helping each girl make aspirational, yet realistic, choices and is an important factor in our consistent statistics of 94% into first or second choice university and over 80% into first choice. In practice, almost all girls go on to Higher Education but the small number who choose another path are given the same care and attention in achieving their goals.