Our comprehensive careers education and guidance programme combines a taught element, group work and one to one support. In Years 7 students we introduce careers education. Towards the end of Year 8 we start the girls thinking about possible GCSE options.
In Year 9 students focus on goals, target setting and making choices. The girls participate in the Social Entrepreneurs project that gives them an insight into business skills whilst at the same time raise money for charity. In Year 9 students choose their GCSE options. We have an Options evening that gives girls and parents an opportunity to talk to subject teachers about their subjects at GCSE and learn more about life in Years 10 and 11. Staff meet with students one to one to discuss their potential careers choices and, therefore, relevant options.
In Year 10 we do careers testing and talk to students about their possible career and get them thinking about A level options. In Year 10 or 11 girls take the Morrisby Battery of tests and receive individual feedback. Early in Year 11 girls choose their A level options, to help this thought process we organise a Sixth Form Open Evening. Careers staff see the girls individually to look at their careers aspirations and likely option choices. Girls who intend to apply to competitive university courses are advised about appropriate work experience and courses. In Year 11 all students have the opportunity to undertake work experience in the summer term after their GCSEs have been completed.
At the beginning of Year 12 all the girls are seen individually to finalise options. In Year 12 students begin to develop their ideas on university. They have a series of sessions with their tutor and with outside speakers, some from Universities on subjects related to careers and university applications. Girls attend a Universities Fair and have the opportunity to attend a number of Open Days.
In the first few weeks of Year 13 girls are busy completing their UCAS forms and, in particular, in writing their personal statements. Tutors provide advice and support for them in this very important process. Staff prepare references to support UCAS applications.
Not every girl will want to apply to a university in the UK we can also give or access guidance in applying to the USA or Hong Kong, for example. And, of course, for girls going directly into the world of work we provide support with career choice and with completing letters of application and application forms or CVs.
We are members of ISCO (Independent Schools Careers Organisation) and can avail of their wealth of experience and their expertise.