This may be a degree, an apprenticeship, a gap year or employment. Centigrade profiling is available for any girl who is not sure what she wants to do. Expert help is available with applications, regardless of the route, and this can continue when girls have left school, if necessary.
We produce a detailed UCAS Applications Handbook, which covers every step of the Higher Education pathway and individual one-to-one assistance with personal statements. We also offer extensive, advice, support and, increasingly, contacts for any girls wishing to follow the Apprenticeship route. Mock interviews, including MMI, are available to anyone who needs them. We have extensive links with universities all over the country and offer numerous talks by Admissions Officers through the Y12 GIS programme. Girls are encouraged to attend University Open Days in the last half term of Y12 and time can be booked out of school to do this.
In the final weeks of Y12, we run a 3-day Higher Education Conference jointly with QEGS, which includes sessions with Student Ambassadors and Admissions Tutors to work on personal statements, a bespoke day at a Russell Group University for the whole year group and, finally a day of Life Skills. This includes Self Defence, Car Maintenance, Student Finance, Cooking on a Budget and DIY!
Girls in Year 10, 11 and 12 are taken on visits and open days to both Oxford and Cambridge, including an overnight stay for prospective Y12 applicants. Past pupils who are currently studying at Oxford or Cambridge, come into school to talk to the Year 13 applicants and give them personal insight into the application and interview process.
For further work experience opportunity we run ‘Project Acorn’ where girls have to apply for a job using skills they will need in the ‘real world’. This is always very popular and incredibly valuable.
The School also has a Careers Blog Team, where Year 12 girls form their own ‘micro agency’ to design, write, edit and manage the Careers Blog. This experience is hugely valuable to any girls wishing to pursue a career in Marketing, Journalism and Design. Allied to the Blog, there is also a specific Careers Twitter feed - @WGHSCareers, run by the students.
Voluntary or overseas work experience opportunities are also available to our girls.