Indeed everything we do in school, both in class and in extra-curricular activities, is all part of preparing our girls for their future chosen careers.
The girls are introduced to our ‘formal’ careers programme in Year 7 and then our targeted careers guidance continues throughout the rest of the girls’ time in school.
We introduce the girls to New Kudos, an on-line careers package ideal for young people who are beginning to think about their future, in Year 7.We then build on this start through Years 8 and 9. By asking a range of questions about likes/dislikes and personal skills, New Kudos creates a bespoke list of possible career paths for further investigation. Because we know that as the girls get older, their hopes and aspirations very often change, so they can access New Kudos at any time and update their personal information, as and when they change their minds!
Help and support during Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education PHSEE lessons is given to all Year 9 girls and all members of staff will advise them in class and at a bespoke Parents’ Evening as they make their important choice of subjects to study at GSCE. All girls are given a very detailed Options Choice booklet to help them decide.
Outside speakers come in to school to talk about a whole range of careers and to answer any specific questions. These talks are based on the personal experience of the speakers and are offered to all girls in Year 10 and above. These talks include careers as diverse as midwifery, retail, law, the Armed Forces and entrepreneurialism, with the girls getting a really valuable insight into all of them.
The Year 10 Symposium is a full careers day made up of talks and practical sessions. The highlight of the Symposium is a key note speaker who is always inspirational and informative. The girls are invited to come to school in smart business wear, to get the feel of being in a work, rather than school environment.
All the girls in Year 11 follow our Futures Thinking Programme which covers a whole range of study skills and related careers skills such as CV and letter writing. This programme also features careers presentations from a variety of professions. The girls also complete a Preview questionnaire and receive 1:1 advice about their personal careers plan by independent careers advisors. This process also helps the girls to make their A Level subject choices.
As work experience is becoming more and more important, indeed a necessity in many cases, we expect all our Year 11 girls to participate in at least one work placement. We work closely with local businesses, NYBEP, our former pupils network and of course the girls themselves to help them find and to get the most out of their experience. The work experience is carried out during the last two weeks of the summer term after all GCSEs have been completed.
Run through close links with local businesses, Project Acorn is a careers project which seeks to simulate as much as possible the “real world” experience of work, from recruitment and selection to appointment and training and allows you the opportunity to apply for high quality work experiences.
WGHS and QEGS run a biannual Careers Convention which is always well received and offers girls invaluable advice on a wide range of available careers, to begin 'futures thinking'.