The school’s Careers Education and Guidance programme helps our pupils develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve their potential in learning and work throughout their lives.
A Careers Education programme runs from Year 7 to Year 11 and is delivered through the PSHCE programme. The programme is designed to help our pupils understand themselves and the influences on them, investigate Career and Learning Opportunities, and to make and adjust Action Plans to manage change and transition.
In Years 7 to 9 the programme focuses on understanding themselves and the influences on them and includes the use of the ‘Real Game’.
The careers programme continues in Years 10 and 11 during which time action planning and making choices for the future becomes the emphasis. During Year 10 and 11 pupils will have the opportunity to receive independent careers advice from the local North Yorkshire careers advisor. They also have interviews with the Assistant Head (Curriculum) and the Deputy Head as well as making use of careers based software accessible through the school’s intranet.
During the Sixth Form most of the Lower Sixth fill in the Centigrade questionnaire that helps them focus on suitable University courses. There are also visits to the school from relevant experts who may talk to the Lower Sixth and/or their parents. Topics include university funding and UCAS. There is also the opportunity to seek advice from North Yorkshire careers service. Plenty of individualised support throughout the Higher Education application process is offered by academic departments, sixth form tutors and the Head of Sixth Form. Pupils applying to the professions of Medicine, Vetnary Science or Law are individually mentored through the process and those making applications to Oxford or Cambridge are guided and supported by our Oxbridge Coordinator.
There is a small but dedicated section of Careers information in the Memorial Library. The section is open every day for all pupils and staff to use and contains information about various careers. However most information regarding Careers is now carried on-line and is accessible using the internet. All University prospectuses are now published on line.