Year Group Provision

Lower School

Thirds (Year 7)

Students have two timetabled lessons dedicated to Careers Education as part of the PDM curriculum. These sessions focus on self-reflection and introduce girls to careers exploration.

Lower Fourth (Year 8)

Students have two timetabled lessons dedicated to Careers Education as part of the PDM curriculum. These sessions introduce girls to a range of career options and the different resources available for personal research, as well as allowing individuals to reflect on career values.

Upper Fourth (Year 9)

Students have two timetabled lessons dedicated to Careers Education as part of the PDM curriculum. These sessions focus on self-reflection and how to make decisions, with particular focus on GCSE options. Students are also able to undertake self-assessment exercises and investigate what different careers involve.

Upper School

Lower Fifth (Year 10)

Students have two lessons dedicated to Careers Education as part of the PDM curriculum. These sessions allow further consideration of how to make decisions, skills and employability, and how to use labour market information (LMI) in order to consider skills, salary expectations, and the working conditions of various roles. Students also produce a draft CV, which will be developed in the Upper Fifth in readiness for work experience.

In addition to PDM lessons, all students will use an online careers profiling programme, which analyses the results from an interest based questionnaire and produces an individual profile. Girls receive results with information on top-matching career areas and guidance for future study and research, alongside supporting materials. They are encouraged to reflect upon this report and to discuss it with parents/carers. This report also forms the basis for discussions with the Head of Careers at the start of the Upper Fifth.

Upper Fifth (Year 11)

Each student meets with the Head of Careers for a 1:1 interview to discuss the results of the careers profiling, which they completed in the preceding Summer Term. The 1:1 includes discussion on A Level choices, post 18 options, career aspirations, and ideas for work experience placements.

Students attend a carousel of career talks timetabled over four sessions. Girls are able to select from a choice of three different talks from visiting speakers in each of the sessions, giving them the opportunity to engage with four different professionals over the course of the programme.

All students are expected to undertake a work experience placement during a dedicated week after the GCSE examinations. Students receive guidance and support from the Careers Department in securing placements and take part in a feedback breakfast during the last week of term, where they share their experiences with their peers and tutors. The School’s Work Experience Policy can be viewed here.

Support is given on GCSE results day around A Level options.

Lower Sixth (Year 12)

The annual University Information Evening is an opportunity for students and their parents/carers to hear presentations from visiting speakers who will share information about the admissions process for top universities, and to learn more about specific programmes of study.

Students are also encouraged to undertake additional work experience placements during school breaks, which is supported by the Careers Department and references are provided.

The Head of Careers also supports the Director of Sixth Form with sessions on communication skills and how to research post A Level options.

Upper Sixth (Year 13)

Individual guidance is given to Upper Sixth students on completing personal statements for UCAS - this is led by the Director of Sixth Form and supported by the Careers Department.

Mock interviews are given on request for Upper Sixth students applying to university or school leaver programmes. Students may request appointments with the Head of Careers to discuss general interview techniques and CV writing.

Support is given on A Level results day around the Clearing/Adjustment process, university places, and all aspects relating to applications.