Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Our vision is to nurture today’s young people and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. We strive to help our young women achieve their very best academically and personally, pursuing the best possible progression pathways after completing their education at our school.

Every student is encouraged to set their sights high for their future, nurture their gifts and make the most of their talents regardless of their background or individual circumstances. In order to help them prepare for college, university and the world of employment, we provide timely careers guidance, enterprise and leadership initiatives in school.

Through the School’s leadership specialism and our partnership with our Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Adviser, we continue to develop links with leading local employers in professions, business, industry and the public, community and voluntary sectors. We invite leading, successful and accomplished women from the community and beyond to inspire our learners to be the very best they can be.

In addition to subject related careers activities, as part of their preparations for the world of work, students participate in an Enterprise programme during KS3 and KS4. Here students have the opportunity to launch their own small businesses, and acquire skills of merchandising, marketing, sales and business organisation.  Inspirational guest speakers address our students to stimulate their business acumen during intense enterprising endeavours while raising large sums of money for local and global charities.  Local STEM providers such as BAE Systems are also invited regularly to offer students an overview of their progression pathways through interactive sessions.

Year 11 students are offered one to one independent advice and guidance interviews to explore their post 16 options with a view of pursuing their post 18 education goals.  These guidance interviews provide an overview for students and their options including Apprenticeships and information on the current Labour Market.

In Year 12, students have the opportunity to visit an extensive range of universities and participate in a residential at Oxford or Cambridge University.  Each student visits a workplace for experience and select students have the opportunity to participate in our innovative Mini MBA programme, which encourages students to hone independent learning and rigorous academic research skills, while engaging with CEOs and Directors of organisations to direct their research projects.

Each year, we hold UCAS days for students entering Year 13 in preparation for university applications.  Students are offered extensive one to one guidance with applications and are encouraged to apply to Russell Group universities.  We offer bespoke programmes for competitive admissions (medicine and dentistry) applicants and have a very successful rate of admissions for these aspirants.  This is complemented by our very exciting and stimulating Medical Society which preludes the application process for aspiring medics and dentists.

Our annual Careers Fair and Aspirations Day takes place in the summer term.  Inspiring guest speakers provide a keynote address before students explore over thirty providers from various sectors.  Parents are invited to join their daughter in exploring university stalls, apprenticeship providers, employers and voluntary services.  A wide spectrum of providers attend the fair including representatives from Rolls Royce PLC, Microsoft, Oxford University and many other organisations that support our students careers education.

Our CEIAG provision is evaluated with students, teachers and employers on an annual basis. In 2018-19, as a result of the feedback of our stakeholders, we are:

  • Improving the information provided on the school website.
  • Appointing and inducting a new Careers’ Education Tutor.
  • Improving the quality of the administration, management and communication of work experience placements.
  • Improving the delivery of careers’ education and work-related learning in each subject across the curriculum – and signpost this provision.
  • Improving how bespoke the careers’ education is and how it meets the needs of each students.
  • Involving parents more in the delivery and design of the careers’ education provision.
  • Signposting how the school’s careers’ education meets the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.
    1. A stable careers programme.
    2. Learning from career and labour market information.
    3. Addressing the needs of each student.
    4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
    5. Encounters with employers and employees.
    6. Experiences of workplaces.
    7. Encounters with further and higher education.
    8. Personal guidance.
  • Improving the support that is given to students applying for competitive courses such as Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Enhancing links with businesses and employers to support the delivery of learning across the curriculum.

To read our policy on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, please click here.

For an overview of how we provide Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance through each of our subjects, please click here.

For an overview of how we provide Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance through our extra-curricular activities, please click here.

For an overview of how our careers’ provision meets the Gatsby Benchmarks, please click here.

For our policy on enabling access to providers of education and training, as well as details on how to contact our Careers’ Lead, please click here.

Careers Education Press Releases

MINI MBA

ENTERPRISE WEEK

CAREERS FAIR

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