Careers

Our purpose is to excite students about their future aspirations, to inform them of the range of opportunities available, and to provide the means to explor them. We also aim to help girls be aware of the opportunities afforded by digital technology and AI in a changing career landscape, and the opportunities and different ways of working generated in a post-pandemic world.

KEHS girls are brimming with potential and ambition. Our Careers Department is here to equip them with the skills necessary to explore, plan, and begin their career journeys. It is expected that girls will grow in confidence, exploring a range of careers and making choices as they progress through the school. We aim to support them in becoming proactive, reflective, and resilient as they strive to find their career path.

The Careers Room offers a well-resourced space for girls to research ideas for their futures and discuss them in 1:1 meetings. All students, from any year group, are welcome to book appointments with Mrs Quigley during recess and lunchtimes. Older girls are also able to book appointments during their study periods. We offer a varied programme of careers talks, higher education sessions, and careers events throughout the year. Girls are also supported in finding valuable work placements, which are often their first experience of the working world.

Good careers guidance widens pupils’ horizons, challenges stereotypes, and raises aspirations. It provides pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life. Summarised below are the main activities relating to Careers Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance (CEIAG) at KEHS, which take place in each year group.

As well as the specific provision detailed, there is a programme of regular lunchtime careers talks and workshops, which are open to all students. These sessions range from speakers from a variety of professions/areas of study to more practical sessions including CV writing, gap year volunteering, and information about student finance. The biennial Careers Fair is an event which offers students insight and advice into a wide range of career paths and professions. This is also an opportunity to learn about competitive apprenticeship and school leaver programmes, such as that on offer at PwC. It enables us to showcase our developing links with global, national, and local businesses, in addition to the insights offered by parents and an extensive alumnae network, who are committed to sharing their expertise and experience with our students. Students are also invited to attend the annual University Fair hosted by King Edward’s School (KES), and the biennial Study Abroad event hosted by KES and KEHS in turn. Aimed at the Sixth Form in particular, a series of Networking Events held jointly with KES are an opportunity for students to hear from professionals in specific industry areas, to learn from their career journeys, and to seek advice and informally network. Assemblies around careers in general are given to the Lower School and Upper School.

The Careers Department has invested in a careers software package to make it more convenient for students to carry out independent research into future jobs and study options in school and at home. All students are provided with their own individual access and are able to tailor this to create a personalised resource based on their interests, and to keep a record of their activity.

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Year Group Provision

The Head of Careers supports events for students in ‘decision making’ years as follows:

Sixth Form Open Evening: able to speak to current Upper Fifth students and prospective students to the Sixth Form regarding careers provision and A Level options (Autumn)

Lower Sixth Parents’ Evening: available to speak to students and parents/carers about post A Level options on an individual basis (Autumn)

Upper Fourth Options Evening: how GCSE options links to future study and career paths (Spring)

Upper Fifth Parents’ Evening: available to speak to students and parents/carers about A Level options and work experience on an individual basis (Spring)

Upper Fourth Parents’ Evening: available to speak to students and parents/carers about GCSE options on an individual basis (Spring)

Students are regularly asked to give their input, which feeds into planning for future careers events and year group specific talks. We welcome input from parents and encourage discussion around future planning at home.

Guide for Parents and Carers

Developing Skills

Post-18

For further information about the careers programme please contact:

Mrs Laura Quigley

Head of Careers

careers@kehsmail.co.uk

0121 472 1834 (ext. 2017)

Provider Access Statement

Careers Policy

Sixth Form September 2021
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