Senior school pupils from Year 9 upwards are provided with excellent careers support, which allows them to make informed choices about their future. ISI Report 2016
The Careers and Higher Education page on the Community area of the website gives access to the
Careers News blog. This provides information on Careers events held at school, as well as details of external events, Work Experience and Insight programmes. Click here for access.
Careers Within The Curriculum
Careers Education is about finding out about oneself and about opportunities in order to make the perfect match. This is the foundation for careers provision throughout the school. We aim to enable girls to develop their self-awareness and equip them to explore a wide range of education and career options in order to make informed choices. A comprehensive package of Careers advice and guidance is available to the girls both within the curriculum and also outside normal lessons. The biennial careers convention at St. Catherine’s allows girls to speak to practitioners representing a wide range of professions.
Key Stage 3
In Lower 4 girls start to develop their appreciation of Career options benefiting from hearing a number of guest speakers. L4 Women in Engineering day took place in June.
In Upper 4 girls attend the weekly lecture. This includes a series of lectures from women working in a variety of roles and organisations, combined with research activities. Naturally there is also a focus upon GCSE option choices for which girls receive individual guidance. As a ‘taster’ for work-experience, they participate in Take Your Daughter To Work Day.
Key Stage 4
Lower 5 attend Careers lessons as part of the Life Matters rotation. During lessons they complete an independent research project exploring a variety of career paths. They also have the opportunity to take the Morrisby profile aptitude and interest guide in the Summer Term, they review their Morrisby report individually following an initial a group feedback session.
Lower 5 Enterprise Day takes place in June.
Upper 5 attend Careers lessons on a rotation. This consists of a short course which develops their awareness of the skills needed to make applications for work experience, and university interviews. All U5 girls have a one to one discussion with a member of staff, chosen carefully from a team of advisers, in order to consider their AS choices.
Key Stage 5
Careers lessons in the 6th Form are delivered in combination with 6th form ICT. Over the year girls attend an equal number of Careers and ICT lessons.
The L6th programme equips girls with information and skills which will enable them to research Higher Education options, and assist them in making informed decisions based on their longer term Career aspirations. This is achieved through a combination of Careers lessons, student research tasks, and a range of talks from external speakers. Girls are also encouraged to recognise the importance of employability skills, identifying evidence of their existing skills, as well as providing opportunities for further development within school based activities.
All Lower 6th students have a week’s work experience in the Autumn Term. Students write a report afterwards and make a presentation to their house. At the end of the Summer Term, Activities Week for the Lower 6th is designed to give them an insight into how to make a successful application to the universities of their choice.
Upper 6th are supported throughout the process of UCAS applications. Information is also provided on a wide range of topics such as Internships, Gap years, interview technique and student finance.