It is very important that our pupils make well informed and realistic choices about their future lives and careers. Consequently we aim to provide an effective programme of personal guidance and curriculum activities to enable them to make these choices.

We provide a planned, progressive programme of learning activities that helps our students to:
• learn about the structures, systems and factors that guide, shape and influence people’s careers prospects and career development.
• explore how these could affect their own future choices, why they need to consider them when making their own career decisions and plans and how they can do so.
• develop and practise the self-help skills they need to progress their own career plans and development, including making discerning use of careers information, advice and guidance, available at school and elsewhere.

A range of accurate, up-to-date and objective information on opportunities, progression routes, choices, where to find help and advice, and how to access it are provided. The Careers section of the school library is well stocked with up to date information and, through the Intranet, the girls have access to web-based programmes relevant to their age and requirements as well as careers web sites and also information on post 14, post 16 and post 18 option choices.

Impartial guidance and specialist support is offered to help the girls to understand themselves and their needs, confront barriers, resolve conflicts, develop new perspectives and make progress. Form tutors deliver the careers programme and ensure that it is relevant to each of their tutees and they will advise them individually as appropriate.

We consider that it very important that the girls make GCSE and A-level choices relevant to their own situation. To this end each girl has a personal interview with the Careers Coordinator and access to a fully qualified advisor.