The school employs Mrs J Wilkinson as Head of Careers and Employability. Mrs Wilkinson holds a level 6 diploma in Careers Guidance and Development, the Certificate in Careers Leadership and was awarded Careers Leader of the Year 2018. She is a Registered Member of the Career Development Institute and as such agrees to a code of ethics and continuing professional development. This enables Mrs Wilkinson to deliver independent and impartial careers guidance to our students. She can help with choices in learning, work, courses and qualifications, jobs, apprenticeships, volunteering and training programmes.
Mrs Wilkinson, along with her other Careers work, offers one to one appointments with students. Students can find appointment booking forms outside the main library. Appointments predominantly take place on a Tuesday.
The Careers library is an important facility as it contains copies of the prospectus for every British university and resources for different career and education options. Students can access this library within the main school library.
Careers information is displayed on the Careers noticeboard outside the library and in the Sixth Form hub. Information is also on the website and twitter Careers@Pgs
Further details relating to our Careers Programme can be found on the parent/employer pages and also within the policy document. Students are continuously consulted on the provision and the impact is assessed by this feedback and the destinations that our pupils move on to. The programme is renewed annually and will be reviewed again in July 2019.
You can contact Mrs Wilkinson on 01202 605792 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Careers Convention
The Careers Convention in the Spring Term is an important and exciting event in our school calendar for students (12 – 18 years) to attend with their parents.
Our Careers Convention is a valuable opportunity for students and parents alike to explore the wide scope of career options open to them.
It is a chance to keep up to date with career prospects, entry requirements, courses of study and professional and vocational training by talking individually to those currently involved in their specialist area.
Each Year 10 girl has the opportunity of a mock interview with a real life employer. An application is made for a generic job, along with a covering letter to the employer. Applications are received by a strict deadline. Each interview lasts 30 minutes, including feedback and it is a very successful programme.
Unifrog – The Complete Destinations Platform
In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we have started to use Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 now have access to this excellent website.
Unifrog brings into one place every undergraduate university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes, MOOCs and every college at Oxford and Cambridge. This makes it easy for students to compare and choose the best university courses, apprenticeships or further education courses for them. They can also explore exciting opportunities further afield by looking at English-taught undergraduate programmes available in Europe and the USA.
Additionally, the platform helps students successfully apply for these opportunities by using Unifrog to write their personal statement, applications and CVs and guiding them through the process.
Students access the platform by clicking a link in their welcome email, where they create a password and can begin using the platform. They login to Unifrog using their email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone. We would encourage you to use the platform with your child so you can support them through the process of deciding their next step.