Careers Services at Heckmondwike Grammar School
At Heckmondwike Grammar School we have a well resourced careers department. Mrs Mistry and Mrs Lawler, both professionally qualified Careers and Higher Education Advisers are based in the Careers Resource Centre, providing advice and guidance and dealing with student enquiries.
Students have access to the latest careers software and an extensive range of literature.
We provide an in-depth programme of Skills Lessons, Careers Events and Presentations for students in each year group from year 7 to year 13.
The centre has been awarded the C+K Careers Quality Standard, for providing high quality information, advice and guidance to students.
Advice and Guidance
Careers Advisers are available to help and advise students in all year groups. As well as a system of tutor referral, students can also make an appointment by calling into the Careers Centre. Generally sixth form careers appointments take place during students' free periods.
Parents are always very welcome to attend careers appointments. Careers advisers are also available for consultation at parents’ evenings for years 9-13.
There is a dedicated careers resource area, open to all students during the school day. Students have access to ICT facilities, the latest careers software and a wide range of careers literature. Careers staff are always available to assist with student enquiries.
Careers Education and Guidance Programme
There is a comprehensive Careers Education and Guidance Programme for all year groups 7-11 and sixth form, which is delivered by tutors during skills lessons. Where possible, the Careers Advisers are involved in both the planning and classroom delivery of Careers Education. The main topics covered are as follows:
Key Stage 3
- Employment trends and the changing world of work - a chance to discuss and ask questions about the skills and trends needed by employers in the past, present and future with guest employers from a range of industries and professions.
- Job families - An introduction to specific jobs and careers in the broader context of job families. Students are shown how to use the Careerscape software programme.
- Introduction to careers and information resources including Kudos software
- Impact of GSCE options on future career and higher education choices
- Introduction to HGS website
- Drop In available for GCSE option queries
Key Stage 4
- Building My Skills programme throughout the year
- Identifying personal skills and careers interests
- Preparation for individual careers interviews
- Overview of all post-16 options - including further education, vocational courses and apprenticeships
- A level subject choice and introduction to Higher Education
- All Year 11 students are invited to an individual careers guidance interview to discuss their future plans
- Support for students making applications to jobs and apprenticeships
Key Stage 5
During their induction, all 6th form students are introduced to the Careers and Higher Education Advisers and the facilities and resources available in the Careers Resource Area.
In the 6th form there is a structured programme of Higher Education research. The programme is designed and delivered by careers and higher education specialists and form tutors; there is also some additional input from previous students and representatives from higher education. The programme includes:-
- Registration sessions covering all Post-18 Options
- Higher Education planning, preparation and application.
- Post 18 Progression Week - talks/tutorials/workshops
- Post-A level job search, traineeships and apprenticeships
- Job Club - practical help and advice for those seeking an alternative to higher education
Other CEIAG Activities
- Higher Education visits
- Employer visits
- Presentations given by guest speakers from both Higher Education and Industry
- Talks from previous students currently in Higher Education
- Participation in a variety of employer led projects
Sixth Form Work Placement Support
Careers staff support students with CV building and give advice regarding finding work experience and volunteering opportunities to support higher education applications and future career choices.
We aim to provide a high quality service for all our students and their families. To do so we have outlined the service you can expect from the Careers Department at HGS.
HGS students using careers services are entitled to:
- A dedicated Careers Resource Centre
- Welcoming and approachable staff
- Time given, by negotiation with tutors, to attend your careers appointments
- Qualified and experienced advisers who will provide impartial and fair guidance, information and advice on all the options available to you
- Confidentiality - private interview rooms are available
- Appropriate careers guidance and information without prejudice of any kind
- Support and assistance with higher education and job applications and CVs
- Help in preparing for higher education and job interviews
- Help and support in finding suitable work placements in 6th form
- A comprehensive careers education programme from years 7-13 (Skills Programme)
Students using the Careers Services have responsibilities to:
- Attend careers appointments on time or to let the careers adviser know if you are unable to attend
- Return loaned resources in good condition and on time
- Behave in a courteous and appropriate manner in all careers and work related learning activities
- Take the responsibility to research your own plans and ideas using the facilities made available to you
- Follow up on any specific action points suggested by the careers adviser
Comments, Complaints and Compliments
We regularly evaluate and review the services provided to students and act upon the findings of student surveys. We welcome feedback and ideas from students. Your comments (good and bad!) help us to improve our services. If you wish to comment you may contact us directly or via your form tutor. Alternatively you can post your feedback in the comments box in the Careers Resource Centre, or email email@example.com.