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Heckmondwike Grammar School

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Welcome to the Careers Department

Information for Parents

Mrs Mistry and Mrs Lawler are the school's Careers and Higher Education Advisers and are involved in the delivery of the careers education programme and provision of impartial careers guidance and advice to students. 

In-house careers provision is combined with support from a range of external sources including employers, apprenticeship training providers and representatives from other educational establishments.

See Careers FAQs sheet from Year 11 Parents Evening

See Careers FAQs sheet from Year 12 Parents Evening

See Careers FAQs sheet from Year 13 Parents Evening

If you have any suggestions regarding information you would like to be included in our Careers FAQs sheets, please email us at:

Careers Presentation from Year 10 Parents Information Evening

Useful Links for Parents 

Supporting your son or daughter through the UCAS application cycle

Help and advice on applying for student finance to support your son or daughter through higher education

Website from Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Service

Useful information on apprenticeships

National Careers Service - links for young people 

For further information and useful CEIAG links, please see the navigation bar on the right hand side of the page. 


Careers Advice and Guidance

Students from any year group who would like to discuss their career plans can book an appointment with a careers adviser by calling into the careers centre. Staff may also refer students if they think that they would  benefit from an individual guidance interview.

6th form - Students are encouraged to self refer and are recommended to have at least one interview with a careers adviser, individual guidance appointments are arranged during free periods.

Year11 students - all students are invited to have an individual careers guidance interview during the autumn term to discuss their plans and help them to make a successful transition to post 16 learning . All students are provided with a summary of guidance.

Year 9 students - during the spring term are invited to arrange an individual appointment if they wish to discuss their GCSE choices with an adviser.

Students from all year groups are welcome to use the resources and facilities and can visit the careers centre during Monday - Thursday 1-1.30pm 'drop in' sessions when staff are available to answer questions and help students to find and use information.

Students can also access free independent advice from the National Careers Service helpline available daily from 8am to 10pm or the young people section of the website. 

Parents are welcome to attend appointments by arrangement, or can contact the Careers department by telephone or e mail.

Careers Information

The Careers Centre is situated in room B.013 near the back of Swann Hall.

We have been awarded the Quality Information Standard, for providing high quality information, advice and guidance to students.

As well as housing up to date university prospectuses, our careers library holds information on a wide selection of careers and higher/further education courses, apprenticeship information and literature from professional bodies.

We also subscribe to a number of software packages where students can access impartial information to help with their career ideas. Students are introduced to these packages during their Skills Lessons.

Kudos (Years 9 and 10) is an interactive career matching programme with personalised career suggestions based on an individual's skills and interests.  Students can research careers linking to their subject choices.

Careerscape (Year 8) provides impartial information and videos on many careers, education and training options. There is also a link to related university courses.

Higher Ideas (Years 9-13) links A level subjects and career interests to university courses. The link to Higher Ideas is available on Moodle.

Passwords to the above software packages will be given during Skills lessons or are available from the Careers Department.


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

Year 7

  • 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.
Year 8 
  • 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.

Year 9 
  • Introduction to careers and information resources
  • Impact of GSCE options on future career and higher education choices
  • Introduction to HGS website
  • Individual interviews by request to assist with GCSE choices
  • Link to Which Way Now - a guide to choosing GCSEs is available on the Careers area of Moodle.  Your son or daughter can log into this at home and look at it with you.  There is a section for Parents and Carers.
Key Stage 4

  • Link to It's Your Choice - a guide to post-16 options is available on the Careers area of Moodle.  Your son or daughter can log into this at home and look at it with you.  There is a section for Parents and Carers.

Year 10
  • New for 2016/17 - Building My Skills programme throughout the year
  • Introduction to careers software packages including Kudos.
  • Identifying personal skills and careers interests
  • Preparation for individual careers interviews
Year 11
  • 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

Sixth Form
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 activities 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
To complement the careers education that we provide we have a well established programme of guest speakers from higher education and industry. Students regularly attend events at local universities and attend visits.

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 Placements
All sixth form students are encouraged to participate in the work related learning programme which may count towards the AQA Baccalaureate Qualification.

All our work placement providers are health and safety checked. Parental permission is always sought. Mrs Morton is the Sixth Form Placement Co-ordinator.
 Quality Service
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