Careers provision at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School follows the guidelines set out by the Department of Education.
This ensures a comprehensive programme of Careers Advice is delivered, commencing in Year 9, to ensure pupils make a reasonable, informed choice of GCSE subjects, and continuing through Years 10 and 11 to support pupils in preparing for the next stage of their education and chosen career path.
This extensive programme aims to cover the following:
1. Provide in-house support for pupils combined with advice and guidance from independent and external sources.
2. Work in partnership with local employers, education providers, colleges, universities and apprenticeships.
3. Provide the opportunity for pupils to meet a diverse selection of professionals from varying occupations.
4. Offer pupils the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills, with a thriving Business Enterprise programme which then leads into the sixth form LEAP programme where pupils are able to set up their own company for a school year.
5. Encourage participation in community volunteering through the NCS. This also continues into sixth form with participation in the Community Volunteering Programme.
The school works in partnership with Aspire-i, an external careers advisory organisation which works closely with schools and colleges to provide impartial, professional careers advice and support for students.
In Year 9 pupils will have an initial meeting with an independent advisor from Aspire-i, who will then develop a personal, tailored Action Plan for each pupil which will cover the period from Year 9, through to joining sixth form.
The Action Plan will include guidance and advice specific to the individual pupils’ interests, aspirations and capabilities.
Progress through the plan will be monitored and revised with further individual careers interviews with independent advisors throughout Years 10 and 11.
At the end of Year 11, pupils will be given access to a broad programme of work experience opportunities. They are able to choose from a diverse selection of professionals from varying occupations, supplied by Bradford Local Authority. Pupils complete one full week of work experience at the end of the academic year.