We place great importance on preparing students not just for further education but for the real world of work and life after Giggleswick.
Extensive careers guidance is available to every pupil at Giggleswick from Year 7 right through to the Sixth Form.
Years 7 and 8
As part of their Friday activity programme Years 7 and 8 will do a careers aptitude questionnaire that will outline careers they will find engaging and academically challenging. The programme will also include discussions with parents, staff and other visiting adults about possible career pathways and entry routes.
Careers support begins with guidance about GCSE subject choices in Year 9 as part of our Curriculum for Life (C4L) programme of lessons and tutorials. The Head of Careers also attends the parents' conferences to help advise parents about supporting their children in making informed subject choices for GCSE study.
Year 10 (KS4)
Pupils in Key Stage 4 continue to have careers advice delivered through C4L (PSHCEe) lessons. Lessons inlcude looking at a variety of career options and related higher education choices, which is coupled with study skills, CV writing and interview techniques.
The Cambridge Profile Aptitude Test is available to all Year 11 pupils and helps to assess each pupil's skill set and find careers suited to their skills. All pupils receive a copy of the Career's Directory and a Work Experience Guide and a team of experienced interviewers will undertake a 30-minute individual with each pupil. A report is then produced providing a range of potential future career oppportunities and pupils are guided on further research they may need to help make their own sixth form subject choices and develop their career plans.
Year 12 (Sixth Form)
Pupils joining the School in the Lower Sixth can take advantage of the Centigrade programme, which helps pupils choose their higher education and degree courses. For all pupils we arrange visits to University open days, including Oxbridge, and students are given full guidance on how to apply using the UCAS on-line application system. More information is available in the Sixth Form section of the website.
Pupils in Year 11 are encouraged to undertake a period of work experience and a further week in the sixth form. The School maintains a database of potential contacts in a variety of companies and professions, building on links with parents and Old Giggleswickians.