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All Key Stage 3 pupils gain experience and understanding of the world of work and the concepts of employability and enterprise through the taught curriculum and through workshops, seminars and team-building events.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an integral part of the school experience for every pupil and is delivered across all subject areas and in careers lessons.
Career Starter e-portfolios are completed by all KS3 pupils. This involves self-evaluation, target-setting, action planning and exploration of a wide range of careers. Pupils in Year 10 participate in an Experience of the Workplace event and all pupils in Years 10 and 12 have individual careers interviews both with our Careers staff and with the NI Careers Service. During Key Stage 4 pupils develop greater self-awareness and a deeper understanding of the range of employment opportunities available to them, along with the qualifications and training necessary. Interview skills and job application procedures are explored and pupils are entered for the Level 2 Certificate in Preparation for Working Life.
A biennial Careers Convention provides an opportunity for all senior pupils to explore career options and meet representatives of universities, Further Education Colleges and other organisations. Sixth Form pupils attend University Open Days and information seminars and meet with representatives from leading universities and colleges who visit the school. A coordinated programme of work experience is arranged for every Sixth Form pupil and each pupil has the opportunity to participate in a mock interview specifically related to her career aspirations.
Every year pupils progress to leading universities and individually tailored support is provided for them as they complete their UCAS, CAO and other applications.