At Dover Grammar School for Girls, the success of our students and ensuring that they are prepared fully for life in the 21st century are two of our top priorities.
The careers’ education programme at Dover Grammar School for Girls therefore aims to provide all students with a wide range of opportunities that will enable them to take their next steps to university, college, apprenticeships or into other vocational pathways. The programme aims to give all students access to impartial advice, helpful guidance and relevant literature to help them make informed decisions about their future prospects.
The programme begins in Key Stage 3 and is developed throughout Key Stages 4 and 5. Every opportunity is taken to ensure that students are guided to make choices related to future careers and work. Students are also encouraged at all times to be enterprising, for example when planning whole school charity events and community activities.
The changing nature of work, employment patterns and developments in post 16 educational provision are explored and discussed in PSHE classes. Opportunities such as external speakers, talks from former students, university visits, work experience, and our wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities also help to ensure that our students develop the necessary knowledge, skills and experiences. The school’s dedicated enrichment days help us in particular to deliver these key aspects of our careers’ education programme.
In Year 11, guidance interviews are provided for all students with Mr Malcolm Scott from CXK. Mr Scott is an independent advisor with a wealth of expertise. Mr Scott will also be available at parents’ evenings where parents and students can seek advice.
Further opportunities are provided in the Sixth Form through the school’s 3+ curriculum offer, with one pathway including the option for students to undertaken work experience placements with one or more of the school’s many external partners. This is made possible through the strong links that we continue to develop with many local and national employers in a range of different fields and industries.
Finally, there is a comprehensive careers section in the school library where students can access information about careers and further education. Students in all year groups are encouraged to use these resources to help guide and inform their future choices.