Careers Education at Prior's Field is well established and designed to support each pupil as she prepares for university and the world of work beyond. The new Careers Library is well stocked, with computers for research and an experienced Head of Careers who organises group and individual sessions.
In the first three years activities such as The Real Game and Fast Tomato computer programmes engage pupils in debate and discussion. An Options Evening in the third form provides the opportunity for discussion with current GCSE pupils and teachers on selecting their courses. Girls also take part in the national Take Your Daughters to Work scheme.
In Upper School, fourth form girls have Careers lessons as part of the PSHEE programme. Prior's Field is a member of ISCO (Independent School Careers Organisation) and students take part in the Morrisby psychometric profiling at the end of the fourth form.
Fifth formers have individual Careers interviews which relate to the findings of their Morrisby tests and they are given timely advice on possible careers and the way forward. They are given tutor support to maximise their use of the Futurewise website. At the Fifth to Sixth Form Open Evening girls discuss A Level options with teachers and A Level students before making their decisions.
The Sixth Form have a programme of careers events which support successful UCAS applications. This includes an annual Oxbridge dinner with representatives from Oxford and Cambridge and a two day Higher Education Conference. Delivered through the PSHEE lecture programme, careers education is lively and varied with mock interview evenings, personal statement sessions, a Higher Education Convention and talks by a range of professionals (often parents) covering a variety of careers. Individual support and tutoring is provided for UCAS applications. Girls go on to study at a wide range of institutions from Bristol and Manchester to Bournemouth and The Slade. Courses range from Veterinary Science and Medicine to Fine Art, Spanish, Music and Business Management. Students undertake a week's focused work experience following their AS summer exams.
The biennial Careers Fair provides the opportunity for senior students to discuss careers with a wide range of professionals.
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