We have had a career-focused week this week at St Catherine’s. Firstly, the girls in Year 11 were given a talk by the Head of Sixth Form about the choices they are facing. The girls were told about the subjects which are preferred for particular courses, and were given a demonstration of the JED Jobs and Higher Ideas careers software that we subscribe to in school.

This software allows the girls to search through a range of careers and courses so they can see which best fits their needs. The girls were also given a head start for UCAS preparation by being given hints about how to go beyond the specifications, for example by looking at university reading lists, completing MOOCs or attending evening lectures at universities.

Year 12 completed their ISCO career questionnaire this week, and this allows them to receive a personalised report about their strengths and how these relate to potential careers. In February, they will meet with a Careers Advisor for a 1:1 interview to discuss potential pathways. At the same time, Year 13 were given mock interviews by the Rotary
Club – essential preparation for university interviews as well as for gaining an internship. Northumbria University also held a drop-in clinic here, where girls could ask for help with their personal statements or ask any questions they wanted to ask about university life, including student finance.

Last, but certainly not least, university offers are flooding in, even though the final deadline is over a month away. All of the girls who have applied so far have received offers, and many of these are from prestigious universities. As a small sample, girls have received offers for Biomedicine at Kings, Biochemistry at Bristol, Bath and Warwick, Economics at Nottingham, Languages at Bristol and Natural Sciences at Exeter. Girls have received offers for a very wide range of subjects, from Quantity Surveying to Nutrition, Interior Design to Finance. It is a very exciting time!

Miss Bellerby—Head of Sixth Form