SHEFFIELD Girls’ Senior School has become the first school in the city to have been awarded a prestigious national accolade for careers advice.
The leading independent girls school is the first in Sheffield, and one of a handful of schools across England, to fully meet the Department of Education’s Gatsby Benchmarks with a Career Mark Gold Award.
Carole Hall, Head of Careers at Sheffield Girls’ said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this highly prestigious national award, and to be the first in Sheffield is tremendous.
“We are one of the few schools in England able to demonstrate that we have fully met the Department of Education’s Gatsby Benchmarks, which are a measure of the provision of excellent careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students from Y7 to Y13.
“As a qualified Careers Adviser, it is a real pleasure for me to work in a school where the teachers are not just concerned about academic achievement, but are committed to supporting a range of work experience opportunities, extra-curricular clubs, enterprise education and off-timetable days, that help our students to understand the skills they will need in a fast-changing world.”
A Career Mark Assessor visited the school back in September and commended its work to continually monitor, review and evaluate the school’s approach to its CEIAG (careers, education, information, advice, and guidance) provision.
The assessor commented: “The school continues to critically explore its CEIAG programme on a regular basis, ensuring that it remains, current, vibrant, central to the school’s purpose and, critically, meets the legislative and best practice requirements.
“Sheffield Girls’ has fully met the Quality in Careers Standard national criteria incorporating the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.”
The assessor not only recommended Sheffield Girls’ should be awarded the Quality in Careers Standard provided by the Licensed Awarding Body Career Mark, but additionally, recognised the school’s long-standing commitment to career learning for students, awarding the Career Mark ‘Gold’ award.
Sheffield Girls’ offers a variety of initiatives to help its students research, plan and prepare for the future including advice on higher education, gap years, degree courses abroad, employment opportunities, voluntary and work experience placements for A-level leavers through its tutorial system and careers events programme.
Recent examples of the non-traditional paths that students have taken post-Sixth Form include studying Liberal Arts at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, joining the RAF to undertake Physical Instructor Training, and doing an apprenticeship with accountancy firm PwC.
As a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, students also enjoy membership of the GDST Alumnae Network which offers career and social connections to more than 70,000 members.