Facilitating the right choices for our students is a priority at Newport Girls’ High School, at all stages of school life through to the selection of university, university course, alternative programmes such as technical qualifications or apprenticeships and the world of work.
We encourage students to start thinking about their career options early in their time here. Our careers education programme starts with establishing a strong awareness of personal skills and preferences in order to inform decisions regarding options for GCSEs and later on in the school, A level choices. Very few will have a clear idea in KS3 of what path they wish to follow so research will be needed to ensure they pick the right subjects when choosing GCSEs and A Levels. Future careers are again a consideration for Sixth Formers and staff are always available to talk to pupils and their parents about the best options. All Year 10 pupils do work experience during Curriculum Enrichment Week and Sixth Formers are encouraged to undertake volunteering opportunities or work shadowing, such as the NHS Young Volunteer Programme which is an excellent hands-on experience within the NHS for sixth months. All of these work-based experiences can help students decide what kind of career will enthuse them in the years to come.
Employability skills can be just as important as exam results and the wide range of House events, clubs, societies and trips available help them to develop these. By combining these with a broad educational base, practical experience and access to the best information and advice (including visits by outside organisations), we can ensure they are equipped to make informed decisions about their options.
For the vast majority of our Sixth Formers those options will involve a university degree, but there are also other routes available for pupils who would prefer to go into an employment- based training programme such as an apprenticeship, pursue a military career or go straight into a job. We also provide advice to pupils considering a gap year and continue to support pupils who apply after their A-Level results.
In this section of our website, pupils and parents can find up-to-date information about courses and events designed to help pupils make informed decisions about their future. You will also find information about the wide range of organisations we work with to provide additional information and support.
Head of Careers