Careers education and guidance form part of the programme of self-awareness and development that all our pupils experience as they progress through the School. Formal contact with the Careers Department begins in Year 10 and continues through to the post A level results period. Our staff and pupils have access to the wide range of material in the Careers Library and have the support of the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO).
Subject choice, employment and training opportunities and prospects, work experience, and guidance about Further and Higher Education all form part of the programme of Careers guidance. To boost this further, use is made of visiting experts – over the years parents and old scholars have contributed their expertise. On a day-to-day basis, all members of the teaching staff are happy to give advice in the context of their subject specialism. Pupils can be assured of wide-ranging support throughout their time in the School.
Key to our approach is the focus on the individual. Students will have a minimum of three one-to-one interviews with members of the Careers Department, in order to discuss their ideas for life post-Ackworth and receive their goals. This is in addition to the sessions organised for forms and whole year groups.
Students who are wishing to apply to Oxford, Cambridge, or for courses linked to Medicine, will have an additional programme of support provided.