Heathfield School offers timely careers guidance to students from Form I to the Upper Sixth.
In Form I, girls have a structured, individual interview with a member of careers staff. This takes place in the Lent term, once the students have settled into the school and boarding life. The aim of these interviews is to encourage girls to focus on subjects they enjoy, their interests and in order to get to know them.
Girls in Form II commence a process that provides independent careers advice. This is a well-respected service that focuses on identifying interests, possible future industries/careers and potential GCSE options. As an external service, this meets the statutory duty of providing independent advice. The resulting reports are reviewed with the students in an individual interview with a member of careers staff.
The profiles are refined or updated as the girls progress through to Form III and meet to discuss their GCSE options in an individual interview with a member of careers staff. In addition, we hold an Options Fair at the School, where girls speak to the teachers and heads of departments about the different GCSE subjects offered.
This independent service is then extended in Form IV girls to include aptitude and psychometric tests that measure natural strengths and weaknesses in key areas in order to target education, career and, therefore, potential A Level options that present a good match. As part of this process, girls have a one-to-one meeting with an independent Careers Advisor who interviews the girls.
Form V girls collate this information to help inform potential careers, degree options and relevant A Levels.
Forms LVI & UVI are overseen by the Sixth Form office, which helps them focus on the A Levels they will require to access certain degree courses or careers.