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Careers

At TWGGS we are committed to providing an outstanding programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance activities that satisfy national requirements and enable us to address the career development needs of all our pupils, as well as raising the profile of careers education across the whole community.

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We are pleased to have achieved stage one of The Quality in Careers Standard taking into account the Gatsby Benchmarks and the DfE statutory guidance, and are working towards achieving the other stages in due course. Our Enterprise Adviser and our careers link governor work closely with the school, supported by the Careers and Enterprise Company, to provide strategic support, bringing their business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective strategy that makes opportunities with local employers an important part of our pupils' education.

All pupils in Years 8 to Upper Sixth are given their full entitlement of information about university, technical education and apprenticeships and employment opportunities within the curriculum, Enterprise Days, PSHE sessions, school trips and visits, and lunch time and evening talks.

The careers programme is attached as an appendix to the careers policy and may be found on the policies section of the website. The policy is reviewed and updated every three years, or as necessary.

Pupils and staff members are asked to give feedback on any events which have taken place, and the following year’s activities are planned taking their comments, and any parental comments, into account.

Our Careers Leader is Miss Jane Parkinson, Deputy Headteacher. Pupils are welcome to visit the Careers Room at any time, and speak to Mrs Vallely, the Careers Coordinator for information or advice. Anyone is welcome to contact Mrs Vallely by emailing careers@twggs.kent.sch.uk

The Independent Careers Adviser is Mrs Bridget Elinson, who is in school once a week. Any pupil who would like to chat to her should contact Mrs Vallely to make an appointment.

Careers Education, Information and Guidance Policy

Applying to University Through UCAS

The University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) processes applications to Higher Education. If any pupil wishes to apply to university, we help them through the process by offering the following:

  • One to one careers interviews with the Independent Careers Adviser
  • Higher Education and Careers Information Evening for Lower Sixth pupils and their parents
  • One to one progression interviews with the Head of Sixth form and with tutors
  • Personal Statement writing workshop with up to date information from a university admissions specialist
  • Presentations from outside speakers: PSHE lessons, lunch time talks, careers evenings talks
  • Support with completing the UCAS online form, replying to offers, and applying for accommodation
  • Practice interviews
  • Talks and information regarding student finance
  • Advice and guidance on A Level results day

Those interested in applying to Oxbridge, who have to meet an earlier application deadline, are supported through regular meetings with the Deputy Headteacher. They visit the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences, attend an information evening held in Sevenoaks, and are offered attendance at the Cambridge Roadshow held locally. In addition, we have visits from recent TWGGS leavers who offer advice, and from admissions tutors from the universities.

Those interested in applying for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, who also have to meet an earlier application deadlines, are supported through regular meetings with the Deputy Headteacher, MedSoc meetings, and attendance at a Careers in Medicine event held at the local hospital. They are also offered attendance at the Kent Medical Days, use of the Medic Mentor website and the Medic Portal website, as well as dedicated lunch time talks and help with obtaining work experience.

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