Careers Guidance

All students require information, advice and guidance at key times in their secondary education in order to make informed decisions about their future education and career options.

We seek to inspire all students to have the highest expectations about the careers they might enter and to prepare them for such careers. Our ultimate goal is to provide all students with the qualifications, skills and confidence to achieve lifelong well-being in their work.

WBGS has a statutory duty to provide impartial careers information, education and guidance to all students from Year 8 to Year 13. We provide information, advice and guidance to students so that they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. We also aim to provide students with real-life contacts with the world of work which can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.

The aims of careers provision at WBGS are:

  • To thoroughly prepare all students for the next stage in their education or training;
  • To promote a culture of high expectations in students and inspire students at WBGS to think imaginatively and ambitiously about their future career options;
  • To promote the value of all subjects, but to emphasise the importance of English and mathematics; above and beyond most schools, to make students aware of and provide opportunities to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and maths;
  • To expose students to a range of interactions with employers;
  • To liaise with and secure access for students to all relevant other sources of CEIAG provision, including local employers and Hertfordshire County Council Services for Young People (HCC SfYP) (formerly known as Youth Connexions Hertfordshire)
  • To manage the resources available for CEIAG such as to maximise the effectiveness of the provision.

The school's careers leader is currently Jim Macleod, Deputy Headmaster,

Tel: 01923 208900

The options and careers guidance that students at Watford Grammar School for Boys can expect in each year group is set out below.

Other ad-hoc and subject-specific services and events may be arranged in addition to what is set out below.
 

Full details about the school's policy for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is available in the policies tab.

Year 7 Career Guidance

Curriculum

An introduction to the world of work during Enrichment Week in April.

Year 9 Career Guidance

Curriculum

Skills for the world of work duringEnrichment Week

PSHE  – Transition to GCSE & Time Management

STEM Careers Day

 

Extracurricular
 

Young Engineers/ Go4Set

Lego Challenge

Employer Talks

Schedule of lunchtime talks by parents on Monday lunchtimes throughout the year

External Advice Services

Herts Services for Young People

1:1 independent information and guidance sessions

Year 10 Career Guidance

Curriculum
‘Learning to Earn’ – day for whole year

PSHE – lesson on CV writing

Extracurricular
National Citizenship Scheme

Employer Talks
Schedule of lunchtime talks by parents on Monday lunchtimes throughout the year

Testing
Morrisby Psychometric Testing (inc. assembly)

External Advice Services
Herts Services for Young People

1:1 independent information and guidance sessions

Year 11 Career Guidance

Curriculum
Programme of talks on post-16 pathways

Options Advice

PSHE – Money, employment and financial management, CV writing

Extracurricular
National Citizenship Scheme

Employer Talks
Schedule of lunchtime talks by parents on Monday lunchtimes throughout the year

Work Experience
Work experience – 1 week July


External Advice Services
Herts Services for Young People

1:1 independent information and guidance sessions

Assembly from local college on post-16 choices

Mind Skills programme

Internal Advice Services
A Level Options Evening

Advice on applications to FE

Sessions on apprenticeships and CV writing

Assembly on Apprenticeships

Year 12 & 13 Career Guidance

Curriculum
Programme of careers-related lectures across 2 years on Friday afternoons

Y12 Careers Day in conjunction with alumni association

UCAS preparation – talks and advice service


Extracurricular
Young Enterprise company programme Y12

Y12 Young Engineers (9)

Rampaging Chariots competition

Head Start – STEM  - at university

Employer Talks
Schedule of lunchtime talks by parents on Monday lunchtimes throughout the year

Testing
Y12 Morrisby Psychometric Testing (inc assembly

Work Experience
Y12 Work experience – accommodations

German Exchange work experience
 

External Advice Services
Herts Services for Young People

1:1 independent information and guidance sessions

Assembly from local college on post-16 choices

Mind Skills programme

Internal Advice Services
General UCAS advice service

Preparing Personal Statements

Applying to Oxbridge

Service for Medics