Mrs Rosemary Shaw
Mrs Stephanie Sterrett
Mr Stephen A Beggs
Mr Andrew Gray
Throughout the year, outside speakers regularly visit the school, both to speak to our Careers Club and to year groups. Representatives from several universities, including Oxbridge, and local FE Colleges give presentations. Students in Year 14 attend Open Days at QUB, UU and various careers conferences throughout the year. Our annual Universities and Careers Fair is attended by pupils from other schools.
Bangor Grammar School offers an extremely comprehensive service to each of our students. We believe that the best interests of our boys must be at the centre of all that we do in the Careers Department.
Careers Guidance is offered in modular form as ‘Employability Skills’ via Learning for Life and Work (LLW) or as a taught subject in Year 10. In Years 13 and 14, pupils are assigned to a Career Teacher who will guide them through preparation for university application or HLAs.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, Careers is taught as a theme throughout the curriculum, with boys encouraged to apply skills learnt in the classroom to the world of work. In Year 10, students begin to map out their career paths and follow a Careers/Employability programme. Before final GCSE choices are made, there is a Parental Consultation meeting with subject teachers which should help both students and parents to make informed decisions about subject choices. The annual Universities and Careers Fair in February will also provide information on future career paths and qualifications needed.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4, Careers is delivered through the Careers/Employability module of LLW. Some students may gain further insight into the workplace through Work Shadowing in Year 11. Placements are for two days, at the end of the school year, in a place of the student’s own choosing.
Students in Year 12 participate in a programme delivered by Young Enterprise, which will suggest possible careers and involve detailed research into careers which interest them, learning how to apply for jobs and how to write CVs, letters of application and job applications. Independent advice for all Year 12 pupils is also offered from the beginning of Year 12 by Careers Advisors from the Department for Employability and Learning. A Mock Results Day and Universities and Careers Fair in February prepare the boys for what they will face in June, provide information on courses available in universities across the UK and Ireland and what employers are looking for in prospective employees.
In Sixth Form, pupils prepare for their second Work Experience placement post-AS examinations and familiarise themselves with the process of university application (UCAS). Presentations are delivered by various universities on courses offered and qualifications required.
Year 14 is concerned with the UCAS procedure and pupils are given the benefit of guidance and advice from experienced careers teachers and DEL Careers Advisers. We hold an Interview Skills Day each November where a panel of advisors from the world of work will help prepare students for their forthcoming university or employment interviews. We also provide a presentation regarding student funding, applying for student loans, contribution to fees etc. The Universities and Careers Fair also provides the opportunity for pupils to enquire about university applications and to speak with employers regarding HLAs and career prospects in their companies.