The careers guidance service at Portsmouth High School is far-reaching and available to every pupil.
The school has a full-time dedicated careers professional, Mrs Sammy Davies, who has 15 years’ experience in commerce and recruitment. Mrs Davies utilises her British Psychological Society qualifications and Morrisby Occupation Psychology accreditation to ensure the school provides each cohort with the most relevant guidance in preparation for an ever-changing workplace.
Preparing girls for the world of work
In Years 7 and 8 pupils attend careers assemblies and can attend the World of Work Drop–in which takes place during lunchtimes. Specific and age-appropriate careers articles are also published termly in an accessible “WoW” eNewsletter cascaded to all pupils from Year 7 through to Year 11.
Careers information is offered through careers-based PSHEE lessons for Years 9 to 11. In Year 9 there is a focus on each pupil getting to know herself, what her skills are and how best to direct these through her choice of GCSE subjects. In Year 9 all pupils experience a day in a local business to see how it operates.
In Year 10 pupils are introduced to the idea of employability, skills for life and transferrable skills. They gain a greater understanding of their skills and personalities through the Morrisby Psychometric Profile at the end of Year 10.
In Year 11 careers guidance is one-to-one working from each girl’s Morrisby profile and career planner and girls have the opportunity to apply to participate in a work experience placement.
Employability skills workshops, mock interviews and having the opportunity to attend careers-specific ‘Insight Days’ form a valuable part of the Sixth Form. One to one careers appointments are regularly arranged with the Head of Careers and all guidance is bespoke and personal to each girl.
University admissions preparation is a key part of the careers service and the school works closely with admissions tutors from Oxbridge, Russell Group Universities and specialist Higher Education Institutions. Every year A Level students have their UCAS Personal Statements read by an expert in the field to which they aspire and are interviewed by the same expert to provide valuable interview experience and feedback.
Highly experienced tutors, in partnership with the careers department, provide invaluable guidance regarding potential courses and destinations and provide a sounding board for a decision making process that treats each A Level student as an individual with her own unique aspirations for her future.