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Early Trust pupils were among the first women to obtain university degrees and to enter the professions. We maintain this pioneering outlook in the wider context of the opportunities that exist today.
Most girls go on to university before undertaking further training for their chosen careers. At the school, students have access to a Careers Library and a Careers gateway with relevant websites stored on the GDST portal. Girls are offered internal careers guidance by the Head of Careers and pastoral staff through individual interviews. External careers guidance is provided through the Cambridge Occupational Analysts and through Connexions.
Careers education and guidance is offered through the school PSHE curriculum for Years 7 to 13.
In Year 7 girls are introduced to the Careers Library and complete research on a chosen career to familiarise themselves with resources available. In Year 9 girls explore option choice and participate in the 'Take Your Daughter to Work Day'. In Year 9 girls participate in a Careers Talk afternoon and from Year 9 upwards girls can participate in the Careers Librarian’s Award as part of Duke of Edinburgh Service. In Year 10 and 11 girls participate in the National Westminster Bank Money sense Programme. They attend a workshop on writing CV’s, letters of application and completing application forms. At the end of the year girls complete the Cambridge Occupational Analysts Preview Test and receive an individual copy of careers directory. Girls are given the opportunity to visit a university and sample student life. Girls and their parents are encouraged to attend the Year 11 information evening where they will learn more about careers education and guidance offered to them in order to make informed post-16 choices. In Year 11 girls receive individual interviews with an external specialist careers advisor, as well as a work experience interview with the Head of Careers. Girls participate in a mock interview day. They are given the opportunity to complete work experience at the end of the year.
In Year 12 girls sit the Centigrade Test and have individual careers interviews with an external specialist careers advisor. They receive an individual copy of degree course descriptions. Girls and their parents are encouraged to attend the Higher Education Evening at the start of the year They participate in a day of higher education shadowing at London University colleges. They attend a UCAS exhibition and have two days in school to complete their UCAS application forms with support. Girls are supported in work placements they may wish to pursue in career areas such as medicine, teaching and foreign languages. Girls are encouraged to attend higher education open days, summer schools and taster days.
In Year 13 girls submit their applications for higher education and employment
Career Mark Award
Blackheath High School gained the ISCO Career Mark award was gained in 2007 and the Connexions Career Mark Award gained in 2011.