Year 9 is an important year for student choices around careers and during this period pupils are supported to ensure they make the most informed decision on GCSE option choices. In RPSE students cover a unit of work that involves them exploring careers options and developing a CV to help them identify the skills they have for the labour market. To help support the option process students are given an information booklet provided by C&K Careers and the NHGS options booklet contains information on the careers that are most commonly pursued after studying each subject. Parents and students are also given information on options during the Year 9 Parents’ Evening and a member of C&K Careers staff is available to discuss issues further.
All pupils at NHGS receive regular careers information and direction from their form tutors during conversation in form time. All students at NHGS receive up to date information on the local labour market through an assembly delivered by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
Students in Year 9 also get a taste of higher education study through visits to either Leeds University or Huddersfield University during Activities Week. In addition to these visits pupils engage with employers through events such as the women in STEM careers assembly, the Medicine and Health Taster Day at Leeds University and the Make it in Manufacturing event at Dean Clough.
There are lots of extra-curricular activities that allow students to develop their careers and enterprise knowledge and skills in Year 9. These include the CAD and CAM Club and debating.