From Year 10 onwards careers and career options are an important topic at Derby Grammar School, and we ensure lots of support and guidance is available to help our pupils at this crucial time.

On Wednesday our Year 11’s spent the afternoon in a careers workshop led by three external speakers – Louise Jackson of Independent Careers Advice Ltd, Surfinia Foote of ASK, the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge programme supported by the Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service, and John Collins who is a broadcast journalist and lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.

The session began with Surfinia who led the pupils through creating an account and how to search for apprenticeship and higher apprenticeship opportunities. This was followed by Louise who focused on writing effective CVs. The workshop concluded with a motivational talk from John Collins on how pupils can make the most of what they have achieved and use this effectively in writing a personal statement or at interview.

Sarah Burton, Chemistry teacher and careers lead at the School said: “Thinking about your career and where you want to be can be baffling for pupils, especially at an early age.

Sessions like this offer guidance on what is available, and importantly ensure that pupils realise the value of who they are and what they are doing, not just in their formal qualifications. Their extra-curricular and out-of-school activities bring a wealth of skills that are of real value to them in their life after school.”