Information for Parents
A child is never too young to be thinking about their future plans and aspirations. Students who have clear personal goals and career ambitions are more likely to make progress in school, attain good exam results and secure an appropriate pathway to a fulfilling and happy future.
Aspirations and career plans may develop and alter significantly between year 7 and 11 but having an on-going dialogue about possible higher education and career choices can improve motivation, enthusiasm, increase aspirations and develop goal for all students.
There are some very simple and practical steps you can take to support your child.
- Talk to your child about their current educational attainment and estimated grades and encourage them to aim high (the skills shortages of the future will be in higher level jobs).
- Discuss where they want to be and research how to get there (there are lots of great resources in our school careers library and in the careers section of our school website).
- Use the links below and also on the 'Useful Links' section of our school website.
- Encourage them to seek out the advice and experiences they need to help them achieve their goals.
- Help them with the steps they need to take.
- Encourage them to seek out their own work experience in the year 10/11 summer holidays.
Together with a range of career professionals, businesses and training providers we will support your son’s/daughter’s career development in a number of ways including:
- Information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help them make decisions about their future
- Activities and events such as employability days, mock interviews etc.
- Access to careers advice in a variety of ways including individual meetings with our Independent Careers Adviser, drop-in sessions, enrichment activities, parents and option evenings and on results days.
- Appointments with our Careers Advisor usually take place in years 10 and 11. You are welcome to attend your child’s appointment with our Independent Careers Adviser. Please contact Jill Monk or Lisa Gratton if you need any more help or information.
- Careers information and computer-based careers programmes.
- Information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens, our school website and Twitter.
- Follow us on Twitter at @HHCareersDept
Here are some resources which you may find useful in supporting your child. Please check back regularly as this will continue to be updated.