Careers Advice

The Careers Department at Ballard School aims to provide the pupils in the Senior School with the knowledge, skills and self-awareness to inform the decisions they are making as they plan their future life. Parents are encouraged to participate in their children’s career planning and it is planned to give full access to the online resources that are used by the school.

For the majority of Ballard pupils this will be to continue their education beyond the age of 16 by following an appropriate academic or vocational route. Approximately 95% of Ballard pupils go on to Sixth Form Education, choosing courses and sixth form education providers that are suitable to their academic abilities and aspirations.

We offer information and advice at the key decision points of year 9, when the GCSE choices are made, and in year 11 when study choices and routes for 6th form are considered. The subject choices made in year 9 and 11 inevitably have a significant influence on decisions about future career pathways and university entrance. The pupils are encouraged to research and evaluate the information available to them so that they choose to follow an appropriate route which will lead to their chosen career.

Year 9

Pupils take the responsibility for choosing their GCSE options. They are encouraged to seek information about the courses that are offered from teachers, careers literature in both traditional and web-based format and current pupils. The GCSEs that are chosen can have a direct impact on their future pathways and the pupils are encouraged to make informed choices.

Year 10

Pupils receive information on the pathways that are available to them as they consider their future employment/education post Ballard. The majority of Ballard pupils continue with their post 16 courses at a level that is appropriate to their aptitude, ability and interests. Careers advice is available from professional external providers. Towards the end of the year pupils can choose to participate in a specialist Careers programme provided by Morrisby Consultants for which a charge is made. This consists of psychometric testing and interest questionnaires.  These are analysed and presented in report form at an interview with a specialist advisor who makes suggestions for possible careers as well as 6th Form subject choices.

Year 11

The pupils receive information, support and guidance to inform their decision making to help them choose the appropriate pathway beyond Ballard. Pupils are encouraged to visit the local providers of sixth form education and application is made for a place at the institution of choice.