Futures Guidance

“We’re starting to think about your daughter’s future before she is, and we’re here to provide insight and inspiration at every stage of her Senior School experience.”

Ms Nicola Kober
Head of Futures
futures@wgs.org
0161 244 1077

From dedicated careers sessions in lessons, to career focused events and conventions, we provide a range of opportunities to learn about different courses and careers, explore options and hear from inspirational role models, including Withington alumnae and parents.

Combined with information on GCSE and A Level options and invaluable insights from work experience and shadowing, we will ensure your daughter is in the best possible position to make informed decisions about her future.

And of course, all our activities are underpinned by the Gatsby benchmarks – the gold standard of careers guidance.

If you can provide any support with our Futures programme, we’d love to hear from you. We promote a wide variety of pathways available to young people, work with employers to provide meaningful experiences, and work with parents, alumnae and other supporters to arrange guest speakers and positive role models.

The Gatsby benchmarks

A stable careers programme

Our varied programme embeds careers education within subject and PSHCE lessons, Sixth Form enrichment and whole school activities, such as guest speakers.

Learning from career and labour market information

Our pupils investigate these ideas through workshops and by access to individual career-matching tools which contain up-to-date labour market information.

Addressing the needs of each pupil

We provide opportunities to find out about university, apprenticeships and other pathways through PSHCE lessons to ensure pupils know what future choices are available to them. Any pupil can make an appointment with the Head of Futures when they are ready.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Our teachers champion their subjects beyond the curriculum and we enhance the links to careers through our many extra-curricular societies.

Encounters with employers and employees

Through visits, guest speakers, mock interviews, alumnae and parent support, our pupils gain an understanding of the world of work. Our biennial Futures Convention allows pupils to engage with employers from a wide variety of sectors.

Experiences of workplaces

Pupils are supported in arranging work experience, volunteering placements and insight programmes to gain valuable employability skills from Year 11 onwards.

Encounters with further and higher education

Our pupils explore their opportunities beyond Withington by attending external open events. Our Year 12 students attend the Manchester UCAS convention and other opportunities are highlighted for them to discover their next steps.

Personal guidance

Every pupil is introduced to the Head of Futures during their first week in Year 7. Careers education is explored in termly assemblies and activities tailored to each year group. Our Head of Futures arranges one to one meetings with all pupils before GCSE and post-16 choices are made, as well as having a ‘drop-in’ policy for pupils to gain more support when they are ready to take the next step in their journey.

Results & Destinations
An Insight into Medicine An Insight into Medicine Futures Convention 2024 Futures Convention 2024 Seven Students Celebrate Oxbridge Offers Seven Students Celebrate Oxbridge Offers ‘When I think of WGS, I think of Opportunity’ ‘When I think of WGS, I think of Opportunity’ Laura Johnson KC returns to WGS Laura Johnson KC returns to WGS WGS Class Of 2023 Demonstrate Their Breadth Of Talent WGS Class Of 2023 Demonstrate Their Breadth Of Talent
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