Careers Service @ MGGS

MGGS broadens horizons and inspires our students to achieve their goals and ambitions

Welcome to our Careers Service

Miss Amy Hodges - Careers AdvisorAt MGGS, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) are taken very seriously. We believe that providing careers education is an essential part of a young person’s development into a young adult. MGGS students are all regularly challenged to consider their future while being aware of their skills and how they can adapt and apply these to the world beyond school. By giving our students access to information about a wide variety of possible career paths, we broaden their horizons and inspire them to achieve their goals and ambitions. My role as the schools full time, dedicated ‘Careers and Higher Education Coordinator’ is to be available for all students and parents to discuss all future aspirations, options, CVs, interview practice, apprenticeships, UCAS applications, and any other careers guidance. To assist this aim, MGGS is equipped with an accessible and up-to-date careers library with computers, careers guides, and university prospectuses. I also arrange a significant number of interactive workshops and talks from businesses, apprenticeships and universities across all the year groups to inspire our students and expose them to as wide a range of options as possible. In addition, we offer five Focus Days, spread throughout the academic year, with each year group experiencing careers themed sessions, aimed at encouraging them to think about the future, meet potential employers and practice essential employability skills such as CV writing and interview skills.

Miss Amy Hodges
Careers Advisor

Our Careers Service aims to provide students with:

  • Knowledge as to the wide and varied career opportunities available to them

  • An understanding of the labour market, including industry growth and average wages

  • Advice and encouragement for students to determine their own career path, by focussing on individual strengths and skills

  • Encounters with a wide and varied selection of employers; including interactive sessions on employability skills such as CVs, interviews and skills workshops.

Both students and their parents also value the extensive advice and careers guidance available to all Sixth Form students.

Ofsted

Examples of Careers Events throughout the School

  • Focus days with specific, targeted careers advice and guidance, tailored to each year groups careers needs and expectations; please see our careers provision map for when these occur

  • Special events including STEM week where students get the opportunity to meet specialists from Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical fields and learn about the opportunities available

  • Visits, trips and assemblies; students from Year 11 and Year 12 are invited to attend the Kent Higher Education Exhibition in March. Other trips and visits are also available and will be circulated to the students as and when they take place

  • One-to-one interviews take place with students in Year 9, Year 11 and Year 12 to discuss option choices and post 16 and 18 career decisions. Year 13 students are also given detailed ongoing support for their UCAS applications and for apprenticeship or job applications

  • Once every two years we have our Careers Fair, created in collaboration with our CEIAG partners, EBP, it is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet and talk with employers from a wide range of sectors. Previous employers include NHS, BBC, Sky, KCC

  • We also have careers education included in our Year 7 and 8 ‘Big Questions’ lessons carousel, where we use various Thinking Skills techniques to explore students’ ambitions, interests and strengths to help them determine how to make good career decisions in the future.

Our Careers Programme is updated regularly to include any new opportunities which present themselves throughout the year, all events are advertised to parents and students via email, the school bulletin, and the Careers Newsletter.

For further information about the school’s Careers policy and CEIAG entitlement programmes for our students, please contact Miss Hodges the Careers and Higher Education Coordinator – 01622 752 103 ext 436 or email amyhodges@mggs.org.

Careers Provision Map

Autumn Term:

Spring Term:
Careers Focus Day
STEM Week
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)

Summer Term:
Careers Focus Day

Autumn Term:
Careers Focus Day

Spring Term:
STEM Week
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)

Summer Term:

Autumn Term:
KS4 Options Assembly and Parents Evening
Careers Focus Day

Spring Term:
STEM Week
One-to-One Option Choice Interviews
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)

Summer Term:
Start of GCSE teaching in core subjects (all subjects in term 6)

Autumn Term:
Careers Focus Day

Spring Term:
STEM Week
Careers Focus Day
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)

Summer Term:

Autumn Term:
Post-16 Options Assembly/Evening for Parents
Careers Focus Day
One-to-One Post-16 Careers Interviews

Spring Term:
Post-16 Interviews with Leadership Team
STEM Week
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)

Summer Term:
Work Experience
Sixth Form Induction

Autumn Term:

Spring Term:
STEM Week
UCAS HE Exhibition
Post-18 Information Evening
Work Experience
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)

Summer Term:
Workshops on interview skills
Information on UCAS and apprenticeship applications
One to one careers interviews

Autumn Term:
Support with UCAS/Apprenticeship applications and interviews

Spring Term:
Ongoing support with apprenticeship applications
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)

Summer Term:

In addition, students can arrange one-to-one appointments with our full-time Careers and Higher Education Co-ordinator to discuss options, CV’s, interview practice, apprenticeships, UCAS applications and any other careers guidance. Miss Hodges can be contacted by telephone or email during term time. Each student has access to impartial CEIAG through the school’s careers programme, EPB service and our annual EBP Personal Advisor.

Careers Advice for MGGS Parents

Careers Advice - Digital Aspirations ConferenceOur Careers and Higher Education Co-ordinator is always available for guidance to parents; please contact Miss Hodges on amyhodges@mggs.org

When your child is applying for further education, it can be a very stressful time and you may wish to seek advice on how best you can support them.

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls offers two evenings dedicated to supporting students and their parents; the first is our Sixth Form Opening Evening. This is an opportunity for students to talk to subject department heads, sixth form students, the Student Leadership team, and our careers co-ordinator about what life is like at MGGS sixth form. Students and parents are encouraged to visit and talk to teachers and departments about course requirements, workload, extra-curricular activities, and any career concerns they have. Feedback from this night has always been overwhelmingly positive, and our sixth form guides are always on hand for tours and honest advice and feedback about their experiences. The second night is our UCAS evening. We encourage parents and students to attend this evening to learn about the UCAS process, what and who is involved, and how we can help and support students and/or parents/carers.

Websites & Downloads

UCAS Website
National Careers Service
Education Business Partnership Kent
Statutory Government Requirements for Careers Provisions
Provider Access Policy Statement
Careers Policy

The UCAS Guide for Parents is another very useful tool for parents/carers. It has advice and tips covering all parts of the UCAS process.

Information for Employers

If you are interested in engaging with the school to offer work experience, work opportunities such as apprenticeships or school leaver programmes, career talks or anything else employment or career-related, please contact Miss Hodges directly at amyhodges@mggs.org

I can honestly say that since my daughter has been at MGGS that her confidence has improved, she’s more likely to express her opinions and generally seems much happier in herself. She never considered going to university until attending this school, but now she is and it seems as though her future is looking more promising than ever.

Sixth Form Parent

Related Pages

Leaders of the Future
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Student Destinations
MGGS Alumni