Welcome to the Careers Department

At Batley Girls’ High School we are committed to delivering a valuable careers programme to all our students as soon as they begin their Secondary education.

The careers team is headed by the Co-head teacher David Cooper with Iffat Ahmad Careers leader. The team consists with a careers advisor Julie Tipper, Careers mentor Amneet Mehat and Pamela Wood who is our Careers administrator.

Our annual whole school Careers Convention is attended by a wide range of more than 50 providers and brings together students, parents and Governors to provide a comprehensive and exciting day of research into future pathways.

This is enhanced by a number of STEM and Sports Careers Events for different year groups which are held throughout the year.

Batley Girls’ High school achieved all eight Gatsby Career Benchmarks.  The benchmark scheme was first introduced by the Gatsby Charitable foundation to define world class careers guidance for schools and colleges nationally and has since been adopted by the government as part of the UK’s Careers strategy.

In its KS3 Case Study of Good Practice, Ofsted highlighted parental involvement as a key factor and illustrated how leaders at Batley Girls’ High School use a range of approaches in Key Stage 3 to drive students’ aspirations for the future. Strategies include early careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and a system of ‘graduation’ to enhance motivation to succeed in Key Stage 3 and beyond.

We have also been awarded the C&K Careers Quality in Careers Standard. This nationally recognised award is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area of work. Our careers service is embedded in the wider life of the school and brings relevant action and assistance to each age group. We have held this award since this standard was introduced in 1999.

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. All state-funded secondary schools are “strongly recommended” by the DfE to work towards, achieve, and maintain this Standard.

Kirklees Careers Hub

The Kirklees Hub, will be made up of 35 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.

Our hub is one of 20 being established in the UK. Batley Girls’ High school together with Upper Batley High School is the lead school.

The hub will have access to support and funding to help them meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education.

The LEP who are leading the project want to engage parents and influencers on how to remove barriers to social mobility, and support schools and colleges to give valuable teacher training. The ambition is to put every young person in touch with an employer each year they are in education.

Backed by business

The new Kirklees Careers Hub is backed by business partners including Reliance Precision and Cummins Turbochargers and supported by Huddersfield University, Go Higher West Yorkshire, C&K Careers and the Mid Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce.

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

“We’re excited by the potential impact of the Hubs. If employers, schools and colleges can better prepare young people for the world of work, we’re not just benefiting the future economy, but improving prospects for thousands of young people.”

Careers Hubs are part of the Government’s Careers Strategy, published in December to improve careers education and help prepare young people for the world of work.