Careers Programme

Careers Programme


At Godalming College we recognise the importance of goals and progression for our students.  Our Careers Programme is designed to maximise the opportunities for students to explore options whether they are initially clear on their career goal or not!  Guidance is one of our core Strategic Aims:  To provide high quality support and guidance, focusing on individual needs, interests and abilities, enabling students to confidently progress onto their next step beyond College.

Our team of highly experienced Careers professionals support and guide the teaching teams in high quality provision of careers information using tools such as Unifrog to help students explore all progression options and make the best choices. Specifically, we aim to help students understand themselves, to develop the knowledge and skills to investigate opportunities in learning and in work and to manage transitions in learning, progressing into appropriate pathways of further and higher learning and work. We support applications for a whole variety of applications for further education, higher education, specialist courses, apprenticeships (including degree apprenticeships) and employment.
We offer support to students who wish to apply for competitive specialist courses and degree courses which have additional requirements to the standard application process; this includes applications for Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Music, Art and Drama.  Extra requirements can take the form of entrance exams, aptitude tests, portfolios, interviews and selection days.  This support takes the form of additional timetabled sessions, of one to one support and guidance in subject areas and one to one support for applications through the personal tutorial Shaping Futures programme.

All students have the opportunity for impartial advice and guidance from qualified Careers Guidance Professionals as well as ongoing support from subject teachers, personal tutors and senior tutors.  All students also have the opportunity to access support for work experience.

In addition to the programmes below, students have access to a variety of presentations and meaningful encounters with employers, universities and gap year organisations both in College and by attending external careers events.

Our Careers Lead is Carol Horlock, Assistant Principal, who is responsible for strategic direction supported by Christine Hudson, Head of Careers as the lead for CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance). They can be contacted at careers@godalming.ac.uk  

Pre-enrolment

Year 10 and 11 Open Evenings, Federation Careers Day, School Liaison events, Course Advice Sessions, Going to Godalming (Taster) Days

 

 

Access one year course

Year 1

Year 2

External events

Term 1

Enrolment interview Individual tutorials Study and work skills: Time management, Online reputation, building resilience, selling yourself

Enrolment interview Individual tutorials

Getting started

Getting involved

Reflecting on transition

Reflecting on performance

Independent learning techniques

Individual tutorials to discuss applications / destinations

Third Student Review Applications, CVs, personal statements

Employability skills

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

University applicant days

 

 

Term 2

Individual tutorials Study and work skills: Interview success

Careers Options: Careers planning, job search, Unifrog, CVs, course research, re-application to 6th form, careers interviews, HE possibilities, Apprenticeship show

Individual tutorials

First Student Review

Introduction to Careers

UCAS Convention

Job & Apprenticeship Fair

National Careers Week

Next Steps Evening for parents

Individual tutorials Interview practice, Student Finance

Gap years Fourth Student Review

Social media job hunting

Personal Finance

Independent Skills for Living

Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair

 

 

UCAS Convention

 

 

National Apprenticeship show

Term 3

Individual tutorials

Individual tutorials to discuss applications / destinations

Second Student Review

Learner Voice

Personal Statements and CVs

Future Fridays programme of Careers talks and workshops

Individual tutorials Learner Voice

Results and Beyond

University Open days

 

 

 

Post results:

Post results service: results and careers support, destinations follow-up


Students in the piazza

Memorial Project revealed to mark Armistice Day 2019


The College held an event to mark the reinstatement of the College Second World War Memorial, as well as eighty years since the outbreak of the Second World War and 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Current Godalming College History students presented their findings from their research into those students listed on Memorial, who left the then Godalming Grammar School, to go and fight but never returned.  

In a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Godalming Penny Rivers and the Mayor of Waverley Mary  Foryszewski plus Old Godhelmians, the students talked about their research which was initiated by a visit to the College by Gwen Comerford in June. Gwen attended Godalming Grammar School in 1930 and knew many of the boys who went to war. 

History student Kat Steel reflected on the research: “To hear from Gwen as people she'd known and grown up with - and to see how their suffering during the war still shook her was a harrowing experience. To learn about these people otherwise forgotten by history was truly an experience which will continue to inspire the memorial project, to remember these young men who'd once lived and learned in the same place we do today”. 

The guests moved into the Piazza for a two minutes silence which was marked at the beginning by the last post and ended with the reveille played by student and trumpeter Ben Wili.

Hundreds of students and staff came out of their classrooms to mark the silence together. Penny Rivers, Mayor of Godalming said ‘It is an honour to have stood with students and staff of Godalming College to hold the two minutes silence at 11:00am on 11th November 2019. I found the silence that fell upon us all after the playing of the "Last Post" to be deeply moving.

A wreath was laid at the war memorial in College by Estates team member, John Richardson who served with the Royal Navy for many years.  John had refurbished the memorial earlier in the year as part of the Memorial Project and is a member of the British Legion.

Cat says of the project “It was intriguing to realise just how much the war had affected even a small town like this, and to hear a first person experience on the horrors of living and working during wartime was definitely an experience which truly helped to let us comprehend the reality of something we only know from the romanticised films and books.”

“I believe that meeting Gwen certainly helped inspire our reasoning for the memorial, and fueling the determination to ensure that we don't lose precious memories of people who'd probably be no older than us when they went to fight and die for their country.”

Liz Graham, Chair of Trustees says, “It was very touching to hear about former pupils who had lost their lives serving in WW2. It was a privilege to stand with so many current students to remember them at the Act of Remembrance followed by the rededication of the Godalming Grammar School memorial plaque”

The Memorial Project was thought of by Marian Muskett, a member of the Careers team at Godalming College who was one of the last students to go through Godalming Grammar School.  History teacher Ruth Nixon, another student of Godalming Grammar School, led the students in their research.  A lasting display of the stories of all the young men named in the Godalming College war memorial will remain as a reminder of all those who served. 

“We hope that the project will be valuable for other students and new students to reflect on the past students of Godalming Grammar School who lost their lives in WW2 as more than just names and a photograph”