Careers & Options Advice

Bury Grammar School gives pupils wise advice and excellent guidance on future options and careers.
Your future is in safe hands!

Our pupils make an impact everywhere, in every continent and in every profession. The assurance, tenacity and warmth they possess, impresses employers and admissions officers in equal measure.

Whether they are eminent medics, leading journalists, international sports stars, award winning actors, renowned academics or dedicated public servants, it is fair to say that Bury Grammar School has proudly played a part in the success of so many ex-students who are making a difference to our society.

Careers and options advice are part of life at Bury Grammar School from age 11 right through to age 18. Former students have over the years progressed into a wide range of prestigious career routes, higher education courses and vocational options. Whichever field you are passionate about is the one we want to help you access!

Our Careers Department aims to ensure that students have accurate and up-to-date information to help them reach an informed decision, having considered a range of options. Students are given access to resources which enable them to explore and develop their career aspirations.
 
The broad range of skills and talents that we have encountered in our students over the years have provided experience in a wide range of career routes, higher education courses and vocational options.

Click here to view our monthly Careers Newsletter.

Our Fantastic Careers Team

 

 

Head of Careers,

Ms H Greene

 

The Head of Sixth Form,

Mrs H Hammond

 

Deputy Head of Sixth Form,

Mr D Newbury

Pupils are also provided with professional help, advice and guidance from:

  • Their Form Tutors
  • Visiting admissions tutors from universities
  • Speakers from a range of professions – from medicine, dentistry and law, to the media, accountancy and business.
  • Our alumni – Bury Grammar pupils are in the fortunate position of having access to a vast number of former pupils with glittering careers in an array of different areas. 

It is never too early to start looking ahead!
 

Careers in the Curriculum

Students are encouraged to explore a variety of career options from Year 7 through PSHE sessions, assemblies and form time activities throughout their time at Bury Grammar Schools. From the beginning of Year 9 we use Unifrog as a tool for students to explore their interests as well as through MOOCs, which helps to record extracurricular activities and to search for a particular degree, apprenticeship or alternative option that suits their career aspirations. We work closely with the academic and pastoral teams to support and guide students in achieving their career aspirations. We also encourage students to visit the UCAS website for additional career information.

Through our Careers and Higher Education Convention, students have a wealth of opportunities to discover a wide range of careers. This biennial event is well supported by national and overseas universities, as well as large and small companies and individuals who they can speak to directly.

Our Careers department is open to students of all ages and there are ‘drop in’ sessions at lunchtimes. If a student wishes to book a career interview they can request a time with the Head of Careers, Ms Greene.

Our Careers Lecture Programme, Roger Kay Lectures, Science in Focus Lectures and Tutorials with Business Experts Themes of lectures have included:


•    TV journalism
•    Aviation
•    Law
•    Medicine
•    Engineering
•    Entrepreneurialism
•    Healthcare
•    TV production
•    Accountancy

Mock Interview Programme


When the moment comes for students to apply for careers, apprenticeships and higher education, many experts are at hand to advise and guide them.


Careers Interviews


Careers interviews take place in Year 13 with experts from a range of high profile careers. We are very lucky to be able to call upon alumni, Governors and friends of the School who put students through their places and give them valuable and expert feedback to enable them to go on to success.

 

Competitive course interviews

Those students applying for the most prestigious university courses – entry for which comprises an interview process – have many opportunities to go through mock interviews with the Headmaster/Headmistress, Heads of Faculty, senior leaders from other top schools and experts from academia. More information can be found here.

 

Work Experience

As part of our careers programme, our students in Year 10 have the opportunity each year to participate in our work experience scheme. The aims of work experience are:

To offer experience of the working environment and to help prepare the students for adult and working life.

  • To help in the development of personal and social skills required in the workplace: initiative, commitment, handling difficult situations, self-reliance, responsibility, respect for others and the ability to work in a team.
  • To provide a context for Higher Education and Careers guidance.
  • To provide students with experience which will enrich their personal statements when they make their university applications.

Work experience is an excellent way of helping young people to understand the world of employment. This is particularly important at this stage when choices of A Level subjects and possible careers are being considered.

A SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY

One of the distinct advantages of the Careers Department is the access that we have to such a diverse and successful network of former pupils.


There are frequent speakers in school giving career related talks and we look forward to welcoming back ex-pupils to share their experiences with current students. In recent years our alumni have delivered lectures on a wide range of careers including aviation, TV production and healthcare. Many alumni and other friends of the school volunteer their time to mentor students and participate in our mock interview programmes. 


Our pupils make an impact everywhere, in every continent and in every profession. The assurance, tenacity and warmth they possess, impresses employers and admissions officers in equal measure.
Whether they are eminent medics, leading journalists, international sports stars, award winning actors, renowned academics or dedicated public servants, it is fair to say that Bury Grammar School has proudly played a part in the success of so many ex-students who are making a difference to our society.
 

Years 7 & 8

Our Year 7 pupils take part in a cross-curricular careers project, which explores the world of work. Students research a variety of careers and go on to lead and manage their own Careers Fair, which our Year 6 students enjoy visiting. 
At BGS Year 8 is the crucial GCSE options year. Traditionally parents and students are invited to the Year 8 Options evening, which is followed by individual options interviews with senior staff, ahead of making their GCSE choices. This year students will explore their choices through PSHE. Students are encouraged to research subject/career links in advance of their option choices.

Click here to view our GCSE Options Brochure.
 

Years 9, 10 & 11

Throughout Key Stage 4, visits for aspiring Oxbridge applicants are arranged during their GCSE courses and potential applicants for Competitive Courses can seek advice and guidance from our Competitive Courses Coordinator.
Traditionally in Year 10 students have the opportunity to complete a week of Work Experience in the summer term. Students are encouraged to find placements based on their career interests. 
In Year 11 students are invited to attend our Sixth Form Open Evening, which signals the start of the A Level Options process. Following this, all year 11 students have individual careers interviews with pastoral and senior staff in preparation to choose A Levels. 

Sixth Form experience days give a taste of the next stage of the BGS journey and provide a valuable opportunity to work with our highly skilled Sixth Form team who offer support and advice on their next steps.

 

sixth form

In Year 12 students are encouraged to apply for taster courses and also to arrange their own university Open Day visits. There are form time activities and assemblies focused on how to choose the correct course and university, as well as information on degree apprenticeships and other alternative career pathways.
Students intending to apply for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Sciences are supported in their search for vital work experience. Students interested in applying to Oxford or Cambridge attend a conference where they can explore courses and learn about undergraduate study. Our competitive course coordinator also arranges day trips to both Oxford and Cambridge to visit our link colleges at each university.

Click here to view our A Level Courses.

Sixth Form students can hone their debating and leadership skills, whilst exploring potential careers, by taking part in numerous events and competitions, for example, the Sir Rhys Davies Mock Law Trial and the Young Enterprise competition. With the careers department located in the Sixth Form centre, students are encouraged to use the careers drop-in sessions to discuss choice of courses, universities and alternative pathways.  


In Year 13 all students are offered mock interviews in which they meet with an external interviewer, to help them prepare for a potential university interview. Those who volunteer their time to help our students include BGS governors and other professionals from industry and academia. This experience is extremely beneficial to helping our students overcome any nerves they have before university or interview preparations.