Harrogate High School held its third annual careers fair and pathway planning day where students go off timetable to meet with their personal tutor and attend the careers fair to find out about the different industries they could work in.
The Pathway Planning consists of each student coming into school with their parents for a short meeting with their form tutor. During this meeting they discuss what the student would like to do as a career and from this their tutor is able to identify subjects and extra-curricular activities that might be of interest to them. An analysis is also done on current grades and attainment levels to keep students up-to-date with their subjects.
After their meeting, students then get the opportunity to go down to the hall and take part in the careers fair – this year boasted 35 different businesses from around the country! Businesses included local organisations such as Harrogate Theatre, Acceleris Communications, Bishopton Veterinary Group, Covance, North Yorkshire Police and Intuitions as well as from further afield including Teeside University, Welcome to Yorkshire, Royal Air Force, McDonalds, Leeds College of Building and Leeds United Foundation.
Businesses ran a range of different activities from holding tarantulas and snakes, providing audio-visual demonstrations of their business, one-to-one discussions about working in the industry and detailing upcoming events and future opportunities employment within the local area.
It was a fantastic day enjoyed by the students, staff and, visiting organisations.
Harrogate High School Principal Andrew Bayston said: I look forward to this day each and every year. Inviting a host of different organisations into the school and giving our students the opportunity to develop links and contacts within different industries is vital for their future career.
In May 2013 Ofsted rated Harrogate High School and ‘Good with outstanding leadership’ and said ‘Teaching in the Sixth Form is outstanding’. The school is also to get a new school building with work due for completion in October 2016.