It is never too soon or too late to start thinking about Career choice. At Ribblesdale we encourage pupils to use all available resources to make educated choices to start them on their chosen career pathway. Mrs Billington is our Information, Advice & Guidance Co-ordinator who is located in the Learning Resource Centre. Mrs Billington organises our BRAG careers events twice a year where all our local sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeship providers come together to talk to pupils and parents about their post 16 choices. Year 10 pupils undertake a mock interview programme in November and two weeks work experience in the summer term.

You may request an individual careers interview with either Lindsay Heaton, our impartial and independent Careers Advisor, or Mrs Billington in the Learning Resource Centre, if you are unsure what you want to do. Careers interviews help you to focus on your qualities, skills and interests and the thought processes of making well informed realistic decisions. The National Careers Service can also offer you lots of other information and advice via their website www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or by telephoning an advisor on 0800 100 900. The area wide prospectus is available through www.ucasprogress.com which allows you to search for courses in your locality.

During the autumn term all the local colleges and sixth forms will be holding open days and open evenings – it is important to attend these days to get a feel for the establishment, meet the tutors and ask questions to find out if they have the right course for you. Please see the booklets attached below for dates and times. I will send text reminders to parents of forthcoming events alongside tweeting and putting it on our new Facebook page. Please follow us on Twitter @RHS_Careers and Facebook “Ribblesdale High School Careers”.

Our post 16 providers will also be coming into school on Thursday and Friday mornings during form time in the Sports Hall or the LRC to give an informative talk on the courses they offer. Posters will be around school and reminders posted on Facebook and Twitter.