Careers Education and Futures

At PGHS we’re working hard to ensure that all our students are fully prepared to take their next steps and to go on and have rewarding and successful careers.  In this section of the website, you can find out help our students go on to become a PGHS Success story!

In line with the statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, careers guidance and access for education and training providers, Penwortham Girls’ High School’s Futures Policy ensures that all registered pupils at this school are provided with independent careers guidance from Year 7 to Year 11. 

The independent careers guidance provided:

· is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option.

· includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes.

· is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given. Careers information and guidance at PGHS is a progressive journey from Year 7 to 11.

The aims of the Careers programme at PGHS are:

· To develop positive attitudes in the pupils towards study and work.

· To develop employability and enterprise skills, such as teamwork and communication.

· To help students to plan and take control of their future making informed choices at key points in their education.

· To provide students with the relevant careers inspiration and guidance that is suitable to their personal needs including age, ability, attitudes and aptitudes.

· To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of opportunities post 16 and post 18 including traineeships, apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, HE, FE, employment and training opportunities.

· To help students to reflect on themselves – their abilities, skills, aptitudes and attitudes – so that they can use this knowledge to consider their development.

· To provide students with impartial advice about options that is available to them.

· To provide equal opportunity of access to careers inspiration and guidance.

The annual Careers Programme gives a more detailed overview of this tailored approach.

Implementation of Careers Education

These aims are achieved through the Futures curriculum which is outlined below. All strategies are in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. Careers Compass Plus is completed three times per year and action points inform improvements.

The Careers

Leader along with the Enterprise Advisor network, Independent Careers Advisor, curriculum leaders external providers, Lancashire Education Partnership, and employers strive for continuous improvement and build on each benchmark further. The school is strongly committed to achieving all 8 Benchmarks:

1. A stable Careers programme

2. Learning from Career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experience of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal Guidance

Careers Adviser

Useful Careers Websites

Upcoming Careers events and Apprenticeships

Specsavers Apprenticeship Opportunities

There are currently Apprenticeship Opportunities at Specsavers.

‘At Specsavers, we’re proud of our apprenticeship programme, kickstarting the careers of talented people across the country, and we welcome apprentices of all ages. They’re a great choice for young people at the start of their career looking to earn and learn in a role that makes a difference, as well as those looking for a career change. If you know someone who’d excel in helping our customers both in store, or in their homes, read on and encourage them to apply.’

For further details please visit: apprenticeships/

TransPennine Express Apprenticeship Opportunities

The following apprenticeships will open soon TransPennine Express.

For more information and to register please follow the link below:

FirstGroup Careers

  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider