Progression Days at HGS

As the summer term ends, The Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School is delighted to deliver a trio of Progression Days to help students look ahead and map out their next path.

From Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th July, Year 12 students took part in three days packed with advice, workshops and visits to help broaden their horizons and make informed choices. Speakers from different professions and universities advised students on their next steps, showing them potential avenues and choices available to them.

Ben Twitchin, director of Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School, said:
“The Progression Days are a key part of our focus on developing a student’s vision for the future. From their very first day, we encourage our Year 12s to develop a forward-thinking mindset. We don’t expect them to know exactly what they want to do, but to commit to a process of trying to find out.”
On the first day, Tues 5 July, students selected to attend workshops hosted by 25 different speakers spanning various career sectors. These sectors are healthcare, law, education, training and public service, business and enterprise, STEM, and arts and creative industries.

“The speakers who visited the school left a real impression on our students, and certainly inspired them to research a range of different career routes.” said Mr Twitchin. “Our speakers were impressed with the knowledge shown by our students, and by the range of interesting questions that they asked.”

On Wednesday 6 July, students visited a range of universities for open days. On the final day, Thursday 7 July, speakers from York University, Leeds Beckett University and Sheffield Hallam University gave talks on making choices, student finance and degree apprenticeships.

The work undertaken on these days sets the students up to begin their applications for universities, apprenticeships and employment. “Our team are on hand throughout the coming months to support students, whether they are looking at apprenticeships or exploring university degrees,” Mr Twitchin said. “Over 80% of our students apply to university each year, so timing is everything. We check every single application to ensure they stand out and give themselves the best chance of success.”

Neil Renton, headteacher at Harrogate Grammar School, said, “Our Progression Days are always an exciting end to the term for Year 12. We are really lucky to have a huge range of speakers and events on offer, helping students explore pathways they might have never previously considered. This is all thanks to our strong university links and our wonderful parent community.”