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Manchester High School for Girls


Making the right decisions for the future

Our Careers Department provides students with the information and support needed to make the right decisions about their future. Our Careers and Higher Education Library has a comprehensive range of university guides and computer facilities for online research, and advice is available to help choose universities and courses in an informed way. For students considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge universities, HE advisers will provide all the guidance needed, including the choice of subject and college.

Two Higher Education days in June are devoted to Higher Education preparation, including one to one meetings with the HE advisers, researching courses and writing their personal statements. Staff from a range of universities and institutions are invited into school, giving presentations and offering advice to the girls on how to strengthen their applications.

We are committed to ensuring that Manchester High girls are aware of the breadth of opportunities available to them and feel supported as they pursue excellence within their chosen fields.


Mock Interviews

Support continues throughout the Junior and Senior Sixth Form years with the opportunity for a mock interview in September. Careers and Senior staff are also available for the decision-making process on Results Days. In addition, the Careers Department organises a number of sessions led by external experts in a range of professions.



Preparation for university entrance

Preparation for university entrance begins in the spring term of the Junior Sixth Form. A Higher Education Information Evening offers students and their parents the opportunity to question representatives from several universities. The School pays for all Junior Sixth Form students to take an extensive interest questionnaire administered by COA.

The results, presented in an individual booklet, help students towards their choice of degree course and identify suitable universities. Students are encouraged to attend university open days and residential courses (subject to some restrictions on the number of open days attended on school days – usually two).

All Sixth Formers have the option to attend careers courses and university open days. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to hone their interview skills with external interviewers from academic, industrial and commercial institutions. Sixth Formers benefit from our extensive network of former students who are happy to share their experiences of universities and careers, and provide valuable contacts.

Project Pankhurst Mentoring Scheme

This scheme is designed to help Sixth Form girls prepare for the world beyond School. It is a forward-looking initiative and not just about getting students on their university course of choice. The scheme enables girls to make a connection with a former pupil who will support them as they make decisions about their professional development in the broadest sense. 

"The girls are often asked what they want to be when they finish university. While a number have a clear idea about the path they want to take, others are still weighing up a world of possibilities and it's important that the girls understand both of these stages are just fine! The mentoring scheme is there to give our girls and steer and help them make the right choices for them." - Mrs Norton, Director of Sixth Form Studies

Insight Into Talks

Since the launch of our 'Insight Into' series of twilight talks, MHSG pupils and their parents have been lucky enough to listen to and be inspired by a range of alumnae who have returned to school to share their story. Previous talks have included a variety of career paths such as engineering, make-up artistry, law, finance and politics.


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