Careers Support

Clifton Hall School offers a careers advice programme tailored to the individual student.

Clifton Hall School is a member of ISCO, an independent schools careers support group offered by The Inspiring Futures Foundation. Membership of ISCO means we are informed of the latest careers news and have access to independent careers professionals including a careers helpline for answers to careers questions or in depth research – all of which translates to your child being well informed and well guided through the ever changing, complex and competitive world of higher education, alternatives to higher education and employment.

Futurewise provides ongoing support from age 15 to 23 through a series of intuitive and engaging online psychometric assessments, a detailed profile report, an impartial guidance interview and access to Futurewise membership

The careers advice programme starts in Senior 2, prior to the students making decisions about their Senior 3 subject options. A representative of the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO) talks to all our Senior 2 students and their parents at the Course Choice Evening. As part of the Form Guidance programme students are encouraged to look at their own strengths, abilities and personal qualities. Students have the chance to discuss their ideas about future careers and suitable subjects to choose with the Director of Studies or ISCO advisor.

In Senior 3, careers advice is built into the Form Guidance programme and this is delivered by Form tutors and representatives from ISCO.

In Senior 4 students are given the opportunity to enroll in the Futurewise scheme which uses a selection of psychometric tests and individual career interviews to provide them with a career profile to help focus their research. This support is available until the age of 23. Senior 4 and Senior 5 students will also be preparing application letters and CVs for a week of work experience during the session.

Inspiring Futures is a not-for-profit careers organisation which provides careers services for schools and students. Established for more than 70 years, they hold the Matrix standard for careers which means their professional advisers work to the highest level. They believe in a holistic guidance process that helps pupils to make informed decisions and gives them the best chance of making a success of their lives. Inspiring Futures provides this school with the Futurewise programme, ISCO Membership.

In Senior 5 and Senior 6 students receive careers support to help them explore their career ideas. They are encouraged to research courses of interest and go to university open days. We invite speakers from different industries and professions, universities and colleges into school to talk to students. Senior 6 (and those in Senior 5 who wish to opt in) are given support to complete their personal statements for University and College applications. Related work experience is also encouraged, particularly in the more competitive vocations. Our ISCO advisor is also available to provide specific advice and mock interviews for those that request this input.

At the end of their time at Clifton Hall we ensure that every student has a destination to go to whether that is university, college, apprenticeship or straight into the workplace.


Careers Information Links:

Skills Development Scotland –

Independent Schools Careers Organisation –

Futurewise –

Further Career Resources –