Woodford house


Career Pathways

Our Vision

Woodford House is equipping young women to embrace the brightest possible future so that their light will shine. Graduates of Woodford House journey into their careers in a variety of ways from tertiary study in New Zealand or abroad to apprenticeships and GAP Years.

Our girls are assisted in their individual career aspirations by developing essential skills and knowledge around career options. Our goal is for each student to be open to developing self-awareness and self-belief to have the courage to make sound decisions for their career pathway and shine their light.

We are fortunate to have the mentorship of local Careers Coach Russell Booth who runs workshops with senior students. Watch Russell deliver his TEDxHastingsSt event.


Teachers at Woodford House are involved in career discussions with their students as classroom facilitators, Deans or Home Room Mentors. Career education and support is also provided by the Careers Department at all levels in the form of workshops, mini units of work or individual meetings.


The Pathways class is available for senior students to follow and explore specific vocational areas and gain NZQA qualifications or study University papers. There are a wide range of options available and individual student needs are catered to as much as possible. There are also short courses to enhance the employability of our young women such as barista, retail skills or first aid offered either outside school hours or as a one-three day course.

Work placement opportunities are provided for senior students who wish to gain experience in a particular field of work during one day a week for one term. Alternatively, Year 12 and Year 13 students may receive vocational training at the local EIT Trades Academy one day a week during Terms 1-3 to study vocation.

Pathways Hub

Woodford House has a specialised Pathways Hub that offers the follow services:

  • Career management workshops for students on: self-awareness and linking to career goals, CV preparation, planning for tertiary options, making applications and searching scholarships etc.
  • Opportunities to make connections with Woodford House Old Girls.
  • Individual guidance meetings with students and/or parents.
  • Presentations from tertiary provider liaison representatives.
  • Promotion of employment and scholarship opportunities.
  • Access to tertiary provider prospectuses.

Parents as Career Educators

Young people making decisions about their future are strongly influenced by their parents or caregivers. We welcome the opportunity to work alongside whānau to support our students to transition effectively from school into tertiary education or the world of employment. Parents are encouraged to access the Woodford House Careerwise website which is used to help students develop their career profile and access information about careers events, tertiary institutions, job searches, financing their goals and understanding what is required to be ready for work or future study.

The careers advisor Ms Jane Perry can be reached via email.