Senior School Information
Careers - Peigi Brough
Peigi Brough is the Careers Adviser for Wallace Hall Academy and will be in school on a Thursday. Peigi has been with Skills Development Scotland for many years and has worked within a number of secondary schools in Dumfries and Galloway.
Peigi offers a drop in service at Wallace Hall Academy every Thursday at lunchtime. She is based the office used by the Chief Invigilator and pupils can come along with any questions or queries related to careers.It is advisable for all S4, S5 and S6 pupils to register on the My World of Work Website (www.myworldofwork.co.uk). Ideally, pupils should complete the my strengths section and undertake some research on their chosen career before seeking an appointment. Thereafter, if they wish a careers appointment, they should discuss this with their Pupil Support Principal Teacher, a member of the SMT or Mrs Menzies who will arrange an interview with Peigi where appropriate.
Peigi offers 1:1 career guidance appointments through Pupil Support and will also carry out group sessions throughout the school year with a range of year groups to support pupils with career management skills.
The Library hosts a comprehensive section of Careers materials including prospectuses and applying for work, training and year out opportunities. Careers Advice leaflets are also available in the Library for pupils to take home.
My World of Work
My World of Work is a web service for people to plan, build and direct their career throughout their lives. Customers can see jobs in action; build their CVs; search for vacancies and explore training opportunities in a way thats personal to them. There are video clips of people explaining their job roles and an informative magazine with some great up-to-the-minute tips on how to get a job or train for one.
Delivered by Skills Development Scotland, it provides information on the jobs market as well as offering help with things like tackling tough interview questions.
My World of Work complements SDSs current face-to-face and telephone services, as well as those provided by partners, so customers have access to a range of channels depending on the level of support they need.
To explore My World of Work and the range of tools on offer, visit
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Information
You could get financial support to stay on at school if you are from a low income household and meet certain criteria. This is called an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
EMA is a means tested weekly allowance of £30, payable to students aged 16 to 19 for a maximum of 3 years. Students must achieve 100% attendance per week as agreed within their EMA Learning Agreement completed at school level.
It is payable in arrears, during term time only, generally on a 2-weekly basis.
For further information on eligibility and to apply for EMA please click the link below:
If successful in being awarded EMA you must ensure that you have completed a Wallace Hall Academy Learning Agreement and hand it in to Mrs Fraser or Mrs Menzies. This form must be signed by both the student and their parent/carer.