Careers & guidance


Careers Lead: Mrs Anna Hall 

Careers Advisor: Mrs Lynn Richards

Work experience and Work related learning co-ordinator: Mrs Julia Pitt

At JHCS we are proud of our successful careers education as we cover careers across the age ranges through our five off-timetable PSHE/Citizenship days.   During these days, students get to hear from people in the world of work, not just their teachers, as they explore all sorts of future career options.

Our main aim through our careers programme is to ensure our students are ready for the world of work.

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Summer 2017 leavers –

In Years 7-9, students hear from ambassadors of Science and Technology, local banks, as well as learning about apprenticeships and post 16 options. We are always looking for volunteers from the community to come in and talk to students about their exciting careers so please do get in touch.

 Year 10 explore the vast array of careers available to them and get to attend taster days at Andover College and Sparsholt.

The Careers Fair for Year 11 is a huge success, seeing over 50 local employers, post 16 providers and apprenticeship training providers attend, along with over 800 local 15/16 year olds from the neighboring schools. In Year 11 they also get support with their CVs, personal statements and interview tips.

Careers education is covered in PSHE / Citizenship lessons and through guest speakers joining us in school.

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Term 1 Study skills workshops.

Careers in Science homework

Science homework Finance based PSHE day. Work Experience placements Revision skills workshops; Careers fair and CV/personal statement writing session;

Careers guru talk; Parents Info evening on Future Options led by Careers Advisor; Careers Advisor at Parents evening.

Term 2 Fire service workshop – being a firefighter. The Apprentice enterprise PSHE day.   Work Experience placements. The SUN group theatre performance of ‘Choices’; BCOT, Winchester university and local businesses input on PSHE day; Times Sports reporter workshop;
Term 3     The KS4 options process; Apprenticeships with Careers Advisor; Winchester university and Andover college input on PSHE; Attend National Science conference Work Experience placements; Aim Higher visit to Winchester University; Financial awareness session with local private finance company.  Careers Advisor at Parents evening; ; Attend National Science conference  
Term 4 National Careers and Apprenticeships week assembly and tutor session; PSHE day input from Test Valley Borough Council.

Visit to Stannah.

National Careers and Apprenticeships week assembly and tutor session; Aim Higher visit to Winchester University; Apprenticeships and several local businesses input into PSHE day; National Careers and Apprenticeships week assembly and tutor session; Options Evening Work Experience placements;

National Careers and Apprenticeships week assembly and tutor session; Bath university trip

National Careers and Apprenticeships week assembly and tutor session;
Term 5     Girls into Technology Andover college event; Bournemouth University visit Work Experience placements; Attendance at working for the police workshop; Bournemouth University visit College interview prep; BCOT apprenticeship event.
Term 6   The REAL Game finance based PSHE day   Work Experience placements; Taster days at Andover College and Sparsholt; QMC, Peter Symonds and Andover college PSHE day input;  

During National Careers and Apprenticeships week each year, events are organized in school through lessons, tutor time and assemblies to enable students to have the opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships and talk to local employers. Year 11 even attend an apprenticeship event at BCOT.

Careers Advise:

Every Year 10 and 11 student has an individual 1:1 Careers Interview with Lynn Richards, our Professional Careers Advisor. Each student will receive a Careers Action Plan, which they have discussed and agreed in the meeting. Lynn can also support students in the application process. As a local Apprenticeship Champion, Lynn can also help and support students who are considering an apprenticeship as a post 16 option.

 Extra guidance:

In the current climate with anxiety about university fees, uncertainty about the status of particular qualifications and progression routes, there has never been a better time to ensure both students and parents know what is what.

Which University : also has information on choosing GCSE options, A levels choices, the Russell Group of universities and much more!

Some useful online careers tools:

  1.   Take the Buzz Test which likens you to an animal and will tell you a bit about your personality and which celebs share your personality type.  It takes about 7 minutes to do this section. You can also research videos by job types or favourite subjects and it also includes a section on choosing your GCSE Options
  2. Have a go at this careers game (which takes approx 45 mins to get to the highest level) and suggests career ideas to suit your interests and personality and provides a Character Report. Little pictures of job areas appear as you go through the different levels and it will come out with percentage on the job picture, indicating how close a match that job may be for them. If students click on the picture they will find the job description. On each job description it also has the advantages (perks) and disadvantages (challenges) of that particular job, so they can get a different perspective of the job.
  3. There is a Career Wizard which suggests possible careers to match Interests etc. and then links to finding out more about them. There is an A-Z of jobs as well as well as other info on choices, under the Information and Advice tab. Please ask the Careers Adviser for the current login password.