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Careers – An Overview for Students

Careers – An Overview for Students

 Careers Lead: Mrs Anna Hall  anna.hall@jhanson.hants.sch.uk 

Careers Advisor: Mrs Lynn Richards lynn.richards@jhanson.hants.sch.uk

Work experience and Work related learning co-ordinator: Mrs Julia Pitt Julia.pitt@jhanson.hants.sch.uk

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.

 We are delighted to announce that we are ‘Committed’ to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks. After months of work on our careers provision our dedicated team have been successful in getting through this first stage of the Quality in Careers standard (certificate attached).

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

 In Years 7-9, students hear from ambassadors of Science and Technology, local banks, as well as learning about apprenticeships and post 16 options.

 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 neighbouring 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 based Science homework

Careers based 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 Independent 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.

Career Quizzes

The SACU Spartan test is an interest guide based on pictures which generates a ‘Careers Cloud’ with possible careers areas to research further from the ‘Careers Cloud’ including degree subjects http://sacu-student.com

The icould buzz quiz which is a fun way to, in under five minutes, discover your strengths and get an idea of a few job areas that might suit you https://icould.com/buzz/

 Do the Prospects quiz which takes about 12 - 15 minutes. Answer questions about you skills, motivations and desires and get mapped to jobs that might be of interest. The Prospect site also has lots of job profiles https://www.prospects.ac.uk/planner



The school are keen to ensure the careers provision we provide is first class! As such we review our CEIAG every year, and ensure that we evaluate each PSHE day, assembly and visit, to ensure we are providing the best possible guidance to our students.  We also liaise constantly with the post-16 providers to maintain accurate records of destinations.  Our current drive to achieve the Careers Standard Award also enables us to assess the impact of our provision.

This information will be reviewed in the Summer term 2019.