Careers and Education Guidance

Weekly School Careers Bulletin 88 - W/C Monday 11th January 2021

Careers Overview

Our Careers department aims to provide excellent Careers provision for all. Mrs Gaulton, our Careers Leader, is available daily for any advice and guidance, she can be found in the O’Brien Library, where there is a dedicated Careers area. Careers Education & Guidance is provided throughout the school and embedded in the curriculum. 

Our designated Careers Leader is Mrs Gaulton, she can be contacted on 01279 654901

We have dedicated careers guidance & information which is delivered in three categories;

Universal; all pupils develop their careers knowledge and skills through assemblies, dedicated Careers PSHEE lessons, tutorial time.  External independent speakers will be invited in to speak to students throughout the year.

Concentrated;  pupils identified by Learning Co-ordinators  with a need for advice will have an interview with either the Careers Leader or where a more intensive guidance needs are identified will be referred to our independent advisor who visits regularly throughout the academic year. Years 12 & 13 students intending to look for apprenticeships or employment are also identified and offered interviews as a priority.

Self-Referral; pupils and or their parent/carer may arrange an appointment to see the Careers Leader.

We support all pupils to consider a broad and ambitious range of careers to help our pupils’ develop high aspirations and understand where different choices can take them in the future. Our Careers Library is situated in the O’Brien library and is available to all students throughout St Mary’s. Our Careers Leader is available to discuss careers and work experience. We also offer independent Careers Education and Guidance drop-in sessions for all year groups with our external independent advisor who visits the school on set days throughout the year. 


Careers Programme

We deliver a structured Careers and IAG curriculum which is reviewed on an annual basis. the next review is due to take place in February 2021. Each aspect of the careers programme is evaluated for its impact and effectiveness through evaluation forms and group discussions.

To access the Careers 2020 Years 7-13 Programme please click on the link below:

Careers Programme 2020


Sixth Form

At St Mary’s we encourage all Sixth Form students to explore their post 18 options, whether that is University, apprenticeships, employment, a Gap year or other education or training. Opportunities for exploring future choices are available throughout the two years of Sixth Form.  Sixth Form students are able to seek permission for up to 5 absences per academic year to attend visits to explore these post 18 options.

Students attend sessions on how to write effective personal statements for both University and Apprenticeship applications. Each person applying through The Universities and College Admission service ( UCAS ) receives individual form tutor support and a one to one meeting with the Director of Sixth Form. Students seeking an alternative route will be invited to attend an individual guidance interview with our independent advisor. Students receive regular emails of University Open days, Summer Schools and Taster days. We also send email updates about apprenticeship vacancies and Gap years for those considering alternative routes. Please see the sixth form page for more detailed information regarding post 18 options.  

Additional careers support that year 12 and 13 students receive includes the following:


Employer Engagement
We recognise and value the importance of working with local employers in order to support our career provision at the school. We are extremely keen to establish links with employers who will be able to enrich our students’ education and show them new possibilities within the world of work.We engage with over 100 different employers through work experience placements for our year 10 students. Over 30 employers and other education providers attended our careers carousel and another 30 professionals attended our mock interview day for year 11 and 13 students.We welcome further support from employers specifically those within the finance and law industry.

For next academic year we are seeking employers to support our Careers Carousel, Year 10 work experience, year 12 work placements and mock interview day. If you are able to help us with any of these events please contact Kerry Gaulton, Careers Leader at


Guidance for Parents/Carers

Parents and carers play a very significant role in helping students make informed choices about their study options and decisions about their future careers. Parents and carers are encouraged to talk with their child about their options and future aspirations. We value parents and carers input and encourage you to attend activities at school such as GCSE and A Level options evenings.  We would also appreciate any offers of help with our Careers Carousel and Mock Interview day.

Should you wish to discuss your child’s future please contact their form tutor in the first instance, or Mrs Gaulton, our Careers Leader via email


Year 10 Work Experience

Monday 5th July - Friday 9th July 2021

Work Experience - A Guide for Parents

Work Experience Parental Consent Form

Student Own Placement Form


In July all Year 10 pupils will undertake one week’s work experience.  In preparation for this the pupils will have a Careers PSHEE lesson to help them discover the range of careers available to help them to make an informed choice when it comes to planning their work experience placement


Year 12 Work Experience

Year 12 - Academic Year 2020/2021 Work Experience - Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July

Sixth Form Enrichment Work Experience Placement

 Year 12 Work Experience - Letter home to parents


Mock Interviews

Mock Interviews for all Year 11 students will take place on Thursday 14th November 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students to put those skills into practice. Our interviewers’ then give pupil valuable feedback on their CV and their interview performance.   

Futures Meetings

Students attend two Futures Meetings with a senior member of staff.  In this meeting, students are given advice and talk though their options post-16.  Students progressing to GCE A levels are encouraged to think carefully about their subject choices and how this may impact their Post 18 options. The Russell Group of universities Informed Choices  provides information on facilitating subjects which are preferred by Universities.

For those considering alternative pathways to Sixth Form we provide details about apprenticeships and Open Days and can assist with applications. There are numerous Employers with options for school leavers who offer comprehensive apprenticeship programmes. For further information about apprenticeships please read   A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships 

Labour Market Information

Current Labour Market Information can be found here: Living and Working in East Herts, Living and Working in East Herts 2. Labour Market Information We believe it is important for all of our students to understand the Labour Market because this will help them to make realistic choices about their future. During our recent Careers Week, all the students were shown the following short video to help them understand the Hertfordshire Labour Market.

The Careers and Enterprise Company

We are signed up to The Careers and Enterprise Company – The Enterprise Advisor Network –programme. The is a free provision managed locally by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support us to achieve all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by August 2020 – a target set by the department for Education in their Careers Strategy (Dec 2017).

Further information about The Careers and Enterprise Company can be found here:

Further information about The Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here:


Destination Data

Year 11 Destinations

Year 13 Destinations





The Young Professionals Conference - Thursday November 12th 2020 

Students from Year 12 & 13 had the opportunity to take part in The Young Professionals Conference. Students listened to live webinars throughout the day from large multinational companies such as PwC, GSK, HSBC, Vodafone, IBM and many more. Students could take part in the recruitment and application sessions discussing assessment centres, psychometric testing and lots more. It was a great opportunity to really think about their future career path and find out about the range of opportunities open to them.

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 Careers Week March 2020 

Careers Week 2020 was bigger than ever with 10 guest speakers scheduled throughout the week. Students also enjoyed careers-focused activities during form time, subject specific careers information during lessons, quizzes in the library at lunchtime and a pop-up information event by Harlow College to educate and inspire.  

Students were invited to sign up to presentations from a wide range of industries to allow them to pick up skills and gain useful insights into potential future careers.  

We hosted a number of presentations from a range of experts:  


 We also held a number of workshops, including ‘The Apprenticeship Application’ workshop delivered by Trisha Seecharran from Amazing Apprenticeship.  

Providing our students with opportunities to interact with employers and to develop their awareness of further study and employment options improves the success of their transition from school to work. It was lovely to hear our students talking about their dream jobs and to see them starting to get excited about their bright futures. 


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On Thursday 15th November we held our annual Mock Interview Day for both Year 11 and Year 13 students. All students were given an allocated interview time with an external professional. Over 250 interviews were carried out throughout the day. Where possible each year 13 student was matched to an interviewer from the industry they are hoping to go into after their studies benefiting from a more in-depth interview. 95% of students now say they have more confidence about attending an interview.






This is a vital part of the Careers education that all students receive here at St Mary’s. The experience of being interviewed by people with professional expertise within a safe environment is invaluable to our pupils.


Thursday 19th September 2019 – St Mary’s Careers Carousel 

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Thursday 19th September, was the date that our annual Careers Carousel took place. With a mix of over 25 employers and educational institutions in attendance the hall was full to the brim with talk of careers and future prospects. The day started off with an atmosphere of excitement and eagerness filling the hall. Employers were putting the finishing touches to their stalls as the first students enthusiastically lined up outside the hall to see what awaited them. Year 9, 10 and 11 got the chance to visit multiple employers throughout their allocated hour. The buzz of career talk filled the air as students gained as much information as they could. ‘What qualifications do I need to be able to do this?’ competed with ‘Is there any work experience that you think would be helpful?’ Questions were being answered and students were absorbing the information ready to be used again in the future when planning their next steps.

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At lunchtime it was the turn of the younger years and the Sixth Form to experience the Careers Carousel. Huge groups flooded the hall excited to see what it was all about. For some this was their first experience of career planning and it was a delight to hear some of the questions they were asking and to hear the students saying they had found a career they would like to pursue when they were older. At the end of the day when the whole school had had the opportunity to visit the Carousel and the last of the stalls were being packed away a sense of calm descended on the hall once again. A huge amount of information had been shared throughout the day and it felt like it had made a real difference to some of the students.

The following websites are recommended.  This list is not exhaustive and a more extensive list of websites for particular career sectors can be found in our Careers Library.

St Mary’s Catholic School is not responsible for the content of external websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.  Websites are checked regularly but may be subject to change without notification. 

Upcoming Events

28 Jan

Year 11 Parents' Evening - online event

4:30pm - 7:30pm
04 Feb

Year 9 Options Evening - online event

7:00pm - 8:00pm
11 Feb

Year 7 Invitation Only Parents' Evening - online event

4:00pm - 6:00pm
11 Feb

Year 9 Parents' Evening - online event

4:30pm - 7:30pm