At The Highfield School, our careers programme is designed to inform and equip every student in Year 7 to Year 13 with the information and options needed to ensure they have a successful and smooth transition from education into employment.  

We offer a tailored careers programme for each year group, which is designed to inspire our students, raise their aspirations and promote access to different career pathways. 

The careers programme we offer addresses each of The Gatsby Benchmarks 8 point framework:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Access to careers information
  3. Addressing the needs of pupils as individuals
  4. Individual independent careers support and guidance
  5. Curriculum links to the world of work
  6. Encounters with employers and employees
  7. Experiences of workplaces
  8. Encounters with further and higher education

To help us deliver each of these benchmarks we work with a range of partners including the Careers and Enterprise Company, Youth Connexions and Young Enterprise. We also have strong links with business partners including Altro Flooring and Ascential PLC who support our students with talks, company visits and careers advice.

Throughout the year we run a number of events and activities to complement the careers programme. These include themed assemblies, activities in tutor time, guest speakers, enterprise days and visits. For the next academic year we will be re-introducing work experience for all of our Year 10 students. 

Every student also has access to our Youth Connexions Personal Advisor, Ali Sheriff, who comes into school every Tuesday and can offer support and advice to students who are thinking about subject choices, courses, employment and career options. Students can book a meeting with Ali by visiting Mrs Sutton in the Sixth Form office.  

The proposed timetable* of activities for the next academic year are outlined below. 5 House Points will be issued to all those students who attend the Careers talks.

Year 7

Autumn Term Spring Term  Summer Term
Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks
  National Careers Week and
National Apprenticeship Week Activities
 

Year 8

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks
  National Careers Week and
National Apprenticeship Week Activities
Youth Connexions Advisor session on Start Profiles

Year 9

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks
Wilmott Dixon Mentoring Programme - CV Writing National Careers Week and
National Apprenticeship Week Activities 
University of Hertfordshire Talk
  Careers Fair  
  University of Hertfordshire visit for Challenge students  

Year 10

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks
Wilmott Dixon Mentoring Programme - CV Writing and Interview Prep National Careers Week and
National Apprenticeship Week Activities
NHC Taster Days
  Careers Fair  
  Young Enterprise - Enterprise Day  
  Work Experience Week  
  Wilmott Dixon Mentoring Programme - CV Writing and Work Experience  

Year 11

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks
  National Careers Week and
National Apprenticeship Week Activities
 
  Wilmott Dixon Mentoring Programme - Interview Prep, Work Experience and Careers  

Sixth Form 

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks
Wilmott Dixon Mentoring Programme - Personal Statement, CV's and Careers  National Careers Week and
National Apprenticeship Week Activities
Year 12 Work Experience
  Wilmott Dixon Mentoring Programme - Work Experience, Careers and University Wilmott Dixon Mentoring Programme - Year 12 Work Experience
  Altro Flooring - CV Writing and Interview Masterclass  

*Please note some of the activities may be subject to change. Students will receive 5 Achievement Points if they attend the Lunchtime Careers Talks.

 

Lunchtime Careers Talks - 1.20pm in P107

Upcoming Talks:
14th January: An insight into Marketing
23rd January: Midwifery

Past Talks:
1st October: Headteacher at a Nursery School
2nd October: Human Resources and Learning and Development
11th October: Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs
5th November: Hairdressing
26th November: Accountancy in the Healthcare sector

We are always searching for new opportunities for our students from school Alumni and businesses. If you have any ideas or would be able to support the school in the careers programme we would like to hear from you. Please contact Mrs Gillian Jemetta, Admin Assistant and Careers Leader. Email Gillianjemetta@highfield.herts.sch.uk 

Careers Leadership Link:
Mrs J Garthwaite, Deputy Headteacher and Head of KS3 and KS4
Email: jogarthwaite@highfield.herts.sch.uk

Careers Lead:
Mrs G Jemetta 
Email: gillianjemetta@highfield.herts.sch.uk

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