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
 

Year 9

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

Year 10

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks
  National Careers Week and
National Apprenticeship Week Activities
NHC Taster Days
  Careers Fair  
  Enterprise Day  
  Work Experience Week  

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
 

Sixth Form 

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks Lunchtime Careers Talks
  National Careers Week and
National Apprenticeship Week Activities
Year 12 Work Experience

*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

1st October: Headteacher at a Nursery School
This talk will focus on a career as a Headteacher, and in particular delve into careers in early years education.

2nd October: Human Resources and Learning and Development
Human Resources (HR) is a transferable skill, The speaker has worked in this area for over 24 years, working for Tesco, Asda, William Hill and a Private Casino. This talk will explain what HR is and what a day in a life of a HR/L&D Business Partner looks like. 

11th October: Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs
This will focus on careers in the pharmaceutical industry and specifically the role of regulatory affairs in drug development. Regulatory affairs is the key role in obtaining the health authority approval required for medicines to be available to the public after over 10 years of development and millions of pounds of investment.

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, Assistant 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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