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

Click here to see our current score against each benchmark

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.

*Please note some of the activities may be subject to change. 

Virtual Careers Talks

At present we will be running virtual careers talks.  

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 Co-ordinator. Email 

Careers Leadership Link:
Mrs J Garthwaite, Assistant Headteacher and Head of KS3 and KS4

Careers Co-ordinator:
Mrs G Jemetta 

Destinations Data

Year 11 Destinations Data - September 2020

Year 13 Destinations Data - September 2020


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