Careers 2021/22


Richard Hale School has implemented the eight Gatsby Benchmarks into its careers provision from Years 7 to 13. These benchmarks have been established to enable all students access to a balanced, well-informed and age appropriate careers guidance programme throughout school. These benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance


The school works closely with YC Hertfordshire (formerly Youth Connexions), to provide 1:1 careers guidance interviews for students in Years 8-13 with a Level 6 Qualified Careers Guidance Advisor. This support is in addition to meetings with Form Tutors, Heads of Year and members of the Senior Leadership Team that students will have when making further
study and careers progression decisions at key periods in their school lives notably for GCSE, post 16 and post 18 choices. Subject teachers also play a key role in providing opportunities to understand the links between what they are learning in class and the world of work, thus giving our students further insight into how the curriculum links to careers.

To further enhance our provision, we work closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company and an Enterprise Advisor who review the Careers, Employability and Enterprise provision provided to ensure we are fully meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks. This team comprises:

  • Philip Camm (School Careers Lead)
  • Debbie Laaff (Careers and Enterprise Coordinator)
  • Javinder Gill (Enterprise Adviser)
  • Giles Tilbury (Careers Personal Adviser)


Careers is promoted through departments. This has been developed through whole school Inset sessions, department audits, staff CPD and presentations to the SLT. Departments have subject related Google Classrooms dedicated to careers advice.

For any queries regarding the careers provision at Richard Hale School, please contact Mr. P. Camm at


Year 7

  • Understanding your pathways in education and the world of work – the beginning of the journey (November)
  • Communication skills (May)
  • Respect and tolerance at school and in the workplace (March)
  • Awareness of the job market (March)


Year 8

  • Employability skills and how you can build these up through your school life (November)
  • Developing a ‘can do’ attitude to work (March)
  • GCSE options guidance and option choices (April-May)


Year 9

  • Paid part time work (October)
  • Introduction to Start (February)
  • Money and budgeting (March)


Year 10

  • Understanding LMI (Labour Market Information) (November)
  • Introduction to work shadowing including visiting speaker (March-April)
  • Work shadowing (June)
  • Careers talks with local and regional employer contributions (all year)


Year 11

  • YC Herts 1:1 interviews regarding post 16 pathways (September-April)
  • Re-visit Start and other providers to support LMI and career links (October/November)
  • GCSE mock revision evening (October/November)
  • FE representatives to talk about college courses (November)
  • SLT interviews to discuss post 16 pathways post mocks (January)
  • Sixth Form Induction programme (June)
  • SLT post 16 interviews on GCSE results day (August)


Year 12

  • Sixth Form booklet (includes careers section post 18)
  • APPLY (a publication providing a wide range of information for post 18)
  • HE support booklet, Which guide to apprenticeships
  • Google Classroom for apprenticeships
  • YC Herts 1:1 interviews if requested (September-June)
  • Apprenticeship assembly led by YC Hertfordshire (October- November)
  • Introduction to HOP – a one stop shop for careers in Hertfordshire (October)
  • Careers Fair with local and regional employer contributions (October)
  • Epsom aspiring Oxbridge student seminar (March)
  • Post 18 pathways evening – includes information on UCAS, apprenticeships and gap
    years (April)
  • Gonville and Caius visit for Oxbridge candidates (April)
  • Encounters with the world of work through guest speakers visiting the school (all year)
  • Wednesday enrichment programme with careers focus led by former students (all year)
  • Work placements (July)
  • Prestigious Universities Programme (all year)
  • University open days (all year)
  • Sports Leaders primary school placements (all year)
  • Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary support programme
  • Spartan test
  • CV and personal statement writing
  • Aspiring Medics programme


Year 13

  • Encounters with the world of work through guest speakers visiting the school (September-May)
  • YC Herts 1 to 1 interviews if requested (September-June)
  • Apprenticeship assembly led by YC Hertfordshire (October- November)
  • Wednesday enrichment programme with careers focus led by former students (all year)
  • UCAS application support (all year)
  • Tutor time personalised to post 18 plans (all year)



Enterprise Education opportunities

  • Each year, all year groups have a designated charities week when they work in forms to organise, run and raise money for charity


The Parents’ Guide to Careers 2021

The link below provides a gateway to look at the 350 possible careers within our NHS service. The range of opportunity and type of job available is extensive and worth looking for those for those students considering their post 16 and 18 pathways


Additionally, BBC Bitesize also have useful Careers information at the following link:


For an overview of the Hertfordshire Labour Market please click on the video below.


Oaklands College 2021/22 Course Guides can be viewed by clicking on the link below: