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At Hardenhuish School, we want our young people to have every opportunity to fulfil their future career aspirations. Therefore, we believe it is of paramount importance for students to make informed choices about their next steps when they make choices at 16 or after Sixth Form at 18. To this end, our young people need to have a secure knowledge about their future education, training and employment opportunities together with high quality and impartial advice and guidance to support their progression beyond Hardenhuish.

Preparing students for the world of work and helping with their employability is a key priority for us and we are committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students in Years 7-13.  This will include personal guidance, careers focussed SMSCE lessons, curriculum opportunities, work experience, visits to Colleges and Universities, talks by employers, apprenticeship providers and Universities, careers fairs, employability workshops and other career related events.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. They form part of the new statutory guidance relating to careers education, issued by the DfE in 2018. Hardenhuish are part of the Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub which has been formed to enable schools to share best practise and ensure that we meet the benchmarks.

Personal Guidance

The school recognises the importance of careers education and work-related learning as demonstrated in the appointment of a Careers and Transition Manager and fully qualified Level 6 Careers Adviser, Vicky Brenton. Guidance meetings with Ms Brenton are provided for Year 11 and Year 13; with lunchtime drop-in sessions and appointments being available to all year groups. They are also provided for students if suggested that this would be helpful by tutors, Learning Managers and the SENCO. Ms Brenton is also available at key events including Year 9 options evening, Year 11 Post-16 options evening, Year 10, 12 and 13 parent’s information evenings and Sixth Form open evening.

Ms Brenton provides impartial and personalised information, advice and guidance, about the range of education and training options that are most likely to help our students achieve their ambitions. Students can discuss choosing a career, apprenticeships, University or College courses, A-level choices, work experience and get help with applications, CVs and interviews. Students can ask their tutor to book them an appointment or visit the careers office in E centre for a lunchtime drop-in session. During regular tutor mentoring sessions, tutors also give advice regarding post 16/18 opportunities based on the student’s interests, skills and abilities.

Impartial guidance is also provided by external organisations including ASK apprenticeships and Careerpilot at key events held for both students and parents including the Year 11 Post-16 options evening and Year 12 parent’s information evenings. The school is also part of the Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN) which aims to encourage young people from specific areas to consider applying to and progressing into higher education with careers focussed workshops delivered to Year 11 and 10 and targeted one to one guidance for some students. Regular signposting to impartial organisations including the National Careers Service takes place and the use local labour market information provided by Wiltshire council through the Work Wiltshire website is encouraged.

A destinations survey is completed by all Year 11 and 13 in the second half of the academic year to track and monitor their next steps. The survey is used to identify Year 11 students at risk of becoming Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) who then receive intensive targeted support from the Schools Careers Advisor. If necessary, students at risk of NEET may be referred to Wiltshire’s Integrated Youth Service.

Integrated Careers Education

Careers education forms an important part of the KS 3 and 4 Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSCE) programme. This includes workshops and talks delivered by external organisations including Careerpilot, Wessex Outreach Network (WON), ASK apprenticeships and Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN). The Successful Lives tutor led programme for all year groups also contains careers and next steps focussed sessions. This is supplemented by additional career and employability related workshops and talks at lunchtime, after school and on cross-curricular days. Staff are also encouraged across the curriculum to explain the links between subject content and vocational learning whenever relevant and specialist resources have been provided for careers focussed lessons.

Opportunities for accredited work-related learning are provided through the curriculum and include the BTEC Diploma in Vocational Studies, GCSE Catering and the Cambridge National Awards in Information Technology and Health and Social Care. Some students may also have the opportunity for offsite vocational learning at local providers, including Wiltshire College.

Good quality careers resources are available to all students via the school website, library, careers office in E centre, sixth form study room, poster and leaflet displays.  This includes resources about apprenticeships, university courses, gap years and job profiles. The school actively encourages the use of career websites including Careerpilot and Work Wiltshire, available on the School’s computer network, to help students decide on and research careers and the qualifications needed for them.  Please see ‘Career Research Websites’ below for links to these and other useful websites. The National Careers Service also has a dedicated phone line for free career advice: 0800 100900.

As a school, we are registered with Morrisby, and can offer students the opportunity to access a Morrisby career profile assessment for a reduced price of £25. Please contact Vicky Brenton ( for further information about this.

Experience of the Workplace and Employer Encounters

As a school, we endeavour to facilitate as many student/ employer encounters as possible. As such, the school is part of the Careers and Enterprise Company Network and we work closely with our Enterprise Adviser. We also have good links with many other local employers, independent advice services and apprenticeship providers. We arrange regular lunchtime and after school careers talks and employability workshops, available to all year groups and delivered by a variety of employers and apprenticeship providers. Recent employers for these events have included KPMG, Dyson, NHS, MOD, Authors and Poets, Accountants, Architects, Hitachi, Intel and EY. Mock interviews are also held with the help of employers for Year 12 and 13. Our successful Year 12 volunteering programme provides further opportunities for students to develop valuable employability skills.

We feel strongly that all students should have first-hand experiences of the workplace to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks. Therefore, all students are given the opportunity to do one week of work experience in Year 10 and again in Year 12. Students taking the Vocational Studies course also have one day a week work experience in Year 11.

The annual Hardenhuish Careers Fair provides the opportunity for all students and parents to engage with approximately 40 employers, education and apprenticeship providers and receive impartial and independent careers information, advice and guidance. Year 12 and 13 can also visit the National Apprenticeship Show, with over 60 employers and providers showcasing opportunities. Curriculum areas regularly arrange talks from employers and take groups of students on visits to career events and employers. Recent visits have included the Big Bang careers fair, Siemens, NHS blood and transport centre, Swindon Magistrates Court, The Houses of Parliament and Honda.

Encounters with Post-16 and Higher Education

The school has strong links with Universities, Further Education and Apprenticeship providers and the Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN) to ensure that all our students are well informed and encouraged to progress into higher education.

The Hardenhuish Sixth Form Open Evening is organised in December for students considering progressing to Hardenhuish Sixth Form. They also receive a presentation from the Sixth Form Learning Manager as part of the SMSCE programme. Students who apply to the Sixth Form have an information and guidance interview with a member of the Sixth Form Team and are accepted on the basis that they achieve the entry requirements which are published in the Sixth Form prospectus. Changes to A-level choices can be made in consultation with the Sixth Form Learning Manager.

Wiltshire College visits the school as part of the KS4 SMSCE programme and provides information about opportunities in Chippenham, Lackham and Trowbridge for students interested in level 1-3 vocational courses and apprenticeships. Bath College, Wiltshire College and several Universities also attend our annual careers fair providing further opportunities for both student and parent contact. All students in Year 10 will visit Bath University, Bath College or Wiltshire College for a taster day. ASK apprenticeships also visit to provide information and guidance to those Year 11 students considering apprenticeships.

Information about applying to higher education through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is provided through a series of sessions delivered by the Sixth Form Learning Manager to Y12 and Y13 during sixth form core time. A dedicated Oxbridge group meet regularly where specialist advice and guidance is provided. Further one to one advice and support, for example in writing a personal statement for UCAS, is provided to students by the sixth form tutors and the careers adviser. Other events in the sixth form include trips to the UCAS Convention and Reading University and talks by Universities and other external speakers about Oxbridge applications, student finance, studying abroad, Access to Bristol and On Track to Bath.

A Summary of Key School Careers Events and Activities:

All Years

• SMSCE lessons focused on careers and next steps
• Careers focussed lessons throughout the curriculum
• Successful Lives tutor programme and enrichment days
• Hardenhuish Careers Fair with 40 employers, apprenticeship providers, Colleges and Universities
• Regular employer career presentations, workshops and visits
• Careers Adviser one to one appointments
• Lunchtime careers and work experience drop-ins
• Dedicated careers office and resources in library
• Morrisby career profile assessment
• Tutor mentoring and signposting

Year 7

Visit to the Aerospace Museum with workshops
WWT Slimbridge trip
Author and poet talks

Year 8

WON workshops
London Science Museum visit with GCHQ workshops
Water Day with employer involvement
The Big Bang Careers Fair trip
Author and poet talks

Year 9

Options evening
Enrichment day with Dyson and Tesla
Zoolab talk
Author talk
Young Shakespeare Company performance

Year 10

Work experience
WEX parent information evening
Careerpilot workshops
WON workshops and talk
WIN workshops
Bath University trip
Wiltshire and Bath College visits
WIN & Careerpilot 1 to 1 guidance

Year 11

ASK Apprenticeships presentation
Wiltshire College presentation
WON presentation
WIN interview skills workshops
Post-16 Options Evening with Careerpilot and ASK apprenticeships
Sixth Form Open Evening/ Sixth Form interviews
WIN & Careerpilot 1 to 1 guidance
Extended work experience for Vocational students

Year 12 and 13

Y12 work experience
WEX parent information evening
Mock interviews
ASK Apprenticeships talk and workshops
ASK apprenticeships at Y12 parent information evening
National Apprenticeship Show trip
UCAS Convention trip
Reading University trip
Oxbridge group and application workshop
Access to Bristol/ On Track to Bath presentations
Student finance and study abroad presentations
Y12 volunteering programme
Core sessions about post-18 options and UCAS
WIN & Careerpilot 1 to 1 guidance

We are always looking for volunteers with different careers and backgrounds to help with our careers related events so if you can offer any support or have any other questions, please contact Vicky Brenton, Careers and Transition Manager – Email: Tel: 01249 650693

Career Research Websites

General Careers Advice – This is a great website giving lots of information about all the different options available for future work and study in the South West. – This is produced by Wiltshire Council and contains useful local labour market information. has useful tools that will help you to choose a career and give you career suggestions and create a CV. You can also talk to an adviser for free on 0800 100900.  – This is a great website for exploring different careers by watching films about what it’s like to work in a wide variety of jobs. – A visual quiz that matches you to HE courses, careers and apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships – The main site to research and find apprenticeships. – This provides a useful ‘Parents Pack’ and information about employers offering apprenticeships. – Search for apprenticeships, traineeships, internships, work experience and jobs. – This provides information on the opportunities available after school – for training, employment, sponsored degrees, etc.

Job Searching – create a CV and find jobs. – a job search website.

Graduate Careers and University Advice

www.ucas.comUCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. Not only do UCAS process more than two million applications for full-time undergraduate courses every year, but they also help students to find the right course. – This is all about graduate jobs and is the UK’s leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. You can see what jobs different degree subjects can lead to and search actual graduate vacancies. – This is a good site to look at if you have no idea what you might like to study. It has a subject’s interest questionnaire which provides degree subject suggestions based on your answers. – The Which? University guide has lots of information and filters to help you find a course to suit your needs. – This is a good site (with free app) to help plan a future degree. Users can identify A level subjects and see what degrees people usually go on to do and what careers people progress on to from different degrees. – The Guardian University Guide has information on every subject taught at universities in the UK ranked in league tables, also has subject profile information. – university league tables. – A good site for comparing University courses and ordering prospectuses. – Search for University scholarships, grants and bursaries. – details of university open days.

Gap Years and Volunteering – information and advice about gap years. – job opportunities in America – temporary and summer jobs. – volunteering opportunities. – volunteering opportunities.