There is an organised programme of preparation for higher education, apprenticeships and employment delivered by the Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Head of Sixth Form, the Head of Year 12 and form tutors. In addition, information evenings for parents take place in Years 12 and 13. Speakers are invited from universities, apprenticeship schemes, professions and the worlds of business and finance. Students are encouraged to take part in open days and taster courses. There is a dedicated class to support students who are seeking employment and apprenticeship opportunities. Successful alumnae are often invited to speak to students.

We are fortunate to be one of the first schools to take part in the ‘Join the Dots’ programme which is run by the Brilliant Club. It involves mentoring and coaching to help pupils bridge the gap between school and university.

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in the ‘I can you can too’ scheme. This is a new programme which aims to help pupils secure apprenticeships and university places. It involves coaching, mentoring, and special projects outside school. Pupils can
apply to take part in the programme in the Autumn term.

The school is also a participant in the ‘Join the Dots’ scheme which helps to prepare students for life at university.

All pupils in years 7-13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

All pupils at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School take part in a careers programme that:

  1. Is stable and appropriate for all students
  2. Offers encounters with employers, employees, further and higher education institutions
  3. Supports students to develop the skills that are required to be successful in their future pathway
Careers CP Programme

At Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, we offer an extensive tutor programme. CP is dedicated period in tutor groups to discuss relevant careers topics.

Within the careers time we build on seven essential skills employers look for including time management, communication, confidence, problem solving, professionalism, decision making and employability.

Year group What will they cover? Gatsby Benchmark Link
7 ·         Different careers
·         STEM careers
·         Dream job
·         Employability
·         Time management
8 ·         StartProfile (IT)
·         StartProfile modules (IT)
·         Stereotypes in careers
·         Career Pilot (IT)
·         Communication skills
9 ·         StartProfile modules (IT)
·         Self SWOT
·         Enterprise
·         Options booklet/ research
·         Confidence
10 ·         StartProfile modules (IT)
·         CV writing
·         Cover letter
·         Finding work experience opportunities (IT)
·         Problem solving
11 ·         StartProfile modules (IT)
·         Citizenship in the workplace
·         Understanding Sixth Form and College entrance requirements (IT)
·         Digital footprint
·         Teamwork
12 ·         VESPA – start with vision for future and motivation
·         Work experience
·         Oxbridge talk/prep and visits from Queen’s college
·         Cambridge university
·         Medics talk
·         Lessons on personal statements and UCAS prep
·         Talk on apprenticeships
·         Decision making
13 ·         Employment group or UCAS
·         Practice Interviews
·         University experience
·         University Finance
·         Managing your money
·         What happens next? – Extra, Adjustment, clearing
·         Employability
Careers Team

Mr. S Hartley – Governor (Careers) [email protected]

Mrs. C Raper – SLT [email protected]

Mr. A Sterling – Head of Business and Careers Coordinator [email protected]

Mrs N Jarvis – Careers Advisor  [email protected]

Mrs. K Bradley – Careers Administrator [email protected]

Careers Fair

Every year we organise a Careers Fair where we invite employers, universities and colleges to come in and speak to students and parents. This will give students a vital networking opportunity with these contacts.

StartProfile (

Start is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering schools a single starting point to help simplify and improve careers guidance in schools.

By following Start’s structured and progressive activities, the platform caters for all students helping them to make more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time.

Start is:

  • Comprehensive, up-to-date information
  • A flexible framework for delivering careers Year 7-13
  • Help students transition from education to employment
  • Promote the importance of employability
  • Meet statutory duties and Gatsby benchmarks
  • Monitor student engagement and activity
  • Evidence and improve provision

 Start brings together much of the functionality and content provided by other sites, all in to one place. For example, it includes tools such as job suitability profiling and an online record of achievement; as well as content including job profiles, apprenticeship vacancies and course information for all post-16 and 18 providers. Start comes with a structure to guide students (and teachers) through how and when to use the platform. On Start, these are called Modules and students work through them throughout their time at school and college. They are designed to guide students through all the information on Start and ensure that they’re prepared for their next moment of choice

Term 1:

September October November December
Session 1 What is an Apprenticeship? Guest Speaker -via Zoom, Sophie Rand, TFL Apprenticeship opportunities Guest Speaker -via Zoom, David Baumslag, Bank of England Apprenticeship opportunities Workshop on using Microsoft Teams
Session 2 Training schemes available to school leavers Guest Speaker, Freddie, London Institute of Banking and Finance Guest Speaker, Molly Curling, BP Energy Apprenticeship opportunities Interviewing over Zoom
Session 3 CV Workshop Guest Speaker, Tara Martin, Sky Apprenticeship opportunities TBC
Lloyds Bank
Apprenticeship applications
Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact:

Mr. A Sterling or Mrs. K Bradley

Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School

[email protected] or [email protected]

01708 222660