The Careers Education Programme is delivered through PSHE lessons, assemblies and through separate Careers Events. We work with a number of supporting organisations on a regular basis such as the Education Business Partnership West Berkshire, Adviza, The Careers and Enterprise Company, STEM, Young Enterprise and  The school is a very active member of the West Berkshire Careers Network, hosting all meetings and the school careers coordinator chairs these meetings.

The Department for Education released guidance in January 2018 and based on this we are currently reviewing our programme to ensure we meet all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks based on the Good Career Guidance well before the national target of 2020.  

A general overview of the current programme follows:

Year 7 and 8
• Reviewing, target setting and the way forward
• Self awareness
• Equal opportunities
The Real Game (including budgeting and money management)
• Careers Planet

Year 9
• The Careers Library
• Where am I now—self assessment
• Decision making skills
• 14+ choices programme (5 sessions including Careers Library, Fast Tomato, Which way now? stereotyping in career planning and progression routes 14-19)
• Reviewing, target setting and the way forward

Year 10 and 11
• Skills for Work Day (including self presentation, assertiveness, communicating effectively, time management and working in a team)
• Learning how to write letters of application, CVs
• Employee’s and employer’s rights and responsibilities
• Work related learning in subject areas (linking subjects studied to careers)
• Self assessment and forward planning
• It’s your choice booklet, “speed dating” and Fast Tomato
• Individual or group interviews with a Careers Personal Adviser
• World Skills trip for selected group to assist with career routes/ideas
• Mock interviews with real employers or learning providers
• 16+ progression routes revisited (including apprenticeships training providers and Further Education)
• Sixth Form evening and induction

Year 12 and 13

• Self assessment and action planning
• Post 17/18 options (including alternatives to Higher Education)
• UCAS research, applications and completing personal statements with support from tutors, House staff, Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Lane, Head of Yr 12 and Head of Yr 13.
• Higher education conference at Reading University
Careers Pathway –
• Use of careers software (e.g. Unifrog, Fast Tomato, Careercompanion)
• Careers interviews with Adviza Personal Adviser
• Mock interviews and employability skills
• Budget management and sources of financial support
• Labour Market Information
• Gap Year opportunities
• Self employment and voluntary work
• Guest speakers

We are very fortunate to have Level 6 qualified careers Advisor at the school who is provided as part of our contract with Adviza. If your son or daughter requires a priority appointment with Mrs Amanda Gill, the careers advisor requests can be made via email to Mrs Denise Seward,

Mrs Gill also attends parents’ information evenings so an informal appointment can be conducted at these times as well as arranging a formal appointment during the school day. Appointments are held in the careers office which is situated in the corridor as you enter school through the main student entrance between the Wormestall and Patterson blocks.

Are you…
• Planning to be rich and famous?
• Unsure what subjects or courses to take in Year 10?
• Puzzled about options at 16+ 17+ or 18+?
• Keen to find out about the best course or career for you?
• Considering a gap year?
then visit St Bart’s bespoke online career library Careercompanion which is an independent and impartial gateway to careers information on the internet or use your Careers Library which is within the main school library.

It contains:
• Job and training information
• Course information
• Information about student finance, taking a year out, voluntary work and a lot more
You can browse brochures, booklets and leaflets or use the IT facilities to clarify ideas, view and print information, or even write your own CV.