Academic: Career Guidance

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Career Guidance at TBSHS

Our Vision

The Careers Service aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, information and skills required to make informed choices about suitable courses at School, College and University and about the opportunities available with regard to jobs in the ‘real world’.

The Service aims to enable pupils to receive accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance about the options which are open to them and the progression routes to which those options lead.

To achieve these aims pupils have Careers and Work Related Learning lessons as part of PSHE, compulsory Work Experience in Years 10 and 12 – plus any additional work experience in the Sixth Form as and when required.  There are numerous careers themed careers assemblies throughout the school year for all year groups including presentations on different further education options.

Pupils also have access to the school’s Careers Advisor as well as access to a comprehensive careers library, housed within the main school library.  Refreshed weekly, both the student Daily Notices and the Parent Bulletin also highlight many opportunities available plus there are links to websites with tips and advice for careers, apprenticeships and further education.

Programmes of Study

Careers Education and Guidance at TBSHS currently follows the statutory programme, providing a planned programme of Careers Education throughout the school. Information about opportunities in learning and work with advice and guidance is given.

The programme of Careers Education takes place in Years 7 to 9 as part of the PSHE framework. Individual guidance is given by tutors and on dedicated target days.  In Year 7, Work Related Learning (WRL) is delivered as part of PHSE, through modules on friendship, family relationships and personal qualities. Each of these help students to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures

In Year 8, WRL is again delivered as part of PHSE. A comprehensive programme to help students with options choices is in place from the beginning of the year. In Years 9, 10 and 11 students have individual guidance by tutors and academic mentoring to track progress. As the major part of WRL, the whole Year 10 cohort of students go out on Work Experience in June each year and they have access to the school’s Careers Advisor;  Year 11 take priority with regard to access to our advisor. The Headteacher and Senior Management interview Year 11 pupils with regard to their future options.

 Year 10 Work Experience Briefing








In Years 10 & 12 pupils follow a programme which covers; the skills required in the modern world, applying for jobs, the curriculum vitae, completing application forms, WRL and preparing for Work Experience.

In Year 11 pupils follow a programme covering economic wellbeing, including skills for enterprise and employability, how businesses operate and how to make informed career choices. Some students are selected to be involved in apprenticeship talks and all students listen to a careers talk about post 16 options.

For Sixth Form careers information, please see ‘Life After TBSHS’ within the Sixth Form section of the school’s website.

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National Apprenticeship Week 3rd- 7th February 2020

            National Careers Week 2nd - 7th March 2020

More information nearer the time!

Claire Jonas
The Bishop’s Stortford High School
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Online Careers Information for Students


Excellent free website with questionnaire, articles, careers videos & info.


Buzz Quiz takes five minutes and identifies your ‘animal’ profile! Results include strengths & likely suitable careers areas, videos & articles.

All About Careers

Info & advice – springboard into job market for students, graduates & school leavers.

National Careers Service

Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.  Info on CVs, skills health check reports, action plans, course searches, job profiles and help to find a job.

UK Coursefinder

University & HE search  - Sacu Student

Questionnaire with links to HE subjects/courses plus careers info & labour market info.

UCAS 16-18 pages

Routes open to you post-16 and careers ideas - The Big Choice

Apprenticeship & careers advice - Total Jobs

Jobs & careers advice - Prospects

Online careers advice - Youth Connexions

Advice & support, info on jobs & careers - Bright Network - For free guidance, information and advice, and to find out more about this free student network, click on the link. You will also find listings of internships as well as jobs.  Click here

Amazing Apprenticeships News: June Parents' Pack 
The new June Parents Pack is here and includes interview tips, how to find an LGBT+ inclusive employer, interview with a Capgemini apprentice, staying well at work, how to find the right apprenticeship, and much more.


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National Apprenticeship & National Careers Week

2nd - 7th March 2020 - Keep an eye on this page; more information to follow nearer the time!



National Careers Week 4th – 8th March 2019 

To celebrate National Careers Week, we had a number of special guests visiting school to present careers assemblies to Years 7-11. There were also some activities taking place in form tutor time.


Careers Assemblies during NCW

Year 7 – It was a very enthusiastic and animated Year 7 student cohort who listened to the army presentation.  Darren Lawrence and Corporal Harding from the Army Recruitment Office, Chelmsford showcased just a sample of the 250+ careers that are available in the army.  Both Darren and Corporal Harding commented on how engaged the students were; many of whom asked questions that frequently had our presenters scratching their heads!

Year 8 – We welcomed Philippa Main from the commercial banking arm of Lloyds Bank.  Philippa explained to the students some of the rudiments of tax, VAT and loans.  Philippa was able to link her presentation to Business Studies in the curriculum; one of the options for Year 8 as they head towards their Foundation Year 9.

Year 9 – The students were fascinated to learn about cyber security in industry which included plenty of ‘secret stuff’!  Long-time supporter of the school, Ian Barrel of Raytheon UK visited and explained just how vital it is to have water-tight computer security, all of which linked to the computer science curriculum.

Year 10 – Students in Year 10 were visited by Nick Barnes and ex-student Dan Boulton from local home developer, Weston Homes.  Hearing an ex-student talk to students really brings a presentation to life and we were thrilled to see Dan again.  Weston are certainly thriving locally and have huge and exciting development plans on the horizon.

Year 11 – Our students received an excellent presentation from another developer, Simon Hawkins of Hill who are a major company in the construction industry. Simon revealed how and why the construction industry is the industry of the future – and linked the various careers to the student’s curriculum perfectly.  Those students with a flair for maths and economics will be interested in the theory aspects of the industry whereas more practically-minded students who want to work at the sharp end of construction, will be glad to learn that there will be plenty of jobs and opportunities in the future.

Tutor Group Exercises

Year 7 form groups took part in a light-hearted look at Personality Types.  Following a series of questions, students received a combination of letters that lead to a personality type – which in turn suggested possible careers to consider in the future. It would be interesting to see how accurate these actually are one day!

Years 8-11 form groups took part in a quiz involving the ex-jobs and careers of current TBSHS staff; for instance we have an ex zoo keeper, gravedigger and postman on the staff. I hope the students enjoyed the guessing game – and maybe it will prompt some alternative discussions in the classroom!

Monday’s Focus - RBS Careers – Sponsors of National Careers Week

RBS have some of the best-known names in our industry; Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Coutts, Adam & Company, Ulster Bank, Lombard and many more.  Serving over 19 million customers with headquarters in Edinburgh, there are also offices in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol. It’s a great place to start a career and young people are crucial to the future of RBS – they promise everyone a fulfilling role, fair pay, good leadership and excellent training,

How RBS Are Celebrating National Careers Week

They have launched a new employability website for everyone at school/college or university to gain support with key skills.  There are also films from apprentices, graduates and senior managers with their hints, tips and career insights.  Check it out and visit Career Kickstart –
Read the blogs page to get a behind-the-scenes look at life at RBS – including blogs dedicated to the graduate, intern and apprenticeship programmes.
They’ve updated the school leaver’s brochure and posted it on their website – it’s full of useful information on what programmes are offered and tips on applying.

National Careers Week’s all about helping students make the best decisions about their futures so if you want to find out more about careers at RBS, visit the website.

Tuesday’s Focus – Careers At Sea

Careers at Sea is the national promotional body for the Merchant Navy, the collective name for the commercial shipping industry. Working in partnership with the shipping industry, under the instruction of the Merchant Navy Training Board, Careers at Sea is the most up to date source of unbiased information about the range of careers available to people in the Merchant Navy. Whichever maritime path you consider, a unique way of life packed with challenges and responsibilities awaits. As a Deck, Engineering or Electro-technical Officer you could be in charge of operating and managing commercial ships. While becoming a Rating would make the most of your broad seafaring skills – from navigation and engine room maintenance to Catering, Hospitality and other On-board Services. Click the link for more information on Officer & Ratings routes

Wednesday’s Focus – Health Careers – NHS are sponsors of National Careers Week

Health Careers has information and advice on the 350+ careers in health.  They are part of Health Education England and their aim is to support people in education and at all stages of their career to discover more about the health roles that are available, how to get in and how to get on. Here’s a link to the Step Into the NHS website  The Find your Career quiz is a simple 10 minute quiz which may narrow down some of those 350+ options!

Thursday’s Focus – The IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) – Sponsors of National Careers Week

Click here to play video

With over 150 different job roles in the industry in 9 subsectors there’s something for everyone


39,675,562 vehicles on UK roads today
570,000+ work in the industry in the UK
30,000,000 MOT services are undertaken every year on cars, motorbike, vans and busses
17,000 additional jobs will be created for 2020
£16K-£100K+ salary ranges for different job roles in the sector


The retail automotive industry covers all job roles from when a vehicle leaves the production line to when it gets scrapped.  That’s a lot of job roles, over 150 to be precise. Think about the journey of a vehicle through its lifetime…when it leaves the manufacturers it needs to be transported to a dealership, they need to market the vehicle, sell the vehicle and provide aftercare which includes servicing the vehicle to ensure it runs efficiently and safely.  There’s also a whole sector of accident repair in case you have an accident, giving you an estimate of the damage, getting the parts to fix the vehicle, the body repairers ensure the panels are the correct shape and the expert refinishers make it look as good as new.  Plus, the parts team will need to be involved including warehouse staff and advisors.  In the meantime you may need to use the leasing and renting side of the industry so you can still get about your day to day life. There are all the behind the scenes roles such as finance, management and team leaders to ensure the businesses run day to day - the list goes on and on and this is only with cars - there are also heavy vehicles and motorcycles to consider with their own unique roles too.

Designing The Future

A great way to explore the different sides to the industry is with the IMI’s Business Enterprise Competition. It highlights the different job roles and opportunities as teams design, brand and plan a launch event of their very own vehicles for a target market with a unique selling point.  Culminating in a ‘pitch’ of their new vehicle, the competition showcases marketing, concept design, finance, project management and PR job roles.  Using skills including teamwork, communication, creativity and research the final pitches are judged by industry experts with the winning team being treated to an experience day.  Previous winners have visited Mercedes Benz World and offered Work Experience placements, visits to the Jaguar Land Rover and Bentley manufacturing sites with off road experiences too.  Find out more and enter here

BBC Bitesize – Supporting Careers

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Apprenticeship Activity Pack
Amazing Apprenticeships have created an Activity Pack for National Apprenticeship Week 2019, full of fun and engaging activities for students.

Interactive Apprenticeship Quiz
This fun 10-question multiple choice quiz will encourage students to think about the benefits and opportunities of apprenticeships.

How to launch your career with an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships let you train on the job, earning a salary while you gain qualifications and in some cases even a degree. Here’s a link to guides that help you find the apprenticeship that's right for you. Different Apprenticeships explained Click here

What roles can I train in?

Here are a few apprenticeship roles you might not know existed, click on the following: Graphic Design - Science - Law - Pharmacy - Digital Media - Environment - Journalism

What will it be like?  Find out what doing an apprenticeship is really like, from these real-life apprentices, click on the names: Olivia/technical theatre - Phil/chef - Ellie/event coordination - Megan/signalling and telecoms - Dale/conductor - Ali/business

Ready to apply? There are plenty of school leaver apprenticeships you can apply for today, with everything from law and accountancy to software development and engineering, for example BP is looking for Supply and Trading, Data Analyst and HR apprentices, JLL is hiring an apprentice surveyor, Transport for London has 16 apprenticeships available.

From the website, here’s a Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships click here

The Apprenticeship Quiz The Apprenticeship Quiz is a fun and informative way of finding out more about apprenticeships. This 10-question multiple choice quiz encourages students and adults alike to think about the benefits and opportunities of apprenticeships, click here

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‘Virtual’ STEM Careers Fair – Recordings from Springpod

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Recordings for all the sessions are now available via the on-demand library  Click here

Careers Forum October 2018





















The Bishop’s Stortford High School would like to thank the following employers & educators who kindly gave up their time for the benefit of our students:

Aim Apprenticeships CIC
Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop's Stortford Fire Station
Bishop's Stortford Independent
Bishop's Stortford Police
CCLA Investment
Connect Scaffolding
Contexture Theatre
Down Hall Hotel & Spa
Down Hall Hotel & Spa
Fashion Retail Academy
Ford Motor Company
Freelance Photographer
Harlow College
Hill Developers
HTS Group (Property Repairs) Maintenance & Environment
Institute of Mechanical Engineers
ITVet Ltd
James Davis Physiotherapy
Lloyds Life/London Market Group
Manor of Groves
McLarens Loss Adjusters
Openreach Ltd
PHD Associates
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Project Trust
Raytheon UK
RCA Structures
Restless Ltd
Royal Navy
Rye Street Group
Scantlebury Farm/Bennington Farm
Sporting Futures
Stanley Tees
Stansted Airport Academy
Stansted Airport College
Stort Physio
The Orthodontist Practice
Titan Airways
University of East Anglia
University of Hertfordshire
Weston Homes
William Alexander/Amy Liddell
Writtle College
Xercise4Less, Harlow

Careers Websites

Top websites that young people might find useful are:– Jobs and training for young people, careers sections, opportunities & includes vacancies for School leavers - Nationwide directory of apprenticeships Higher Education courses and apprenticeships

Start Excellent free website with questionnaire, articles, careers videos & info.

Icould Buzz Quiz takes five minutes and identifies your ‘animal’ profile! Results include strengths & likely suitable careers areas, videos & articles.

All About Careers Info & advice – springboard into job market for students, graduates & school leavers.

National Careers Service Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.  Info on CVs, skills health check reports, action plans, course searches, job profiles and help to find a job.

UK Coursefinder University & HE search

Sacu Student Questionnaire with links to HE subjects/courses plus careers info & labour market info.

UCAS 16-18 pages Routes open to you post-16 and careers ideas

The Big Choice Apprenticeship & careers advice

Total Jobs Jobs & careers advice

Prospects Online careers advice and - are both directories of UK further education courses - is a link to a directory of services available via the government website

National Careers Week 2019 - 4th - 9th March
National Careers Week & National Apprenticeship Week 2018

The biggest careers events of the year take place this week - National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week; a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. Their aims are to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar and help support young people leaving education. Careers and Apprenticeship Weeks also encourage us to bring together students and advisers through special careers events and activities.

Please find below just some of the information rolled out to our students.


There are many websites dedicated to information and opportunities, please find below links to just some that are available:

Government Website – National Apprenticeship Week  Click here

Find an Apprenticeship  Click here

Information on Apprenticeship Roles click here

Key Facts Click here

Apprenticeship Guide Explore the following website - it has some excellent information on apprenticeships

Click here and click here

‘All About Apprenticeships’  Click here

Everything you need to know about Degree Apprenticeships Click here

What to look for in Apprenticeships Click here

Finally - How Much is the Apprenticeship Wage? Click here

See Post-16 Brochure & Options for more local Colleges and Further Education contacts

National Careers Week

Here’s a link to the NCS home page – you can even download the 2016 magazine which is packed full of fantastic careers advice plus information on jobs of the future.

Motivation Monday! See link to find 60 Second Interviews and maybe find a job role you can identify with.What draws them to the profession? What do they think looks challenging? 60 Second Job Tours

Talent Tuesday Every job requires young people to have a range of skills. Challenge yourself to discover the key skills that you might already have, this may help: check out this guide to the skills that employers want.  Make a checklist of what skills you have already and which that need work.

Career Zone Wednesday Wednesday’s challenge from Success at Schools is to head over to Career Zones. These pages give you the low-down on what all the work sectors are and what roles students could do. What roles match their skills? What careers do you like the sound of? If you’re ready for the next step, jump on to the Employers page, where you can read about different organisations and see what they're looking for in employees.

CV Template Thursday. Now you've got some skills & work experience under your belts, it's time to give your CV's a makeover.  Start by reading this guide which covers all the CV dos and don'ts.  Then, use this template to create your own CV  CV – Writing a Blinder

Friday Fun-day  Make working on your career and fun – complete your profiles by looking at the subjects section. What are you studying? What are you gaining from each? Explore here

Tutor Group Discussion: Form Tutor Time; Topics for Discussion

Entrepreneurial careers