Sandringham School provides careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to students at all stages of their school career.
We firmly believe that it is our role to ensure students are informed, have opportunities to reflect, have access to a wide range of careers opportunities and are thus able to make informed choices about each step of their career.
The Careers Team
Careers Leader: Jo Cavanagh, Assistant Headteacher
Careers Coordinator: Binh Tang
Sixth Form Careers and Apprenticeship Coordinator: Vivienne Boost
Careers Governor: Luke Sieger
Our Careers Programme
Sandringham is committed to providing the highest quality careers provision and has ensured that the government’s required Gatsby Benchmarks are in place within our extensive careers programme. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are as follows:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
A document outlining how we are meeting these benchmarks at Sandringham can be downloaded here:
Below we outline key careers events that make up a significant part of our careers programme. For all students, we provide access to a careers library, situated in the school Learning Resource Centre, access to personal guidance from an independent YC Hertfordshire Careers Advisor and provide students with a range of careers information and advice through the whole-school Personal Development curriculum. In addition, we are proud to provide the following range of bespoke opportunities for each year group to support students on their careers journey.
Our Careers Strategy for 2020-2021 can be downloaded here:
Work shadowing day
In Year 7, all students have the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a parent or family friend at work. This enables students to get a taste of the workplace and begin to consider future career pathways.
All students in Year 8 attend termly presentations from a range of employers across a variety of industry sectors where they hear more about the world of work and pathways to different careers. We work with a variety of local and national employers, from the NHS through to publishing companies and leading engineering companies.
Careers Aspiration Day
All students in Year 9 engage in an Extended Learning Day that focuses on their future career pathways. This includes meeting sixth formers, university students, apprenticeship providers and employers. Students are also supported to engage in their own careers research by YC Hertfordshire advisors.
Year 9 into 10 Transition
As students select their options for GCSE, all Year 9 students are supported through a Year 9 into 10 Options Evening, one to one options personal guidance sessions and optional personal sessions with advisors from YC Hertfordshire.
University Aspiration Day
All Year 10 students experience an Extended Learning Day where they visit a university (e.g. Brunel, Hertfordshire, Oxford, Cambridge) in order to get a taste of university life. This includes campus tours, sample course activities and opportunities to meet students and university staff.
From Year 10 onwards, students are invited to engage with Morrisby Testing, an independent careers profiling service, followed by a one-to-one feedback interview with an independent careers advisor. This can play a valuable role in supporting students to consider their career pathway.
All Year 10 students engage in work experience for a week during E Week. Students have scope to seek out their own placements or select those provided by our partners, YC Hertfordshire. This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in work, build their skills and consider their personal career pathway.
‘You’re Hired’ Extended Learning Day
All Year 11 students take part in an Extended Learning Day focusing on building confidence on their chosen career pathway. Each student prepares their own CV, getting feedback from a professional. Students are given mock interviews by an employer and supported to reflect on this. Furthermore, they are given the opportunity to meet local colleges and to learn more about apprenticeships and career pathways.
Sixth Form and College Transition
All Year 11 students are supported as they make the transition beyond Year 11 to further education and training. All students receive one-to-one Sixth Form/College Options guidance sessions. The school’s Into the Sixth Evening provides valuable information about life in the Sixth Form. YC Hertfordshire provide information about college pathways at Year 11 events and students can opt for personal guidance meetings also.
In the Sixth Form, all students are supported to organise their own workplace visits in February. This plays a key role in their future applications to apprenticeships and universities.
During E Week, all Year 12 students take part in a series of ‘Futures’ events including meeting representatives from universities, a range of careers and apprenticeship providers. Students learn about the UCAS process in detail empowering them to make competitive applications. Students interested in applying for apprenticeships are provided with a bespoke programme of support and events to ensure they are successful in securing the very best places available. For students interested in applying for Oxbridge, Medicine or Veterinary Science, there is also a bespoke programme in place.
All students engage in an Extended Learning Day to seek advice and complete applications to the highest standard.
Students applying to university are supported to attend at least two universities in order to learn more about their chosen courses and the different university provision on offer to them.
All Sixth Form student receive a termly newsletter to keep them updated about work experience placements, apprenticeship opportunities, careers and university taster days. This is a valuable source of information for students.
For further information on careers and higher education provision, including access to the Careers Newsletter, please click here.
We are always looking for further support in delivering our careers education programme. If you would like to get involved – including workshops, employer talks, work experience placements, or sharing your own career journey with our students – please contact us by emailing our Careers Coordinator: Binh Tang via email@example.com
Sandringham works closely with YC Hertfordshire to provide support to our students. In addition to attending ELDs, Ms Nicky Honeywell, Personal Advisor from YC Hertfordshire, visits our school every Thursday to provide one-to-one impartial personal careers information, advice, guidance and support to students in Years 8 and above, the majority being at key transition stages in Years 9, 11 and 13.
All students in Years 7-13 have access to Unifrog, the school’s online careers platform, allowing them to access quality information about future study options and labour market information. Using their own personal account, they can research careers and subjects for different pathways, record and evidence key career activities and experiences, compare university courses, apprenticeships and FE courses, among other things.
Students can login to their account anytime here.
Labour Market Information
Accurate and up-to-date Labour Market Information (LMI) plays a key role in raising aspirations and promoting social mobility. Students are taught how to find and process information from Year 7 onwards during Extended Learning Days and during Personal Development lessons.
The Careerometer below provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.