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The Team 2018-19                  

  • Miss L Homewood - Careers and Work Experience Coordinator
  • Mr J Drinkwater - Careers Advisor

To contact the careers team at Hugh Christie School please telephone 01732 353544 ext. 250 or email
The Careers programme at Hugh Christie School is designed to provide all students with the education, information, advice and guidance to help them make the right decisions and develop the skills needed to manage their future careers. The programme aims to raise aspirations and support students to achieve their full potential whilst they are in school and in future in their chosen pathways.

Careers Programme Outline

Careers Provider Access Policy

Students start in Year 7 and Year 8 with a general introduction to the ‘world-of-work’ and have opportunities to explore ‘self’ and personal preferences. Students are given an overview of all the possible pathways, including apprenticeships, with this approach being refined throughout the remainder of their time at school.
In Year 9, students start their formal careers curriculum during the ‘Focus Five’, an off-timetable PHSE week, where they are introduced to a range of options, including a visit to a University and have a dedicated opportunity to develop employability skills. The school has significant partnerships with a wide range of local and national employers in the ‘Futures Programme’ with these relationships having been built up over many years.
In year 10 and 12, students take part in one or two weeks’ work-experience based on their choices of possible careers developed in Year 9. There are many opportunities to visit a range of external careers events and employers and all students are invited to take part in the annual ‘Futures Exchange’, an in-house career fair with over 70 employers (2016) in attendance.
In Year 11, advisors work with individual students to ensure they all have an identified pathway post-16. Where appropriate, students are given independent and impartial careers advice and information from professionally qualified staff throughout their time at school with a particular focus on 1:1 career discussions in Years 11, 12 and 13. The impact of this work is that destinations that are in sustained education or employment / training are at the national average.
In Year 12 and Year 13 we provide a specific employability programme for the students through our partnership with a social enterprise organisations, Pathway CTM. This 6th form programme provides opportunities for students to visit and work with high quality employers such as Sky, IBM, EY, KPMG, AXA Insurance and Fidelity. The content includes assessment days, CV preparation (including video CVs), company insights days, work experience and individual mentoring and is completely FREE to Hugh Christie students.
All students across the school, irrespective of age or background, have access to independent and impartial careers guidance support with an independent Career Advisor who visits the school each week.  Students also benefit from a dedicated Careers Management specialist in school who has a breadth of experience and knowledge of education, industry and commerce.  
There is a focus on making all students aware of the opportunities that Further and Higher Education has to offer including apprenticeships.  Strong links with local schools, colleges and universities provide up to date information and the chance for students to experience at first hand a range of aspects including university life.  All students are guided and supported through the 6th form and/or college application process via a series of activities including a university visit, individual guidance and Post-16 options evening.
Alongside activities relating to Further and Higher Education are work-related learning activities, providing insight into career progression beyond education. Year 10 undertake one week of work experience in a range of professions, both locally in the borough and further afield in Kent, Medway and central London.  Links with local and larger corporate employers are used to raise awareness of the different routes into professions such as accountancy, law, and engineering – as well as more practical placements in industries such as construction, mechanics and hair and beauty. There is a wide range of opportunity for students to visit careers fairs and local careers events throughout the academic year.
It is recognised that the ‘world-of-work’ is changing rapidly and decisions about future pathways is becoming ever-increasingly complex and difficult for students. The availability of information about future careers and a multitude of different routes into work can make this process confusing and stressful. However, we take great pride in our ‘Futures programme’ and the expert advice and support on-hand to help students navigate through these processes.
Please use links below to investigate different pathways and opportunities:-


There is currently a great deal of useful careers information online to help you to think about what you might want to do after school. Parents, teachers and friends can help you to explore careers and jobs and to identify your skills and aptitudes - this will help you to make choices. Listed below are Website's you may wish to use to help you as you search amongst all the opportunities that are available.

POST 16 Link:
Or click here for a PDF on getting started - students should open a “Lifelong Learning Account”. - FastTomato (Morrisby) has become one of the most popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. It is accurate, relevant, easy to use and excellent value for money. We encourage all students to create an account using the schools access code which can be obtained from Miss Homewood. - The UK's Premier Source of Student and School Leaver Career and Course Information. - interactive site providing videos and articles about your areas of interest. Also enjoy a quick, fun careers & personality test which can suggest career paths. – watch short videos and see current news about masses of different sectors, includes a “skills explorer” to help you and information about apprenticeships and going to university. – interactive site includes a 20 minute career test which provides a good career exploration tool and noticeboard - use this site to search for explore and compare courses at schools, academies, colleges and work-based learning providers. You can also search by institution and you need to be aware that the courses (which include apprenticeships) are at GCSE or A level (and equivalent). - Search, explore and compare courses at schools, academies, colleges and work-based learning providers - jobs, courses and apprenticeships. Includes advice and case studies, lots of different skills areas from accountancy to IT, Carpentry to the Merchant Navy. - free resume writing tips and advice, CV help and interview tips.

Information about Careers for Young people in Kent

Kent County Council offers confidential information, advice and guidance to 13-19 year olds in Kent on careers, courses, jobs, training, apprenticeships, education, health, money, housing and relationships.

It also supports young people up to the age of 25 who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Students in year 11 will receive an access code  through the post on 7th November which they will need to log on to the site with to make their post 16 applications. Students will be supported with this in school but are strongly encouraged to discuss and make their applications with the help of parents/carers at home. 

Careers advice

Our Careers Adviser, John Drinkwater, will help you make plans for your future and advise you on:

  • Career ideas
  • Subject choices
  • Going to university
  • Local job opportunities
  • Sixth Form/Further Education options
  • Apprenticeships/jobs with training
  • Volunteering