Careers at Hugh Christie

Futures Team:

Mr Mark Fenn: Careers Leader

Miss Lisa Homewood: Careers & WEX Coordinator

Mr John Drinkwater: Careers Advisor

To contact the Futures team at Hugh Christie. 


Telephone: 01732 353544 ext. 250 


Email: Lhomewood@tonbridgefederation.co.uk.

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Our Goals & Outlines

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.

Our Careers Advisers, 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

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. 

Year 7 & 8

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.

Work Experience

Year 10 & 12

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.


12 & 13

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.

Year 9

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.

Year 11

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.


There is 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.