Careers Education

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The Careers Team:
Mr Mark Fenn: SLT Careers Lead
Miss Lisa Homewood: Careers & WEX Coordinator
Mrs Rebecca Pointer: Careers Advisor

To contact the Careers team at Hugh Christie: 
Telephone: 01732 353544 ext. 250 
Email: lhomewood@tonbridgefederation.co.uk.

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.

Review & Monitoring

The careers curriculum is evaluated through the use of student surveys and monitoring the number of NEETs at the end of KS4 and KS5.

The Head of School reports this data to the Governing body twice a year and the annual careers development plan is approved by the Governors and the start of each academic cycle. The designated Governor, responsible for careers, monitors the progress regularly.

Careers Overview


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.

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.

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.

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.

Sixth Form

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.

Links to Virtual Work Experience (VWEX):

If your child would like to take part in some Virtual Work Experience, please see some helpful links below.

 N.B *Age restrictions vary and although many experiences are free, there is a small charge for some. Please check when registering

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Useful Links

Top Five Career Advice Articles and Advice

Supporting Your Child Through Their GCSEs | Success At School

Top Revision Techniques | Exam Revision Techniques (successatschool.org)

How Parents Can Help Teenagers Find a Summer Job (successatschool.org)

GCSE options: Should I Continue Studying or Look for Work? (successatschool.org)

Revision Timetable Template | How To Plan Your Revision (successatschool.org)

For Applications to Post 16 Destinations - www.kentprospectus.co.uk

National Careers Service -  https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Pathway CTM - https://pathwayctm.com/for-school-leavers

Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Get career smart and Register today! - https://successatschool.org

Target Careers - Inspiring possibilities for school leavers - https://targetcareers.co.uk

Barclays Life Skills and Wheel of Strength - https://barclayslifeskills.com/young-people/

Fledglink gets you prepared for life after education, helps you make better decisions and then lands you the ideal job – all from a single app - https://fledglink.com

Careerpilot - Plan your future work & study


FutureLearn - Free CV Templates | Learn how to craft a standout CV 

Not Going To Uni - Apprenticeships & Work Experience in the UK


Explore CareersArticles Archive - iClould

BBC Bitesize - Careers


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