Mr J O'Boyle - Careers Leader
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01189 574 730

Year 7 Experience - Addressing the needs of each student

Actively seeking to challenge the stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations.
Students to identify and review their own strengths, interests and qualities.
Identify how these are changing and relate to future employability.

  • Edge (PiXl)
  • University experience
  • Career aspirations tracked by tutors
  • Career Pilot
  • Ignite (Oxford)

Year 8 Experience - Learning from the career and labour market information

Providing students with a clear view of the current market and how opportunities may change in future.
Actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations.
Using inspirational role models to instil resilience, goal setting, hard work and social confidence in pupils and encouraging them to overcome barriers to success.

  • Edge (PiXl)
  • University experience
  • Career pilot
  • Ignite (Oxford)

Year 9 Experience - Helping students to access information on the full range of post 16 choices

Ensuring that students are aware of the full range of opportunities post 16.
Encouraging students to use career websites to research apprenticeships, internships and training

  • World Skills Show at NEC
  • Career Pilot
  • Spotlight on careers
  • Dragons Den
  • Study Higher trips

Year 10 Experience - Building strong links with employers

Developing student’s employability skills and engage with local employers.
Using inspirational role models to instil goal setting, hard work and social confidence in students and encouraging them to overcome barriers.

  • Work Experience
  • Study Higher trips
  • Inspirational talks from outside speakers
  • Scholars programme

Year 11 Experience - Helping students access information on the full range of courses on offer

Providing visits to colleges, universities to help students make more informed choices.
Ensuring students research courses offered by other providers and apprenticeship opportunities.
All year 11s have impartial careers interview.

  • Impartial careers interview with Adviza
  • Oxbridge trips
  • Study higher
  • Scholars programme

The 3 main routes to qualifications are:

  • A Levels - Entry requirements are: 5 x 9-4 grades at GCSE (a 6 or higher is required in some subjects). 3-4 subjects are studied over 2 years
  • BTEC, vocational subjects - Several levels available so entry requirements vary
  • Usually one "industry area" is studied e.g. Hairdressing, Mechanics, I.T
  • Apprenticeship - Several levels are available so entry requirements vary
  • Involves learning the skills for one job is particular

Useful Websites

6Th Form Experience - Helping students access information on post 18 choices

Supporting students with UCAS applications, visits to open days.
Ensure students see the relevance of research and visits when making post 18 choices.

  • Visiting university open days including Oxford
  • Inspirational talks
  • Study Higher
  • Scholars programme

Student Lewis Walmsley taking part in a TV programme on student finance with Martin Lewis (Money saving expert).
Click here to watch


Career Guidance at Blessed Hugh Faringdon School
Lyn Kenward, Careers Adviser

All year 11 students have the opportunity of a careers guidance interview with Lyn Kenward, a Level 6 qualified, experienced careers adviser working for Adviza, an independent careers advice and guidance company.

During this meeting, students explore the variety of options available to them beyond year 11 to enable them to make well informed decisions about their future study and careers.

6th formers can also be seen by self-referral or tutor referral.

Lyn works alongside Mrs Hawkins as part of the school’s careers team on areas of careers education, advice and guidance.

Lyn can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Adviza website http://www.adviza.org.uk/who-am-i/young-person has a range of helpful website links and further information on education, work or training.