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Careers, employability and aspirations

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What we offer

We encourage students to think about their future careers and employment from Year 7 all the way to Year 13.

We provide an extensive programme of activities which aim to raise student aspirations and to open their minds to different ideas and opportunities as they think about their futures beyond school. Our programme is structured around the following themes:  


  • Who Am I? – self-reflection and discovery  
  • Information and Opportunities  
  • Inspiration and encounters with the world of work  
  • Employability skills  
  • Next Steps – transitions and destinations  

Activities include  external speakers in assemblies, trips to externally organised careers/employability or university fairs, employability workshops, and  visits to a wide variety of workplaces and companies.   


We aim to ensure information is shared widely and use Google Classroom to communicate weekly with key year groups. We include Careers updates in the termly Newsletter and send half termly Careers updates to KS4 and 5 parents.

Gatsby Benchmark

The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed on behalf of the Gatsby Foundation by Sir John Holman. They define what world class careers provision in education looks like and provide a clear framework for organising the careers provision at your school or college.

The benchmarks are enshrined in statutory guidance and as a Careers Leader, it is your responsibility to oversee the implementation of the benchmarks in your education setting.

A stable careers programme ​
Learning from careers and labour market information  ​
Addressing the needs of each student
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Encounters with employers and employees
Experiences of workplaces
Encounters with further and higher education
Personal guidance

Our Careers Journey

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Online resources


We subscribe to the online careers resource UNIFROG, which offers a Careers Library, information on post-16 and post-18 training and education, support in choosing options, writing CVs and applications, and a record of all the Careers interactions students have had at school.  UNIFROG is regularly used in KS4 tutor times and in our PSHE curriculum for all KS3 students.

Students can log on at

Parents and carers can use Unifrog too! Please create your own account and explore the resources by going to, choose to ‘sign in for the first time’ and use the code CHRBPARENTS.

Youth Opportunities newsletter

Young people can sign up to this newsletter to receive updates on local vacancy opportunities and support including part-time jobs, internships and apprenticeship opportunities, as well as CV support and virtual work experience.

Sign up to The Youth Opportunities Newsletter

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Our Team

Please contact the following members of our team for any career-related queries.

Careers Lead & Advisor:

Francesca Hall                
Tel: 020 3873 2290 Extension: 3055

AHT Personal Development:

Florence Anderson

Careers & Destinations Coordinator:

Sophie Adebimpe        

Governor for Careers:

Rebecca Kaloo                          

Destinations Week

We run 'Destinations Week' each year in the summer term for all our Year 12 students.

 This is a  week of inspiring talks and workshops which will help students to prepare for their future destinations in further education, apprenticeships or work. We also run workshops on a variety of life skills, and offer all Year 12 students a practice interview with volunteers representing a wide range of industries and organisations.

Could you help inspire the next generation?  


If you have skills or expertise which you could share with our students please contact us using the emails above. We are always looking for volunteers to speak in assemblies, deliver small group talks, host a stand at careers fairs or run practice interview sessions.  

Work Experience

Each year, our Year 10 and Year 12 students complete a week of work experience with an employer.

Each year, our Year 10 students complete a week of work experience with an employer.

Students are given advice and support in school to prepare a CV and to contact employers to find a suitable placement. This helps them to learn about how to describe their skills and talents in a CV, and how to approach businesses and organisations when looking for work.  

In recent years we have had students heading off to work in a wide range of interesting places from schools and hospitals, to film sets and engineering firms. Work experience is a valued part of our KS4 curriculum as it gives our young people the opportunity to find out more about the world of work and teaches them valuable skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping and organisation.  

In Year 12, students are supported to secure a further work experience placement in the summer between Year 12 and 13.  

Careers Fair

We host a Careers Fair every year in school where students have the opportunity to meet employers and individual professionals from a wide range of employment sectors and training providers.

Students can find out about apprenticeships, further and higher education, and career options.


The school also works closely with local businesses and organisations to provide mentors and work experience for students in year 10 and year 12 as they look to explore their chosen career paths further. We have excellent links with world class organisations such as PWC, Transport for London, Kings College Hospital,O2, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Theatre.