Careers and Next Steps

Careers Co-ordinator – Ms Arden-Hunt

Ms Arden-Hunt can be contacted by phone (01488 682400) or by email on


Careers Education at John O’ Gaunt School is designed to help young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into work. Increasingly the aim is to raise the aspirations of young people and allow them to find out about a wide range of jobs. There is currently a mismatch between the careers that young people want to pursue and the opportunities available.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Choosing a direction in life is always challenging and the vast opportunities of education, training and employment opportunities available to students gets more complex each year. Our CIAG is designed to help students match their skills and choices into future careers.

We track all our students and 99% of our Year 11 students (2020-21) moved into Further Education, Employment, Training or Apprenticeships.

We are committed to high quality careers work. Pupils experience careers focused activities as part of their tutorial/PSHE and collapsed days in every year. We are continually reviewing the experiences that we provide for our youngsters and introducing new opportunities. There is a wide range of extracurricular activities to support transition to post-16 education or training, and then on to higher education.

At John O’ Gaunt we place a great emphasis on our pupils having a wide careers development programme that ensures they are well equipped for moving into the appropriate further education, apprenticeship or workplace.

This starts as soon as they arrive at school in Year 7, to discover their strengths and what makes them tick, understanding how others may see them, and explore subject choices and jobs that could suit them. This builds significantly through Year 8-11. We make every effort to get 100% of our pupils onto the right pathway suitable for their particular skill set and this is done through a rigorous whole school programme. This includes:

  • 30 minute one-to-one individual Work Experience Interviews for Year 10 and Year 11
  • Impartial Advice from our Independent Careers Adviser
  • Access to the Careers Corner in the library for post 16 education and various careers
  • Access to extra help through their tutor as and when required
  • Work-related learning events involving local businesses both on and off site

We are now including online surveys on an annual basis with interested parties to measure and assess the impact of our careers programme, which will be reflected (where relevant) in our careers programme for the following academic year.

John O’Gaunt works closely with our linked governor and the Careers & Enterprise Company to measure our provision against the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

We encourage pupils to start to think about their strengths and how these may influence their future career choices.

In Year 7 all pupils use the ‘Buzz Quiz – I Could’ which encourages pupils to consider their past, present, and future choices.

In Year 8, students explore further opportunities and how their skills are beginning to match their interests.

In Year 9, all pupils participate in ‘The Real Game’, a role play activity which allows pupils to see how school work relates to occupational choices and therefore to lifestyle and income. We have also in conjunction with the EBP and LEP, developed a set of links within the STEM industry for students to try ‘hands on’ experiences, especially for Girls in High Tech industries. Students also start to develop their knowledge of careers in preparation for their GCSE option choices through a series of talks.

John O’ Gaunt actively seek employment engagement, and all students in Year 8 and Year 9 have a two day Work Shadowing Placement in Term 6.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

We focus on the logistics of getting a job; interviews, personal statements and CVs. Every Year 10 pupil participates in the iDAY One-to-One Work Experience preparation, whereby students submit a CV, complete a job application and are interviewed for that role by a local business volunteer.

Our Year 11 programme itself concentrates very much on the transition from school to post 16 choices including Sixth Form, work, further education or one of the many apprenticeships available in the locality. Pupils are made aware of the opportunities locally for further education, and also apprenticeship vacancies. They participate in the futures evening where all local post 16 providers showcase their institution, along with our Independent Careers Adviser, where they can also discuss their options as part of an impartial guidance interview towards the end of Year 10 or once they are in Year 11.

Students are also offered the chance to engage with NCS, talks with local business and to engage at our John O’Gaunt Trade Fair in conjunction with Hungerford Town Council, with the plan to include local apprenticeships.

Provider Access Policy Statement

At John O’Gaunt School, all pupils in Years 8-11 are entitled to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities. Pupils are entitled to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies, group discussions and taster events, and to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

The school makes the main hall, library, classrooms or interview rooms available for discussions between training organisations and pupils, as appropriate to the activity, including AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader, together with any safeguarding requirements (see Safeguarding Policy).

Our expectation is that our current careers programme will:

  • educate, prepare and inspire young people as they make decisions about their future learning and work choices
  • improve their motivation and aspiration
  • develop their career learning skills, knowledge and attributes, and
  • increase their understanding of work-based issues such as prejudice, stereo-typing, discrimination and equal-opportunities.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​‘The only way to do great work, is to love the job you do’ – Steve Jobs

Ofsted Report July 2019

‘Careers information, advice and guidance is a particular strength. Pupils are very well prepared for their next steps’ Careers education and guidance is a strength of the school. Pupils from Year 7 onwards benefit from a range of activities. For example, Years 8 and 9 pupils undertake work shadowing, Year 10 pupils do a week’s work experience, and a number of external business mentors guide and support pupils in their choices. A careers adviser provides impartial advice. As a result, pupils are very well prepared for their next steps.

Parental Advice

It is important to talk to your child about their career plans and encourage them to explore their options. We ensure that parents and guardians receive a copy of the interview for post 16 options and encourage conversations between school, student and home.