King James' School

Careers Provision

Careers Provision


King James’s School is committed to providing a high quality planned programme of careers education and guidance for all students from Years 7 to 13. Our aims support those of the National Curriculum and in particular prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. 


Careers Lead: Mrs Lucy Hazelton.


Key themes running through the programme are:-

  • Self-Awareness - helping young people assess their own interests, skills, strengths and weaknesses, recording their experiences and developing their capabilities. 
  • Careers Research - using resources, accessing specialist knowledge, investigating and weighing up the opportunities in learning and work. 
  • Career Decisions - helping young people make realistic but ambitious careers decisions and manage the transition from one stage to another e.g. from Year 9 to Year 10, Sixth Form to Higher Education.


If you would like more information about any aspect of careers support at King James’s School, please contact our Careers & Alternative Curriculum Co-ordinator, Mrs Lucy Hazelton (01423 866061).


The Careers Programme

We have a very active programme which includes:-

  • The Real Game - a work simulation programme in Years 7 & 8
  • Visiting speakers from local employers, colleges, universities, etc.
  • Careers Events - Year 9 Options, Careers Fair
  • Careers Interviews - all parents are invited to attend meetings
  • Support with university and college applications and job search

Our service includes:-

  • Access to advice and guidance from a professional Careers Adviser throughout the week
  • Advice which is impartial and which promotes equal opportunity
  • Access to up-to-date information on all career options via a variety of resources, both online and book based
  • Careers Software programmes to help students with career matching, job information and ideas for Higher Education
  • Attending many functions in school, including parents evenings
  • Support with transition into King James’s School and onto the next step of their education/employment for all students with SEN and Sixth Form

In Year 11 emphasis is placed on students having individual guidance to help them make decisions post-16. Careers Advice in Years 12 and 13 builds on earlier work with students taking more responsibility for their own research. 


Impact of Our Careers Education and Guidance Programme

The impact of Careers Education and guidance activities is evaluated by :

  • Accurate destination data of our students - NEET consistently below the national average and lower than 1%
  • Producing students who are confident to explore all options available and identify the best pathway for them based on their attainment and ambition.
  • Producing young people who are equipped with the knowledge as how, when and where to seek guidance in a fluid local and global market.

We know we have been successful when we have continued positive outcomes for all out students Post 16 and Post 18 in a varied range of destinations. Post 16 destinations include King James’s School Sixth Form, Other local Sixth Form Schools, Colleges, Apprenticeships and traineeships. Post 18 destinations include University, Higher and Degree Apprenticeship, GAP Year and Employment.


Useful Links

Visit the Careers Its Learning page where you can find lots of useful resources and information relating to Careers. 
All current apprenticeship vacancies can be found on this website - you can register and receive information on new vacancies as they arise - Intermediate, advanced and higher level apprenticeships available     
Advice and guidance on A Level subject and course choice from Which? University.  Find out the best A-Level options to take for your future career path   
One stop shop for all the information you need on university courses - full and part-time, entry requirements, how to apply, important dates to remember, clearing etc with links directly to university websites and now Degree Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships - This also has a parental section with really useful and relevant information
Informed Choices brings together guidance from admissions teams at Russell Group universities to give pupils clear information about the subjects they should consider if they are hoping to progress to a competitive university.      password: peeffu88       Highly Recommend

One stop shop - information on careers, year 9 options, Post 16 / 18 options, job search, labour market information, how to write a cv, scholarships, gap years, studying abroad and much more 
other post 18 options available - including employment opportunities 
Government website detailing a range of support and activities available to support young people with options including GCSE, Post 16 /18, via email or telephone.


Careers Provision