The Saint John Henry Newman’s School vision for Careers.

Key Stage 3 and 4

At The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School high quality impartial careers guidance will help pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. They will be prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employments or training. We believe that pupils should have the opportunity to become aware of their unique talents and the opportunities these can lead to.

The careers department is constantly looking for new opportunities for our pupils. If you feel you can help in any way please contact Patricia Brown, Careers,

Key Stage 5

At The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School students will receive high quality impartial careers guidance that prepares them for their chosen next steps and enables them to make well informed decisions about their future plans

Our Goals: Our Careers work reflects the Gatsby Benchmarks developing core employability skills through subject teaching experiences with employers and individual guidance sessions. We work with a range of partners including the Careers and Enterprise Company, Adecco, Airbus, MBDA, GSK, Anglian Water, Willmott Dixon, Herts Police and JHN Alumni. We belong to Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Careers Hub and share ideas with partner schools and businesses within the county.

If you are a business leader or employee and could offer us support, please contact us on

virtual careers event

Wider Educational Provider Access

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of other educational providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about other education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. Moreover, we welcome providers into school, and are happy to send information about the range of opportunities to our pupils and their families.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in Years 8-13 are entitled:

to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs Patricia Brown.

Telephone: 01438314643; Email:

Opportunities to access several events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. We always welcome opportunities to extend the understanding of our pupils on the different routes and pathways which are available to them. Please contact us to hear more about possible opportunities.

Leadership of Careers at Saint John Henry Newman School

Mrs W Howard-Deputy Head I/C pastoral and life skills
Mrs P Brown- Careers lead
Miss J Moles- Apprenticeship champion

National Careers Week

Useful Careers Websites for Parents and Guardians

We understand that it can be difficult to know where to start when discussing possible career pathways with your child. These websites are some we have used in school and have found to be useful, informative and straightforward to use.

General guidance and information on opportunities


The Unifrog careers platform is an extremely powerful tool and will enable you to search for and find out more about all courses (including apprenticeships, degree courses and local training opportunities) in a way that can be adapted to the needs of your child. Your child already has a login and we can provide one for you separately if you would like. Please contact Mrs Brown for the code. In addition to this, Unifrog enables your child to keep a record of their developing career focussed achievements, so at application time this is in one place.

National Careers Service:

This government website is designed to support careers education from the age of 13 onwards.

General Career’s information - workplace skills development

Barclays Lifeskills:

Once you have registered you can search a wide range of information on areas of employment experiencing shortages of skilled applicants, the skills and qualities businesses are looking for and the steps young people need to take to help them get employment ready. Some of the activities on this site are used in school in Lifeskills lessons, and there are many thought provoking areas toconsider.

BBC Bitesize:

This fun and engaging website is perfect for pupils in KS3 to explore a variety of career options and pathways in a format that they are familiar with. With a wide variety of sections and links to video clips and further information, this makes a great starting point for careers discussions.

Information about Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships Get in Go Far:

This site is run by the government and provides information about the full range of apprenticeships available. It also contains useful links to further information and clips for tailored to pupils.

Apprenticeships Applications:

This is the government’s national website. It lists every apprenticeship that is available at that moment in time. There are application links to enable you to apply directly. The apprenticeships can be sorted by level, and include the rapidly growing sector of Degree Apprenticeships.

Not Going to Uni:

This site has a very wide range of information including on all levels of apprenticeships, gap year work, summer schools, industrial placements and university life. It is easy to navigate and is updated frequently. It is possible to sort vacancies by level and field of interest. Information about university applications, courses and events (summer schools, open days, etc…)


UCAS continues to be the platform that students will use to apply for university. It also allows students to start their search process and research different university courses. It also contains information about university fees and student loans. It also has an apprenticeship section.

Uni Taster Days:

This is an award-winning directory of all university events - including open days, taster sessions, summer schools, evening lectures and so on. You can search for specific places, or by field of study. It is updated regularly, and includes contacts to apply for the event.

Which? University:

Which? University is designed to provide impartial advice and comparisons of universities. It can be helpful to gather advice from independent experts in their field. Within the site there is a specific section for parents and carers:

Public Sector Career Websites

Step into the NHS:

This site is managed by the NHS and provides a comprehensive guide to applying for any NHS role. It includes videos and guides to the 350 career paths available within the NHS.

Get Into Teaching:

This site is managed by the DfE and provides comprehensive coverage about the various routes into teaching. STAGS is part of the Albans Teaching Federation, which provides a variety of Teach Direct placements. Please see their site for details of current opportunities:

Military Careers



Air Force

Pupils who are interested in a military career should research the website for that specific area. The forces also recommended that they join their local cadet force, as this will also provide them with up to date information and advice about a military career.

The Police:

These sites provide information about the various routes into working in the uniformed police, and includes details of the application process for the civilian roles.

Civil Service

National Government

Local Government


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Unifrog is a complete destinations platform that allows students to search for opportunities and make applications for their next steps. 


Unifrog letter

How to sign up to Unifrog

How to sign up to Unifrog - Students. Download PowerPoint

How to sign up to Unifrog - Parents. Download PowerPoint

Useful Resources

Activities Tool

This PowerPoint takes you through how to use the Activities tool.  Download PowerPoint

Competencies Tool

This PowerPoint and video take you through how to use the Competencies tool. Download PowerPoint

Intentions Tool

This PowerPoint  takes you through how to use the Intentions tool. Download PowerPoint Here

CV Tool

This PowerPoint and video take you through how to use the CV tool. Download PowerPoint Here

Apprenticeship Tool

This PowerPoint and video take you through how to use the Apprenticeship tool. Download PowerPoint Here

University  Tool

This PowerPoint and video take you through how to use the UK University tool. Download PowerPoint Here

College and Sixth Form Tool

This PowerPoint and video take you through how to use the College and Sixth Form tool. Download PowerPoint Here

Careerometer 2

Every student and parent should have access to good quality information about Labour Market opportunities. Careerometer 2 enables our students to review and compare different occupations, what they involve and what the potential earnings can be.