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Careers Information

Our mission statement at Sacred Heart High School is to promote education of women so that they can make a difference in our society. In careers education, we believe that students who make the right careers choices will be able to empower themselves to succeed and shape their future. By helping students make the correct decisions in regards to the world of work, we aim to equip them to reach their full potential. We support students by providing them with a range of options to help them achieve their ambitions.

Aims of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Sacred Heart High School to raise students’ aspirations and to broaden their horizons:

  • inspire and to empower students to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points in learning and work
  • provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential
  • provide advice and guidance which is in the best interests of the student
  • provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work
  • develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity

Careers Plan

Sacred Heart High School Careers Plan sets out how the school provides a fit for purpose careers programme which provides our students with the knowledge and inspiration to succeed in their chosen career paths.  Our Careers Plan is based on the CDI Framework for Careers, Enterprise and Employability (2018) and the DfE document "Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools" (January 2018).

The Careers programme is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.  The next review will take place in September 2019.

Careers Annual Plan 2018 to 2020

Career policy 2018 to 2020

The CEIAG Team

At Sacred Heart High School, the CEIAG team co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of the School Careers Plan. The CEIAG team comprise of:

  • Mrs M Serradilla (Careers Leader)
  • Ms E Maton (Senior Leader for Key Stage 3, Senior Leader for CEIAG)
  •                                          (Governor for CEIAG)

In addition, the Careers Plan is supported by both the Pastoral and SEN teams.

To contact The Careers Leader, please email

Provider Access Policy Statement

Providers wishing to access pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about education or training offers should follow the procedure laid down in the Schools Provider Access Policy.

A copy of our Provider Access Policy Statement can be found on our polices page.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Sacred Heart High School Careers plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks:

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme

  • Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by Students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

  • Every Student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Student

  • Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each Student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

  • All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees

  • Every Student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces

  • Every Student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education

  • All Students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

  • Every Student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all Students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Post-16 Pathways and Post-18 Progression

The School provides in-school guidance and independent advice from two external providers.  Mr Gordon Young is employed by the Educational Development Trust and provides careers advice and guidance to our Year 7-11 students.  This guidance is tailored to meet the needs of our students and can either be one-to-one or in small groups.  In addition, we employ the services of careers consultant Deborah Streatfield who is the founder of ‘My Big Career’ and has provided personalised support and advice to students for more than 30 years.  Deborah offers advice and guidance to our senior students on UCAS applications, sixth form college choices and supporting year 9 through their option process.  All Students can request a careers guidance interview by speaking to Mrs Serradilla or with a Head of Year.  Requests can also be made by e-mail to

Employer Links

To support our delivery of careers, the School has strong partnerships with a wide range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our careers programme through:

  • raising aspirations and increasing motivation – helping young people identify educational and occupational goals
  • demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working
  • demonstrating the links between living, learning and earning
  • providing work enrichment opportunities including work experience, workplace visits, guest speakers, curriculum support.

Please see our latest news on the Sacred  Heart Careers Website for examples of the latest careers events and activities.

Current Information and useful resources for students and parents

Start ( is an online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. Start combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability.

Kudos ( is another heavily used online programme. Kudos helps students to access the information they need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training they can do to reach their career destinations.

The National Careers Service (  provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).  Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).  Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

icould ( provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

CareersBox( is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.

Careers Advice for Parents ( to give parents an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to their child's future career prospects.

The National Apprenticeship Service ( website offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.  More information on apprenticeships can be found on the schools website and at

UCAS ( is the centralised service that sixth form students can use to apply to university

Parental Guidance ( offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.

Contact Details

For general enquiries about careers at the School, please contact the school office on    Tel: 02087487600

 For more specific enquiries, please contact:

 Mrs M Serradilla (Careers Leader)

Current Career Education and Guidance Offer 2018 to 2019







STEM Conference, Crystal Palace

Trip to Kidzania


Career Guidance interview



Careers Guidance interviews


STEM Conference, Crystal Palace




Option Evening


Career Guidance interviews


Career Discussions with parent visitors


STEAM careers week


STEM Trip NEC Birmingham



Backstage Tour of Lyric Hammersmith and playwriting workshop for Drama students


What Career? Fair at Kensington Olympia for all KS4 Pupil Premium on apprenticeships, careers and further education guidance

STEAM careers week


Career Guidance interviews


Careers Guidance interviews


Application process for sixth form colleges


Class of 2020


St Paul’s lecture by Jeff Ralph


Playwriting workshop


What Career? Fair at Kensington Olympia for all KS4 Pupil Premium on apprenticeships, careers and further education guidance.

Post Mock careers guidance interviews


A Level Course Guidance interviews


Women in Leadership Careers Conference


Session on Interview techniques


Dr Stefanie Gerke lecture on Diseases, Rumour and percolation


Maths & English Residential

GCSE Results Day – our career advisor is present for further guidance post results.


Presentation from alumni at graduation ceremony


Speakers from the world of law and international diplomacy


St Paul’s lecture by Jeff Ralph


Classics lectures and workshops at the British Museum – including. meeting representatives from universities and Classics based careers

Classics lectures at St Paul’s Girls’ School

Women in Leadership Careers Conference


UCAS application process


STEAM Careers Week


Study day at the British Film institute

Study Day at Pembroke College, Oxford University


Dr Stefanie Gerke lecture on Diseases, Rumour and percolation


Workshops with specialist theatres including Bush Theatre and Frantic Assembly


Careers Interviews with Deborah Stretfield post Spring Mock Exams



UCAS application process


Presentation from alumni at graduation ceremony


Attendance at Donmar Warehouse Theatre Design Forum


Speakers from the world of law and international diplomacy


Visits to Bristol, City Southampton,

Brighton, Portsmouth, Trent, Loughborough, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham.

Women in Leadership Careers Conference


STEAM careers week


Royal Economic Society Annual lecture


Bank of England Presentation


Royal Holloway Talk Business Management


Kings College Philosophy Talk


Accountancy taster talk


Oxford Humanities talk


Internship at the House of Commons

A level results day – resources offered to support students exploring the clearing offer