Harington School is committed to providing its students with high quality careers advice and guidance that best informs their post 18 options into higher education, degree and apprenticeships, or alternative pathways. The careers programme will ensure that the various needs of all are students are met and delivered in a way that raises the ambition and aspiration of our students. It will pay particular attention to the aims set out in the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

The careers programme at Harington School has been designed to specifically:

  • Ensure that students are fully aware of the opportunities available to them at Post-18 in the fields of further and higher education, degree and apprenticeship and direct employment;
  • To ensure that students are well placed and supported to make a strong and successful application to their chosen aspirational post-18 pathways;
  • To provide students with the necessary work related skills and attributes required to succeed in the work place and further study;
  • To ensure that parents are well informed of the support provided and the role they can play supporting career preparation.

Our careers lead is Mr Gumbeer and he can be contacted at rgumbeer@haringtonschool.com or +44 (0) 1572 772579

The careers information provided on the School website will be reviewed again in May 2021.

Other members of staff responsible for the implementation of the programme include:

  • Our Federation Careers Advisor, Mrs Meynell who will provide independent advice for individual students regarding career options and who will liaise with the Post -18 programme of study senior lead to organise external events that support the careers programme;
  • Delegated teaching staff who, as part of their whole School responsibilities, will lead agreed elements of the careers programme. This will typically be linked to the development of specific career pathways or the tutorial programme which support careers. Currently this is: Mrs Green (additional UCAS support), Mrs Jackson (Apprenticeship Lead), Mr Foxall (Engineering Pathway), Mrs Atkinson (Medical, Veterinary Science), Mrs Duffin (one to one careers interviews). Additional information about our pathways programme can be found in our Academic Enrichment Section of the website.
  • Form tutors who will provide individual support to tutees regarding the appropriateness of their chosen pathways, and in ensuring a high standard of application. Form tutors also play an important role in delivering key aspects of the tutorial programme linked to careers guidance;
  • Subject teachers who will provide specialist advice on related application and make clear employment links through their curriculum and extra curriculum offer.

The School is committed to working in effective partnership with external agencies to ensure a strong careers programme. The list below is not exhaustive but an indicative list of the expertise the School draws upon;

  • Leicester University – As a partner university, Leicester provides guidance around personal statements, applications and student finance
  • Oakham School – As a partner school, Oakham provides support and expertise in a number of niche areas. These currently include a joint Medical Society, support for Oxbridge interviews and an apprenticeship event.
  • The Peterborough Skills Service – This organisation provides contact to numerous areas of expertise including a CV writing service and local employers.
  • St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge is our Oxbridge outreach provider who visit School regularly to provide bespoke advice on application and process

The careers programme runs throughout the time students are studying at the School. Prior to starting at Harington all students receive a one -to -one interview, typically with the Head of School or senior leader, where specific advice is provided linked specifically to career routes and A Level choices. In addition to this students typically benefit from:

  • An academic enrichment programme in Year 12 which provides opportunities to develop life skills through volunteering, alongside bespoke subject sessions related to career pathways;
  • A tutorial programme that covers work related skills, enterprise and career routes. Opportunities to develop student independence such as through the Duke of Edinburgh Programme or completion of the Extended Project Qualification;
  • Access to a careers advisor who can provide impartial advice and guidance;
  • A number of lectures from external partners including university and apprenticeship providers;
  • Access to external events including university and apprenticeship fairs;
  • A mock interview week where all students have access to a mock interview with a local employer;
  • A pathways programme that supports those particularly competitive Post-18 routes such as Oxbridge or Medics;
  • High quality post 18 guidance, explicitly around university application writing and submissions. A Post -18 week where students have opportunities to discuss their application with graduates and local employers;
  • Support and guidance for students and parents throughout the process including parents briefing and support on A Level results day.

The impact of the careers programme is measured each year to ensure that it achieves the aims set up in the intent section of this policy. This will be reported upon in the annual Transformation Plan. In particular this evaluation will include:

  • A summary of those students that achieved their preferred university or apprenticeship choice. A summary of those students who achieved a successful application to Russell Group and other prestigious Universities;
  • Student survey responses, collected annually which questions the overall quality of provision, alongside specific application process support;
  • Tutorial observations completed during the sessions on employability / careers skills;
  • Focus group with students to discuss their bespoke support.

Additional information can be found within our careers policy.