Careers Guidance

Mrs Blair-Park is Leventhorpe's Futures Adviser and meets with students in Years 9-13 to help steer them through the jungle of further education, training and employment.  Mrs Blair-Park meets with students during breaks and lunchtimes to discuss careers and work experience.

Meetings with Year 9 students generally focus on their options and Year 9 Careers Day, an annual event for Year 9 students that takes place after Christmas.  Meetings with Year 10 students generally focus on work experience, which takes place during June, Year 11 meetings can be to discuss plans after year 11, including sixth form, college courses and apprenticeships.  Students in Years 12-13 meetings, where possible during their free periods, revolve around futures advice, work experience and UCAS.  Students can speak with Mrs Blair-Park about making appointments at any time. 

Career Activities Calendar 2023-2024

Year 7 Introduction to careers January
Year 8 Careers activities March
Year 9 Careers Day Thursday 8th February
Year 10 Mock Interview Day Wednesday 15th May
Year 10 Work Experience Monday 17th - Friday 21st June
Year 11 One to One Interviews September - February and then upon request
Year 12 Mock Interview Day TBC
Year 12 Work Experience Monday 29th January - Friday 2nd February
Year 12 Futures Day Wednesday 5th June
Year 13 Mock Assessment Day March - TBC
National Apprenticeship Week 5th - 9th February
National Careers Week 7th - 11th March

Careers advice and guidance are available during term time to all students.

Careers support is available on Exam Results Day.


Careers Advice and Guidance

Year 11 Futures interviews will be taking place throughout the autumn term. These interviews are with Mrs Blair-Park as School Futures Advisor and will provide an opportunity to discuss students' plans after Year 11. This includes Sixth Form, A Level & vocational college courses and apprenticeships. 

Students will receive an appointment card with an allocated time slot to attend. These meetings will take place on a Tuesday or Wednesday during school time in the Futures Office. Parents/carers are welcome to attend the 30-minute appointment. Please email Mrs Blair-Park once the appointment has been made if you wish to attend.

Mrs Blair-ParkMost students will have been seen prior to the Christmas holidays. If you feel that your son/daughter would benefit from guidance earlier on in the term, please contact Mrs Blair-Park so that we can prioritise their appointment.

Provider Access Statement: Technical Education & ApprenticeshipsPlease click the link below to be redirected to the Sixth Form pages where you can view student destinations in 2023.

Sixth Form


Work Experience

Work experience is an opportunity for young people to learn and practise some of the skills they need to succeed in the business world. It supports their personal growth by:

  • Developing social skills, increasing confidence and promoting a sense of responsibility and independence;
  • Providing valuable and realistic insight into the world of work and up-to-date practices;
  • Providing information to help inform their decision making about their future career plans and may in some cases lead to offers of part-time employment.

Private Placements

A private placement is where you have found your own placement by either direct contact to a company or have been offered a placement through a family or friend contact. If you have found your own private placement please complete the letter with the correct contact details. Please let the placement know that the school will be in contact with them to confirm the correct insurance and Health & Safety is in place. Any questions do not hesitate to contact Mrs Blair-Park.

What Types of Placements are Suitable?

All employers who offer placements will be required to meet specific requirements including private placements.  These exist to make sure your child gets the best possible opportunity to learn in a safe environment. All employers must:

  • Have up-to-date Public Liability and Employers Liability Insurance cover;
  • Provide an opportunity for students to undertake relevant and realistic tasks that develop skills and confidence;
  • Provide adequate supervision and support;
  • Have assessed the likely risks for the Student and have appropriate safety systems in place.

Year 12 Work Experience Week - 29th January to 2nd February

Year 10 Work Experience Week - 17th to 21st June


Careers Education and the Gatsby Benchmarks at Leventhorpe School

Leventhorpe has implemented the eight Gatsby Benchmarks through business encounters, careers guidance and PSHE as well as wider curriculum learning opportunities.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student 
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Leventhorpe uses Compass to record our careers activities and ensure that we are achieving 100% across all eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

To enhance our provision we work closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company with a designated Enterprise Advisor who reviews the Careers, Employability and Enterprise programme to ensure we are fully meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Students from Year 9 upwards have a personal log-in to Unifrog to access the wide range of careers resources, subjects libraries and universities.  

Leventhorpe careers information and programme is reviewed every year in the summer term.

Useful Further Education and Career Websites

Which University? Information about what and where to study. You can also click below to see where our last Sixth Form leavers have gone on to.Destinations 2023The Uni Guide

Perhaps becoming a teacher may be something you are interested in.  We work in partnership with the Bishop's Stortford Educational Trust School Centered Initial Teacher Training to equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an excellent teacher. Click on the link below for further information on our SCITT programme.

Bishop's Stortford Educational Trust School Centered Initial Teacher Training



Careers Governor Link

Ria Weller