Throughout their school lives students need to make considered decisions before making subject option choices or finally moving on to university or work and training.   At these key times, it is important they have access to a sound network of support in order that these decisions may be as well founded as possible.

Impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance aimed at helping students to find information sources and to reflect on their abilities, interests and aspirations is often a crucial part of this process and is what we are about.

Careers information advice and help

Students can get careers advice and help:

  • Careers work in the school is overseen by Assistant Headteacher, Mr B Saunders.
  • The careers coordinator is Miss S Bond, who can be contacted on 01442 390 100, or via or Twitter @HemelCareers
  • We work in close partnership with YC Hertfordshire, which is represented by Mrs E Readman and Ms H Stephens.
  • The careers office is in the library.

All Year 11 students are offered a 1:1 career interview and students from other years are welcome to speak to Miss Bond if they would also like to make an appointment to speak to someone about careers, option choices or future plans.

Measuring impact

We are very proud of our destinations data.  Last year 99.4% of our leavers went on to education, training or employment, against a national average of 94%.

We review our careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks – we are proud to say that we do exceptionally well in every category.  Our Gatsby Profile can be seen by following this link.

We also review our careers programme and its impact, every March, once the official destinations data is published and YC Hertfordshire have compiled their activity survey.  Our destinations data can be viewed here.  

Apprenticeships are now seen as a real alternative to the university route and higher/degree apprenticeship or an equivalent school leaver programme gives a head start in the world of work and a chance to gain well respected
qualifications whilst earning money and expanding on employability skills.   A number of students who left the Hemel Hempstead School this summer with excellent A level results have chosen this route. They are about to embark on the start of their work journey at a variety of companies including Santander, BAM Construct and the BBC.

Working in conjunction with the Inspiring Girls Hemel Hempstead Project our female role model programme aims to inspire young women to aim high, believe in  themselves and reach their full potential.  Students worked with a number of women who gave them an insight into the careers they have followed and the routes into those professions. Students found the programme extremely informative with nearly 100% of them saying it was really helpful. We also now run a role model event for Year 10 boys so they too can benefit from hearing about the career pathways of men from a variety of professions.

The careers programme

The careers programme is varied and aspirational.  Some events are for all students and some are targeted to best support students goals and boost social mobility:

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7Careers in PACE

Speaker in Assemby

Careers in PACECareers in PACE

Work shadowing day
Year 8Careers in PACE

The Brilliant Club (targeted)(TBC)
Careers in PACE

Year 8 careers day

Female role model day (all girls)
Careers in PACE

Group careers interviews
Year 9Careers in PACE

University awareness workshops (targeted)
Careers in PACE

Start profile

Careers day

Options advice and evening

Engineering masterclass (targeted students)
Careers in PACE

The Brilliant Club (targeted)(TBC)

Smiths Detection Visit (Targeted Students)
Year 10Maths4Girls (targeted students)

Dacorum Careers Fair (all students)
Careers in PACE

CV writing and interview skills

1:1 guidance with YC Hertfordshire

Post 16 information talks

TV Career Talk (targeted students)
Careers in PACE

Employability workshop

Male role model day (all boys)

1:1 guidance with YC Hertfordshire

Working options talk
Year 11Post 16 options information evening

Psychometric testing (targeted)

1:1 guidance with YC Hertfordshire

1:1 guidance with YC Hertfordshire

Careers in PACE
Year 12Dragon's apprentice (targeted)
Careers in PACE

Skills package: CV writing, student finance, choosing a university, open days, personal statements, apprenticeships & taking a gap year

Dragon's apprentice (targeted)

Next steps interviews

Healthcare insight (targeted)

Law insight (targeted)

Berkhamsted post 18 fair
Careers in PACE

Social media profiles

Post 18 options

Work experience

UCAS conference

Mock interviews

Morrisby Online (targeted students)
Year 13Careers in PACE

University applications

Guidance interviews (on request)

Apprenticeship workshops (targeted)

OxBridge entry examinations
Guidance interviews (on request)

Berkhamsted post 18 fair


The Youth Connexions Service

YC Hertfordshire is a service for all 13-19 year olds and for those up to the age of 24 if they have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  We have two Personal Advisors who come into school (Emma Readman and Hilary Stephens) and who can provide information, advice, guidance and support to young people on a range of issues that
might affect their lives.

All Year 11 students will be given the opportunity to have a careers guidance interview which will usually take place on a Tuesday or Friday by prior arrangement.   There is also the opportunity for a confidential drop-in appointment at lunchtime.  Any students can request an interview with one of these advisors or with Miss Bond,
the school’s careers coordinator.

YC Hertfordshire also has an access point at the XC Centre at Jarman Park. There are drop-in sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday between 2 – 5pm and appointments may also be made.

Telephone number: 01442 454060



There is literature for students to take away as well as reference books.  All careers information is classified in job groups (e.g. all the armed forces are grouped together or all health/medical occupational material is together) and relevant information can be found in easily accessible files.

Crucial to students at the end of Year 12 and the beginning of Year 13 is the library of university prospectuses which provide essential and individual information about courses necessary for the university application process.  We also have a comprehensive range of university guides to help students make sound choices.

These include the Heap guide which has information about university degree course offers and Occupations which is a comprehensive careers guide. There are also a variety of leaflets and booklets with information about the different levels of apprenticeships including degree apprenticeships, school leaver programmes and local colleges.  There are also information sheets with useful websites for the different industry sectors.

Information about post-16 courses at this school can be found in the Sixth form section of this website.

Useful Websites for students, parents and teachers

Amazing Apprenticeships 

Careermag for Parents This website helps young people find apprenticeships in the area of work most suited to them. A website dedicated to helping young people make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of university. It lists apprenticeships, ways to get a degree debt-free, alternative forms of study, employer funded study and so on. An independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance and lots more. Push is the only organisation to visit every university in person every year to provide the most detailed, most independent guide to all the UK’s universities. Use Push’s Uni Chooser to sift and sort through the universities to create your own personal short list and find the best one for you. Unistats is the official website to help you make an informed choice when deciding which UK university or college to apply to. Use Unistats to compare and review universities and subjects in order to help you choose the best UK university and subject for you. Graduate Prospects is the UK’s leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. In their extensive careers website, there is an Options With Your Subject section which gives career information about various subjects and what area of work graduates have moved into. This may be useful to students who are trying to decide which subject to study at university. The UCAS website offers all the information you will need about applying to university, courses offered, fees, entry requirements and lots more.  Locate your ideal university courses.  Quickly complete the study interests questionnaire to pin-point your interests in 150+ degree disciplines.  Choose the location, study style, type of university or college and let Course Finder search through over 50,000 university courses from 500 UK institutions.

Useful Websites for students, parents and teachers – information and advice on a variety of subjects including jobs and careers, local youth projects, school leaver programmes, CV writing, money, relationships and much more. – Free and independent site which allows students to search and compare degree courses and universities plus advice on A level choices, personal statements, etc – icould is a charity providing career inspiration and information for young people. It shows what is possible in work and offers different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice. – Calendar of all university open days – various vacancies and school leaver programmes identified as well as degree apprenticeships and sponsored degrees – and – organisations with various gap year programmes

Hemel Hempstead School Careers department is on Twitter @HemelCareers

National Careers Service – The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.  It has lots of useful information including the Job Profiles section which explains the skills and qualifications needed for over 750 jobs; it details what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and the career prospects.