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Independent Careers Adviser

It is important that students are given impartial advice from a trained careers advisor. These 1-2-1 careers interviews are available for all students throughout the year.

Students in Year 11, 12, 13, 8 and 10 are scheduled appointments through the pastoral team.

Students not in these year groups who would like a careers interview should see their pastoral leader

Careers Resources

Careers resources are available to students of all year groups in Careers Room and also in the library. These resources will help students to make informed choices at each transition point between key stages and information on how to prepare for life outside of education.

Online support Students in Years 8, 11 and 13 have dedicated time on to help them prepare for the next stage in their education/life. Students in other year groups have access to the materials on the website.

Year 11 Experience Day

All students in Year 11 take part in the sixth form experience day. This is an opportunity for students to spend time in Canon Parsons area and experience what life is like in the 6th from. They speak to KS5 teachers to learn about the courses on offer, have a Q & A session with current 6th formers and have a University insight session.

Interview skills Day

This event is for Year 11 students. Representatives from approximately 30 different firms come into school to interview students for a fictitious job. Students have had to fill in a letter of application, application form and written their CV prior to this event. All students get feedback on their performance.

Away to Work Day

This event is for students in year 7. They spend a day in work with a member of their family. Upon their return to school they have to create and give a presentation about their experience and what they learned.

Work Shadowing

All students in Year 12 spend at least a week shadowing someone senior in an industry/career that they are interested in. Students are given support to find these placements and are able to write about their experiences in UCAS personal statements, apprenticeship or job applications.


When thinking about careers and job applications students are encouraged to consider:

Labour Market Information

Labour market information (LMI) can help you make an informed decision about your career.

LMI tells you:

- What jobs and skills employers are looking for

- Which industries are hiring and where they are located

- Where to find employers who are hiring

- What working conditions are like for specific industries

- What education and training you need for specific jobs

- Which job areas are growing in the future and other statistics


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will:

- Work alongside experienced staff

- Gain job-specific skills

- Earn a wage and get holiday pay

- Study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

For more information please visit


The careers and pastoral teams at FCHS work closely together to ensure that all students are aware of apprenticeships. Relevant students are highlighted and supported with information and knowledge on how to apply for suitable apprenticeships.


Gatsby Benchmarks

Finchley Catholic High School careers team use the Gatsby benchmarks as a framework to get the best careers provision in our school. We use these to evaluate and plan our programme.

Careers Fayre

We do run a bi-annual careers fayre and invite employers from a range of industries in so that they can explain the different routes into the careers. We welcome our alumni to participate in this as they have ‘trodden the same path’ as current students.


We are always glad to hear from our alumni and welcome you back to school to share your journey with our current students. Our alumni network is powered by Future First.

For more details please contact Ms Phillip (Careers Coordinator i/c of CEIAG) at


Policy Statement on Provider Access

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8 to 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. 

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils or their parents or carers


Useful Links for students and parents:

The information on this page will be reviewed by September 2023.