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St Albans Girls' School

Careers, Employability & Enterprise Education 


During the Seven Year Learning Journey here at St Albans Girls' School, we are preparing students for their future in modern Britain, as resilient citizens that are able to achieve their own personal goals, while having the skills to adapt to the changing demands of the economy. 

The Careers Lead at STAGS is Jessica Flint, Assistant Headteacher. 

To contact us about Careers Education at STAGS, please email or call 01727 853134. 

The STAGS Governor with oversight of Careers is Vanessa Harris.

Careers and Enterprise Events for the Academic Year 2023-2024

We welcome support from the local community, colleges and training providers at our events. Please get in touch if you are able to share your career story or training provision with our students.

22 September 2023 Year 7 Enterprise Morning 

1 November 2023, 16.30-18.30

STAGS Careers Fair - (all students and their families)
17 January 2024 Year 11 Morrisby Tests (optional activity)
January 2024

Year 11 Big Interview Day 

Year 9 Assembly - Elstree Screen Arts Academy 

Year 11 Assembly - West Herts College

Year 10 Assembly - Oaklands College 

Year 11 Explorer Event at Oaklands College 

5-11 February 2024

National Apprenticeships Week
Employer encounters during which apprentices lead assemblies across all year groups

4-9 March 2024

National Careers Week
Curriculum based focus on employability skills and career pathways across all year groups.

8 March 2024, 8-12 noon

Years 8 & 12 Inspiring Women Event 
8 June 2024 Year 7 Work Shadowing or Careers Day
8-12 July 2024
Year 12 Next Steps Event & Professional Placement Week
Year 10 Work Experience Week
Year 9 Learn to Earn Enterprise Event 

As can be seen above, each year we offer a careers fair that students from all year groups and their families are invited to attend. The careers fair is also open to students across our Sixth Form Consortium Schools.

If you would like to assist with a careers event or to share your own career journey with our students please contact us by emailing

How is Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education taught at St Albans Girls' School?

St Albans Girls' School has fully implemented the eight Gatsby Benchmarks through specific lessons within the PSHE curriculum and the Post 16 Step Up Programme. This is complimented by a range of 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 pupil
  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

We work closely with Services for Young People (formally YC Hertfordshire), to provide 1:1 careers guidance interviews for students in Years 9-13 with a Level 6 Qualified Careers Guidance Advisor.  This support is in addition to meetings with Form Tutors, Directors of Learning and members of the Senior Leadership Team that students have to support in them making a career progression decision. 

To enhance our provision, we also work closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company and an Enterprise Advisor who review our Careers, Employability and Enterprise provision to ensure we are fully meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Additionally, our programme is reviewed annually and further mapped against the requirements of the Careers Development Institute Framework and the Hertfordshire Skills Framework.

How do we assess the quality of our programme?

We assess the quality of our programme in several ways. 

  1. Feedback from Students, Parents and Employers is gathered after each of our events 
  2. Against the Gatsby Benchmarks using Compass+ with the assistance of our Enterprise Advisors and the Careers and Enterprise Company who act as critical friends 
  3. The successful destinations of our both our Year 11 and Year 13 students (see link to Year 13 destinations below)

Please use the links below for more information about Careers Education 

Careers Pilot 

Local Labour Market Information investigation tool

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal


Enterprise Education Opportunities at St Albans Girls' School

Students across all key stages have the the opportunity to take part in enrichment opportunities to widen their employability and enterprise skills.

For 2023-2024 we are inviting students to participate in:

  • Year 7 students take part in a transition Employability Skills event in September
  • Year 8 students can take part in the  10X Challenge in February
  • All Year 9 students take part in the First Give programme within PSHE lessons
  • Students in Years 10 and 11 take on the leadership roles in the St Albans Rotary Interact Club
  • Year 12 students can take part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme

In addition to the formal enterprise challenges, students can work as a form group to run stalls to raise funds for their House Charity throughout the school year but particularly at our Winter Fair.

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Careers and Enterprise Company have a dedicated careers portal all about careers and other opportunities within Hertfordshire.

Aimed at ages 13 - retirement the website is full of information for any students (or adults) who are looking into local employers that they can connect with, or work for. 

View the website here

Our policies on Careers, Employability and Enterprise, Provider Access and Work Experience can be found here

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans



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01727 853134