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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 Miss Ellen McHugh, Assistant Head Teacher.

Ellen has a Level 6 Postgraduate Qualification from Cambridge University in the Leadership of Careers Education.   To contact her about Careers Education at STAGS, please email or call 01727 853134 

The STAGS Governor with oversight of Careers is Lesley Ainsworth

STAGS is currently working towards the completion of the Investor in Careers Award 

Careers and Enterprise Events for the Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Please note that these events are subject to change due to the current pandemic and some maybe run as online events to enable students to have access to employers while following social distancing guidance. 

  1. Year 11 Big Interview Day, Tuesday, 9th February 2021

  2. Year 8 Enterprise Days, Friday 8th or 15th January (half of year group each week)

  3. Year 9 Learn to Earn Day with Young Enterprise Thursday 25th February 2021

  4. National Careers Week Mon 2- Fri 7 March 2021

  5. Year 8 Inspiring Women Networking Morning, Friday 5th March 2021

  6. Year 7 Enterprise Days, Friday 12th or 19th March (half of year group each week)

  7. Year 10 Employability Skills Day with Young Enterprise, Thursday 27th May 2021 

  8. Year 12 Futures Week Date TBC

  9. Year 12 UCAS Conference Date TBC

  10. Year 7 Work Shadowing Day, Thursday 8th July 2021

  11. Year 10 Work Experience, 5-9 July 2021

  12. Year 12 Professional Placement Week, 5-9 July 2021

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.

We are intending to offer our Careers Fair on Thursday 15 April 2021 from 5pm until 7pm. 

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 the specific lessons within the PSHCE and Progression Programme lessons 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 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 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 will have when making a careers progression decision. 

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

We review the content of our programme annually. 

Please use the links below for more information about Careers Education 

Our Current Programme for Parents, Students, Teachers and Employers 

Useful Websites for Parents/Carers to Support Career Decisions 

Local Labour Market Information investigation tool

Enterprise Education Opportunities at St Albans Girls' School

Each year group has the opportunity to take part in enrichment opportunities to widen their enterprise skills.

For 2020 - 2021 we are adapting this provision to preserve social distancing rules. We are endeavouring to offer as many of these opportunities as possible during the pandemic 

  • The whole school takes part in the annual Winter Fair to raise funds for local charities and the STAGS PTA
  • Year 7 students can take part in the Young Enterprise Tenner programme in the Spring Term
  • Year 8 students can take part in the Be Bold for Brave Girls with the National Schools Partnership in the Summer Term
  • All Year 9 students take part in the First Give programme within PSHE
  • 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.

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Careers and Enterprise Company have created a 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


Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Trust Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans



01727 853134