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Welcome to

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 careers@stags.herts.sch.uk 

Careers and Enterprise Events for the Academic Year 2018-2019:

  • Year 11 Morrisby Tests (optional activity) Wednesday 26 September 2018
  • Year 7 Enterprise Day, Thursday 27 September 2018
  • Year 11 CV Writing Workshop, Monday 15 October 2018
  • The Big Bang STEM Careers Evening, Tuesday 23 October 2018 - 7.00-8.30pm for All Year Groups
  • Year 11 Visit to Skills Show UK, Friday 16 November 2018
  • Year 11 Interview Skills Workshop with Premier Foods, Friday 11 January 2019
  • Year 11 Big Interview Day, Wednesday 16 January 2019
  • My Local Labour Market Careers Evening, Tuesday 12 February 2019 7pm-8.30pm for All Year Groups
  • Year 8 Inspiring Women Networking Morning, Friday 8 March 2019
  • Year 9 Learn to Earn Day with Young Enterprise, Wednesday 13 March 2018
  • Year 8 Enterprise Day, Wednesday 15 May 2019
  • Year 12 Higher Education Days, 19-20 June 2019
  • Year 12 UCAS Conference, Friday 21 June 2019
  • Year 7 Work Shadowing Day,  Tuesday 9 July 2019
  • Year 10 Employabilty Skills Day with Young Enterprise,  July 2019 during Curriculum Enrichment Week
  • Year 10 Work Shadowing Day,  Friday 12 July 2019
  • Year 12 Professional Placement Week, 8-12 July 2019

Each year we offer two bespoke careers evenings that students from all year groups and their families are invited to attend. These events are 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 careers@stags.herts.sch.uk 

How is Careers, Employabilty 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 (formally known as Youth Connexions), 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, Employabilty and Enterprise provision provided to ensure we are fully meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

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.

  • The whole school takes part in the annual Winter Fair and Summer Sunday Funday 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 Peter Jones Foundation's Tycoon in Schools in the Autumn Term
  • All Year 9 students take part in the First Give programme 
  • 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 either the Dragon's Apprentice challenge or 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.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 6DB

01727 853134