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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 2021 - 2022

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

  1. Year 11 Morrisby Tests (optional activity) Date TBC
  2. Year 7 Enterprise Morning 13 or 14 October 2021
  3. Year 11 Big Interview Day 20 Jan 2022
  4. National Apprenticeships Week w/c 7 Feb 
  5. Year 8 and 12 Inspiring Women Fri 4 March 08:00-11:00
  6. National Careers Week w/c 7 March
  7. Year 9 Learn to Earn Day (Young Enterprise) Tues 8 March all day
  8. Year 10 Employability Day  Fri 18 March all day
  9. Careers Fair Tues 29 March All Years 5pm-7pm
  10. Year 8 Enterprise Morning 30 or 31 March
  11. Year 12 Professional Placement week w/c 16 May
  12. Key Stage 3 Work Shadowing Day Fri 20 May
  13. Key Stage 3 Work Shadowing Debriefings Mon 23 May
  14. Year 12 Futures Week 22-24 June
  15. Year 10 Work Experience Week w/c 4 July 

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 the specific lessons within the PSHE and Post 16 Step Up 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 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 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.

Additionally, our programme is mapped against the requirements of the Careers Development Institute Framework.   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 

The 7-Year Careers Learning Journey 

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 2021-2022  we are endeavouring to offer as many of these opportunities as possible during the ongoing pandemic 

  • Year 7 students can take part in the Young Enterprise 10X programme in the Spring Term
  • Year 8 students can take part in the Tycoon Enterprise Competition led by The Peter Jones Foundation
  • 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

HR Department

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans



01727 853134