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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 or call 01727 853134. 

The STAGS Governor with oversight of Careers is Vanessa Harris.

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

Careers and Enterprise Events for the Academic Year 2022-2023

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.

DATE TIME ACTIVITY
TBC   Year 11 Morrisby Tests (optional activity)
21-22 September 2022   Year 7 Enterprise Morning 
1 November 2022 17.00-19.00 STAGS Careers Fair - (all students and their families)
11 & 12 January 2023 All Day Year 9 Learn to Earn (Young Enterprise) 
17 January 2023   Year 11 Big Interview Day
W/C 6 February 2023   National Apprenticeships Week
22 & 23 February 2023   Year 8 Enterprise Morning
W/C 6 March 2023   National Careers Week
10 March 2023 08.00 - 11.00 Years 8 & 12 Inspiring Women 
W/C 15 May 2023   Year 12 Professional Placement Week
7 June 2023   Year 7 Work Shadowing or Careers Day
14 & 15 June 2023   Year 10 Employability Day (Young Enterprise)
21 & 22 June 2023    Year 12 Next Steps Event
W/C 3 July 2023   Year 10 Work Experience Week

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 careers@stags.herts.sch.uk.


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 

Useful Websites for Parents/Carers to Support Career Decisions 

Local Labour Market Information investigation tool

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 students

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 2022-2023 we are inviting students to participate in:

  • 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 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.

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

 

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 6DB

(To request a paper copy, please contact our Administration Department)

01727 853134