John Hampden Grammar School

Careers at JHGS

Aims & objectives of the JHGS Careers programme

At JHGS our aim is to ensure that every student receives a comprehensive careers education to assist them to develop employability skills and knowledge of available pathways to enable them to make informed decisions following Year 11 or Year 13.

In January 2018 the Department for Education issued a new Statutory Careers Guidance for career education - referred to as the Gastby Bench marks.  The Benchmarks are to be met in full by schools to ensure that a 'gold standard' of Career Education is provided to all students to equip them for their pathways after school.

  The Benchmarks are as follows:

   Benchmark 1 - A stable career programme

   Benchmark 2 - Learning from career and labour market information

   Benchmark 3 - Addressing the needs of each student

   Benchmark 4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers

   Benchmark 5 - Encounters with employers and employees

   Benchmark 6 - Experience of workplaces

   Benchmark 7 - Encounters with further and higher education

   Benchmark 8 - Personal Guidance

John Hampden Grammar school is currently working towards achieving all Gatsby Benchmarks.


Overview of career provision

There is a structured programme of Careers lessons which are delivered during PSD sessions.  Students have access to careers software available via the school website and Google Classroom – Key Stage, Careers.

Students have the opportunity to engage with employers via school trips, enterprise activities, industry competitions, the I-PAC programme (Interview Preparation and Careers), attending careers fairs, careers presentations and work experience.

The school provides advice and guidance in respect of future opportunities covering Sixth Form Colleges, University applications, apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

Careers, education, apprenticeship and training opportunities received from local companies are publicised to students and their parents via the JHGS weekly bulletins.

Local labour market information is available via the school website, Fast Tomato and Eclipse.


JHGS Careers contacts

JHGS staff who are involved in the delivery of the careers programme are as follows:

Miss B R Harrison  (Careers Coordinator) -

Marlow Hill, High Wycombe, HP11 1SZ  

Telephone:  01494 529589


Miss Sri   (Head of Wider Personal Development) and Miss H Burrow  (Head of 6th Form) can be contacted using the email address                                     

Mrs L Goodman  (Adviza Consultant) -


Enterprise Advisor

Alan Haley joined JHGS in September 2018 as the school’s Enterprise Advisor.  Alan’s role is to support the careers programme providing links to local business networks in addition to assisting the school in a variety of activities that are effective in motivating students by encouraging them to make independent choices to achieve positive outcomes.


Provider Access

JHGS are open for other providers to attend the school to speak to students. Any educational establishment, apprenticeship/training provider or potential employers that would like to visit JHGS is invited to put their request in writing to Miss B Harrison, Careers Coordinator, using the contact details above.


Assessment of the impact of the careers programme on students

Feedback from students for career activities is regularly requested from students


Pathways Information for parents and students

Information about Universities, local college events, career events, apprenticeship opporutnities and employment is included each week on the school newsletter.