John Hampden Grammar School

Careers at JHGS



National Careers Service – Exam Results Helpline, Available in August

Delivered by the National Careers Service, the helpline is available to provide additional support at exam results time.

Students will be able to speak to an experienced career adviser for advice on all the different options available.

Open from 8am to 10 pm, 7 days a week   (Calls are free from  landlines and most mobiles)

Contact Number:   0800 100 900



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 DofE issued a new Statuary Careers Guidance which outlined the 8 Gatsby benchmarks that schools should meet by 2020.  The Benchmarks are as follows:-

   Bench mark 1 - A stable career programme

   Bench mark 2 - Learning from career and labour market information

   Bench mark 3 - Addressing the needs of each student

   Bench mark 4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers

   Bench mark 5 - Encounters with employers and employees

   Bench mark 6 - Experience of workplaces

   Bench mark 7 - Encounters with further and higher education

   Bench mark 8 - Personal Guidance

Currently the majority of the requirements have been met and we are actively working to achieving all Benchmarks by 2020.


Overview of career provision

There is a structured programme of Careers lessons which are delivered during PSD lessons.  Students have access to Career software available via the school web site and Google Classrooms – 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 career fairs, career presentations and work experience.

Advice and guidance in respect of career pathways includes; University, Higher Education, Further Education, 6th form colleges and apprenticeships providers and employer opportunities.

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

Local labour marketing information is available via the school web site, Fast Tomato and Eclipse


JHGS is currently reviewing its career policy and this will be published on the JHGS when finalised.


JHGS Career contacts

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

Miss B R Harrison  (Careers coordinator) -      

Marlow Hill, High Wycombe, HP11 1SZ  

Telephone:  01494 529589


Mr A Barnes  (Head of WPD) -                                     

Miss H Burrow  (Head of 6th form) -

Mrs L Goodman  (Adviza Consultant) -


Enterprise Advisor

Alan Haley joined JHGS in September 2018 as the school’s Enterprise advisor.  Alan’s role will be 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 in encouraging them to make independent choices to achieve positive outcomes.

We very much look forward to working with Alan.


Provider Access

JHGS are open for other providers to attend the school to speak to students; including other educational establishments, apprenticeship/training providers and employers.  Any organisation that would like to visit JHGS should put their request in writing to Miss B Harrison, Careers Coordinator.


Assessment of the impact of the careers programme on students

JHGS is currently working towards initiating a regular questionnaire/survey to assess the impact of the careers programme on students.

Parents will be sent an annual survey for feedback in respect of the career provision for their sons.

Survey information received will be published on the JHGS Careers website.