Careers Resources

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 new Statutory Careers Guidance which outlined the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.  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 sas 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


Mrs M 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) -


JHGS Enterprise Advisors

Enterprise Advisers are business volunteers who work in senior roles. They volunteer their time and help schools to increase their engagement with local businesses and  provide access to local careers resources.  JHGS have two Enterprise Advisors:-

Alan Haley, has been working with JHGS for two years supporting the Careers programme;  after 26 years running tech-marketing agency Europa Communications, Alan is now working on a freelance basis. (  

Tom Brooks joined JHGS in September 2020 and is a Local Director for Metro Bank in High Wycombe.   Tom is responsible for delivering Metro Banks commercial proposition in High Wycombe and the retention of both retail and commercial accounts.    ( 

Both Alan and Tom support JHGS in providing a commercial insights to the school, topics in the curriculum and engaging local businesses.


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 opportunities and employment is included each week in the Parent Bulletin.


Labour Market Information


Students and their parents should use Labour Market Information when researching market intelligence about the local labour market.  The information will enable students to make informed choices about their careers, preparing them and developing their skills to meet employment demands as part of their pathway planning after Year 11/13 and University.

Students in Year 9 - Year 13 can research specific Labour Market Information using their Fast Tomato results and eClips.

Students can explore career and labour market information in respect of workforce change, growth and replacement percentages and salaries.

Regular updates are provided to parents via the weekly bulletin.

Please click here to view the most recent Labour Market Information report compiled by the National Careers Service.

The following Careerometer is an easy way to get access to labour market information.

Careerometer :  A tool to compare jobs

Click on the link below:  

Instructions:  Click the dotted square.  Type in the first career that you think you might be interested in and select from the drop down list, then your second and third choices to see a comparison.