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 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 and Morrisby Careers.

The following linked documents provide information about the careers provision at JHGS:-



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

1:1 Career Advice and Guidance Consultant :  Vicki Harris


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's Enterprise Advisor is:-

Mark Denton is a Director of Zenopa.   Zenopa is a local company specialising in recruitment in the pharmaceutical industry.   Zenopa offers a BA (Hons) Business Studies Degree Apprenticeship; currently there are several JHGS Alumni who are on the scheme.   (

Mark provides commercial insights to the school, topics in the curriculum and assists in 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 and Sixth Form Next Steps Newsletter.


Buckinghamshire Skills Hub

Whatever stage of career you are at, the Buckinghamshire Skills Hub helps students develop the skills and qualifications they need to be successful in the workplace.

The Bucks Skills Hub website gives invaluable career-related information, including guides to different job sectors, case studies on the world of work, and how to make yourself more employable, and much more! 

  • Explore Careers 
  • Search opportunities
  • Work Experience and Internships
  • Courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Jobs


Careers in Buckinghamshire

Please find attached the Careers in Buckinghamshire flyer - this provides an overview of the local labour market information and key facts  for students, parents and teachers to help with future career planning

The guide provides information on growing sectors in Bucks, job roles that are in demand and skills that are needed to thrive in employment. 

This guide can be used by students, parents and schools and those seeking information on a career or sector as well as in conjunction with the new Bucks Skills Hub website.


Independent Careers Advice & Guidance

Students can request a 1:1 pathways appointment with Vicky Harris, the JHGS Careers Advisor by emailing or speaking to Miss Harrison, or via their form teacher or Head of Year.

The National Careers Service is available to provide careers information, advice and guidance, at all stages of a student’s career.   They can be contacted from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday or 10 am to 5 pm on a Saturday.  Further information can be found at:


Skills Up Bucks

'SUB' aims to link employers with students and job seekers who are 17+ and live in Bucks.  It is fully funded by the European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions.  The programme is being led by Lisa Goodman, who has been the JHGS Career Advice and Guidance consultant for the last 5 years - so she has a great deal of experience of JHGS.

The Skills Up Bucks programme objective is to match students with employers to create opportunities for them to meet and interact.

It is a great opportunity for students to find out more about the local labour market and to have support with employer visits, work experience, mentoring and sector talks.

Year 13 students can refer themselves, after they have left JHGS,  by visiting

This is an excellent programme for students who need support in respect of their pathway choices post Year 13 (they have to be 17+) which continues after they have left JHGS.

If you need any further information before referring yourself, please contact Lisa directly: Lisa Goodman.   Mob: 07891052342,  E-mail:;  Web: and


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 Morrisby Careers results and Icould.

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

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.