Careers Education

Our aim

At Ralph Allen School, we believe that every student should be encouraged to achieve their potential in life. Our desire to provide a first-rate careers programme comes from our whole school vision. Careers education has a clear role to play in helping us to work with our parents, carers and the wider community to produce young people who are ready for the challenges and opportunities which they will face when they leave Ralph Allen School.  We hope that our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance will support them making the best decisions for their future careers.

At Ralph Allen School we aspire to be a high-quality learning environment, addressing the needs of all students in their learning and their progress.  We promote care and respect and expect high standards in all aspects of school life. We want every member of our student community to leave our school with the necessary skills, values, attributes, empathy, knowledge, and qualifications required to be highly successful, thoughtful, and reflective adults who contribute and flourish in society.  We and are all working towards this goal. 

Encouraging high standards of behaviour, excellent school attendance, enjoying a wide range of opportunities, both as part of the normal and extended curriculum gives our students hope and aspiration for their future and are key elements in ensuring our students are equipped to do well. Our aim is to produce students who are well rounded and are suitably prepared for their place in life when they leave Ralph Allen School and enter the fast-changing world of work or continue in education.

Our careers program, starting in year 7, and based on the Gatsby Benchmarks, is taught through PSHE lessons. Our programme, using a selection of teaching methods and speakers, offers students the opportunity to improve their decision making, to work in a team, to gain confidence in organising their own lives and develop their skills for their futures.  We also have access to a careers advisor who is able to offer individual advice to students about career pathways, help them to organise their work experience, and select the most appropriate post-16 education opportunities.

The Careers Team

Careers Lead - Mr Angus Harrison (Deputy Headteacher) 

Teacher in Charge of Careers Education - Mrs Sue Rogers

Careers Advisor -  Ms Melanie Whalley. In school on Wednesday.  Appointments can be booked via e mail., or see Mrs Rogers

Ralph Allen Careers Programme

Government strategy underpins our own careers programme.

"The Government's careers strategy, published on 4th December 2017, sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aims set out in the strategy to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.  To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation's Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties: the existing duty to secure independent careers guidance and the new duty to provide opportunities to a range of providers of technical education and apprenticeships to access pupils to inform them about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships."


Throughout your time at Ralph Allen School  you will have  a variety of opportunities to learn about careers and think about your future. 

Please take a look at the Careers Programme which shows you the careers teaching programme, which we run through your  PSHE lessons from year 7-13

Years 10-13 students are welcome to visit the Careers Room , in The D block, at lunchtimes or make an appointment to see Ms Whalley

During year 10, you will be invited, by Ms Whalley for a careers interview to discuss your ideas for a work experience placement. Your tutor will also be available to offer you advice. A list of work experience placements which we have used in the past are on the school website.

When you have found a work experience placement, you need to complete a copy of the Health and Safety letter.   A copy is available to download on the school website. Health and Safety letter

In Year 11 you will be invited for either an individual or small group, guidance chat with Ms Whalley. You will be given an action plan at the end of the meeting which will summarise the discussion and record what further steps you may need to follow to help in your decision making.  



We keep a record of  the destinations of our students and love to hear what they are doing. Please keep in touch with us. Some of these are posted in the main corridor.


Information for Employers

Introduction to the Careers Programme

We aim to manage and co-ordinate arrangements for effective careers education, information and guidance for all students, and raise the profile of careers within school.  This is achieved by:

Year group


Gatsby Bench mark



PSHE lessons:

What is careers education, careers terminology,

My career action plan,

My strengths and interests

My dream job.

What is success

The changing nature of the job market


2,3, 4

By the end of Y7, students will be able to identify their key strengths and qualities, begin to make links between curriculum subjects and careers and have begun to develop awareness of the changing job market and made a career action plan.


Career Fayres – Christmas and summer


PSHE lessons:

Entrepreneurial  skills,

Working in groups to set up a business for a craft fair.



2, 3, 4




At the end of Y8, students be aware of entrepreneurial skills and have worked in small groups to set up a small enterprise to raise money for the school’s charities.


Careers Advisor available at Parents' Evenings


PSHE lessons

Option choices – choosing the best options for your future



Empowering Equality – celebrating Int Women’s Day & challenging stereotypes












At the end of Y9, students will understand how to best make decisions for career choices and made the best possible selection of GCSE subjects. They will have met and had the opportunity to discuss career choices with employers, and career advisors. They will have some understanding of the importance of being broadminded in considering future job roles and to challenge stereotyping.


Trip to Bath  College

ICE (Informal Careers Event)

Study Skills Evening to introduce work Experience


Careers Advisor available at Parents' Evenings


PSHE lessons:


Employability skills

Writing a CV

Preparing for work Experience

Protection at work


Career Pilot ICT program


Future Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair, Bath College at the Guildhall, Bath


CURO construction visit, new Mulberry Park site visit


1:1/group career appointment


Study Skills Evening to launch Work Experience in September


Work Experience placement

6-10 July 2020






























At the end of Y10, students will have a greater understanding of the world of work, especially through their work experience placement.

 They will have met with several employers, and apprenticeship provides and trainers and will be able to begin thinking about employability, which careers appeal to them and to set realistic future goals. They will be given help to write a CV, and know how they are protected by the law at work.


They will have had the opportunity to visit the Apprenticeship fair. and have met with several employers at the careers event.









Students will be introduced to Work experience at the Study Skills Evening in October. They  should find their own Work experience, but will l have one to one interviews with the Careers Adviser and  meet with their tutors


Trip to Bath  College

ICE (Informal Careers Event)Bath University Study Skills Day


Inventing Futures programme, Year 11


Careers Advisor available at Parents' Evenings


PSHE lessons

Post 16 choices

Writing a cover letter

Interview skills


1:1/group career appointment




















Trip to Bath Spa University for students interested in business or teaching courses

Bath University Study Skills Day


FutureFirst (alumni organisation) - Choices boost workshops

Access to Bath Bristol widening participation scheme


Assemblies/visiting speakers workshops and assemblies


ICE (Informal Careers Event)

Careers Advisor available at Parents' Evenings

















By the end of year 12, students will have met with a number of employers at the Careers event.

They will be aware of courses at university and the application process.

They will have help writing a personal statement and applying to UCAS


Trip to Bath  College

ICE (Informal Careers Event)


FutureFirst (alumni organisation) - Choices boost workshops



Careers Advisor available at Parents' Evenings




Useful dates

6-10 July 2020 Work Experience Week for year 10 

3-7 February 2020 National Apprenticeship week

2-7 March 2020 National Careers Week. Focus on the changing careers market and jobs available

Other sources of information

There are Careers resources and links to relevant websites on the school website.

A careers’ notice board with information on careers, training and work experience.

Years 12-13 can access the newsletter which has details of work placements and open days

Careerpilot website

A website providing information to help students,  aged from 13-19,   in the South of England to plan their future study and work. Information  about:

  • different job sectors
  • routes to different qualifications including apprenticeships and university level study
  • Your skills and how to use them?

There is also a parent zone, providing information on:

  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships;
  • Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges);
  • Job sectors and growth;
  • Funding and support.
  • Further Education College;

Future First



We recognise the huge importance of the part you play in your child's decision making and career choice.  You are welcome to contact the careers team with any queries and suggestions.  Please look out for your child's copy of their action plan (given after any 1:1 careers meeting) which you may wish to use as a discussion point with them.  The Careers Adviser is available to talk to you at years 9-13 parents’ evenings and we update events on the school website.

As an Employer/Training Provider: Ralph Allen School actively promotes successful working relationships with providers of employment, training, Further Education, Higher Education and apprenticeships.  If you would like the opportunity to come in and talk to students about the courses and jobs you offer then please Sue Rogers (

We run an annual Informal Careers Event (ICE) for years 10-13, when local employers are invited to Ralph Allen to talk to students about their career.

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are:

1. A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information

Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

5. Encounters with employers and employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

6. Experiences of workplaces

 Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7. Encounters with further and higher education

All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

8. Personal guidance

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external. 

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