Careers and Aspirations

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AGFS will review the success and impact of the careers programme annually, we measure the impact of our careers offer through the annual pupil and parents stakeholder surveys (December & July) and post 16 destinations. Throughout the year, the careers programme is reviewed through student voice panels both teacher and student led.

Careers Programme 2018-19.pdf

Gatsby Benchmark Impact 2018-19.pdf

Career & Aspiration Journey of a typical student at AGFS (Entitlement)


Careers Lead: Leasa Neville

Contact:         0208 319 3692

At GFS our Careers Education programme is an integral part of the preparation of pupils for the opportunities and experiences of adult life.  Its central concern is equipping pupils to manage the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training, employment and life as adult members of an international society and to instil the notion of life-long learning.  The opportunity to empower young people, regardless of socio-economic background, to grow and be successful is at the heart of everything we do at GFS. Our values of Ambition, Growth, Fellowship and Scholarship permeate all school life.  


“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it”


A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning and work.  All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them.  Our careers programme should enable pupils to:

  • Be more self-aware about their own skills, aptitudes, values, aspirations and potential
  • Have a better understanding of education, training and future career opportunities both within the UK and abroad
  • Make informed choices about their own continuing education, training and future career paths
  • Develop career management skills of self-reliance, adaptability, flexibility, decision making and problem solving



The school is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students in Years 7-11 lead by our careers advisor. Every year we create a multiple opportunities for guest speakers, trips to careers events, in house careers fairs and Drop Down Days tailered to support our students in planning for their career ahead. We are committed to holding 1:1 interviews every years for students from Year 9-11 to discuss and advise on their plaaning towards their cchosen career journey.


Statutory requirements and recommendations

The careers provision at GFS is in line with the statutory guidance developed by the Department for Education, which refers to Section 42A, 42B and 45A of the Education Act 1997 and Section 72 of the Education and Skills Act 2008. This states that all schools should provide independent careers guidance from Years 8 -13 and that this guidance should:

  • be impartial
  • include information on a range of pathways, including university options or apprenticeships
  • be adapted to the needs to the student

In addition, the school is compliant with the careers guidance that the government set out for delivery from 5 January 2018: ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’ as well as ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration for young people in schools.’ This states that all academies must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to students about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. The guidance details instruction that students from year 7 should have an encounter with an employer.  Further information relating to exposing students to training providers is set out later in this document, under Provider Access.

All Students in Years 9, 10 & 11 will receive a one to one and/or small group interviews with our Careers Advisor on an annually basis to discuss their careers hopes and aspirations. They will be given information about the Post 16 application process, advised of potential courses and relevant post 16 providers as well as have a chance to ask questions.

Ahead of an interview we request that students complete the below Myers Briggs Personalisty test and Pre-interview questionnaire applicable to their year group.

Myers Briggs -Careers_For_Yours_Personality Test.pdf

Pre-InterviewQuestionnaire Y9.docx

Pre-InterviewQuestionnaire Y10.docx

Pre-InterviewQuestionnaire Y11.docx

In addition to the above Year 11s should also refer to the below document containing useful information on Post-16 pathways and the different options available.

Yr11 Careers & Post 16 Options Booklet.pdf


Post 16 Open Dates

Please refer to the following documents with regards to Post 16 Open Dates and application deadline dates for the most popular Post 16 Providers across London and Kent.

These documents will be updated by Ark GFS when information is received for the Post 16 providers.

Declaration: Whilst every effort has been made by Ark GFS to ensure the information provided is accurate and up to date, it is the responsibility of the student/parent/carer to ensure they check directly with the selected school for up to date information.

Ark GFS and its staff shall not be held responsible for changes made after this publication dated 21st September 2018.

Post 16 Open Dates 2018-2019 updated.pdf (updated 27/09/2018)

Post 16 Applications Deadline Dates - 2018-2019 updated.pdf (updated 27/09/2018)

Post 16 Application Process - Student Parent Guide.docx

AGFS uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.

AGFS also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Enrichment activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-13, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. AGFS ensures that School staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE or post 16 option choices. AGFS Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the School’s Pathways Lead, Mrs Neville:, with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the School, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.

For questions on this or the AGFS wider Pathways and Enrichment programme, please contact the School’s Pathways Lead, Mrs Neville.


Work Experience


In Year 11 students will be given the opportunity to undertake a 1 week Work Experience placement from Monday 2nd September to Friday 6th  September 2019 providing they meet acceptable standards of attendance, punctuality and behaviour.  When in the work place students will be expected to conduct themselves and carry out tasks of any other employee, as far as possible, in the organisation.  The Work Experience Programme is an integral part of the school’s commitment to ensuring that pupils leave school with the skills and knowledge needed to join the world of work.

This provides a valuable, unpaid opportunity for young people to experience working life while they are still at school.  It presents them with a chance to:

  • Work alongside adults as part of a team
  • Develop and practice a range of transferable Key Skills
  • Become more confident in their abilities
  • Relate their school curriculum and qualifications to the work place
  • Make more informed decisions about their future
  • Develop their personal qualities

When combined they will contribute strongly towards their employability for the future.

During Year 10 students will participate in a programme of preparation to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their opportunities, commitments and responsibilities. Students will be encouraged to indicate the type of work they would prefer, but we wish to stress that neither placements nor their choice can be guaranteed as unfortunately it is becoming increasingly more difficult for the school to find places.

‘Own Find Placements’

To be sure of a placement students should find their own placement.  By doing so students are also more likely to get the type of work they would prefer.  Friends, neighbours and relatives can be very useful contacts for suitable placements. Please find attached the necessary ‘Own Find Placement’ form to be completed and returned to school via the school office. Since all placements are pre-vetted to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the students the placements must be within the UK.  ‘Own Find Placement’ forms must be returned by Friday 5th April 2019, at the latest. After this point, students will be allocated a pre-existing placement through the school, and the choice that your child will have in suitability of these placements may be very limited.

Please refer to the following documents that all students will require for a successful Work Experience (WEX) Placement:

If you have any questions regarding the Work Experience (WEX) Programme, please contact our Careers Lead, Mrs Neville at