Career Lead details

Name: John Hurley


Tel: (01543) 491051

Information for pupils and parents

There has never been a time when Careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that pupils need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations.

We support pupils in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions.  By helping pupils with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for Life after Longdon Hall, whichever pathway they choose.

At Longdon our mission statement is:

Be Safe, Be Joyful, Be Inspired

Our school community strives to equip all pupils with a toolbox of skills, strategies, and knowledge to prepare them for their onward journey and to realise the contributions they can make to the wider world.


Gatsby Benchmarks

What are they?

The statutory guidance from the DfE regarding career related learning (Careers guidance and access for education and training providers, October 2018) has the long-term vision for a world class Careers provision and states that schools should be using the Gatsby Benchmarks as a framework to develop and improve practice.

There are 8 Benchmarks to work towards: –

  1. A stable Careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance


How we do this

We measure the schools progress on this via the Gatsby Benchmarks compass tool, this allows for regular monitoring and implementation of good practice.

Within our curriculum offer, we have timetabled Careers lessons for pupils in years 9 to 11. Throughout the school, from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4, Careers-based topics are covered in Personal Development, as part of Living in the wider world schemes of work.

All year 9 to year 11 pupils are provided with opportunities to access vocational courses in local colleges / with local providers. The courses are varied and offer vocational qualifications, including: Hairdressing, Catering, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Construction.

As part of our Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) provision, all year 8 to year 11 pupils receive input from external and unbiased advisors, from group guidance at KS3 to 1:1 interviews and action plans at KS4.

In KS4 pupils are encouraged to access work experience in the local area, which is supported by school staff to ensure maximum safety at all times.

Next Steps

When you have an idea of the type of career you want, do some research to discover the skills that are needed to fulfil that job. The Prospects website has a list of many different job profiles and includes information on the skills required to fulfil that role:

Think about where you have already acquired these skills, maybe from work experience, a role you have taken on in school, extra-curricular activities. Also create a plan of how you are going to develop the skills you do not have yet, by talking to John Hurley or another member of staff, your parents or carers, or family and friends. For example, if you need to work on your confidence skills, volunteer to take part in an assembly or try to put your hand up in class to give your perspective.

The image below shows Employability Skills and the Enterprise Skills employers are looking for. Even if you do not have a specific Career in mind, working towards developing these skills will leave you more prepared for when you do decide.

Ensuring you access Personal Development and Careers lessons in school will give you a much better development of ‘soft skills’ which are essential for all job roles.

Information for Employers

Longdon Hall would welcome any employer to take part in our innovative and outstanding community.  If you would like any more information on events, have any ideas for projects or would like to read case studies and overviews of successful events/work experience placements, please feel free to contact us at:

(01543) 491051


Labour market information and resources

What can LMI tell us?

  1. The number of job vacancies in each job sector.
  2. The type of vacancies — if they are part-time, full-time, temporary, seasonal or permanent.
  3. General trends in the world of work — such as which types of business are doing well or failing.
  4. What kind of businesses are opening, or closing down, in your area.
  5. The skills and qualifications that employers are looking for.
  6. What qualification levels and subjects people have.
  7. How many people are looking for work.


Why do I need LMI?

  1. LMI can give you a clear view of what is happening in the world of work, so you can make realistic plans when choosing your career.
  2. Knowing about things like the number and type of job vacancies, how work is changing and what employers are looking for can make it easier to plan what to do next.
  3. It will also help you to find out about the qualifications and employability skills you will need for your career ideas.
  4. LMI can give you an idea of the job situation and help you to find out which subjects or courses you might need for your career ideas.


Useful online links

The following websites are useful for up-to-date placements and info:


Careers preparation resources


Once you have secured your interview, it is very important to prepare.


  1. Find out about the organisation. Read their website inside out so you understand what they do, what they pride themselves on and what values they expect in their workers. Ask questions via their social media links so they get to know you before the interview.
  2. Think about yourself. What skills, qualities and achievements have you got that would interest the interviewer. Note down examples of where you have shown and developed these skills. Read your application again and pick out the things you’d like to come out at interview.
  3. Plan your journey – make sure you know exactly where and when the interview will be. Aim to arrive at the reception area of the company at least 15 minutes before the interview. If possible, have a dry run beforehand and an alternative plan in case something goes wrong.
  4. Dress appropriately – choose clothes that suit the type of work and fit in with the organisation’s image. Aim to look clean, neat and tidy. Get your clothes ready the day before.
  5. Always take a pen and something to write on and read your interview instructions carefully in case they have requested that you should bring anything else along.

Use the following websites to help you find out how to complete a successful interview:


As always, if you have any questions please speak with John or a member of staff. We will always help prep you for interviews and practise questions with you.

Key Stage specific

  • Get Ahead Magazine
  • National Careers Service: This is the national website that is produced by the government – it offers labour market information and up to date careers advice.
  • National Apprenticeship Service– use the following link to search and apply for vacancies.
  • Icould– Excellent website with great videos linked to careers, the buzz quiz and plenty of resources.
  • Careers box– Some great resources here – superb videos about real everyday jobs.
  • All about Careers’ A really useful site for labour market information and has an online careers test.
  • My kinda future’ – Good website for teachers and students to create and store a CV – links to labour market information.
  • ‘Get my first job’– Good point of reference for traineeships and apprenticeships.
  • Success at School– Mainly Careers advice info for students, has an online shop for resources.


General useful careers sector websites


Created: September 2021

Review date: September 2022