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At East Barnet School we want our students to be able to make informed choices about their future. We want them to understand the variety of opportunities available to them and we are there to support them every step of the way…

Older pupils are particularly complimentary about careers information, advice and guidance. There are a wide range of talks on offer which help them think about their future. – Ofsted, 2017

The school has a NEW dedicated web-based Careers Resource which is accessible via, this has guidance for students and parents with interactive tools and direct links to useful websites.

East Barnet School’s Careers Education Programme is embedded into the PHSEE programme and our Head of Careers, Mrs Betts, a qualified Level 6 Careers Advisor, is in school daily, ready to support students as and when they feel they need support.

Lunchtime Career Talks & Presentations

As part of the careers programme at East Barnet School we invite various speaker into school to talk about their profession or organisation, these have included Google, Fosters & Partners, KPMG and we have recently had a Film Producer/Editor, Pilot, Doctor and a Vet in school. These talks are advertised in the school newsletter and advertised within the school internally. All year groups are invited to attend.

Year Group Opportunities

Opportunities for Year 8

Every year we invite over 24 employers and business representatives to come and join us for our Annual Year 8 Business Challenge. This is an opportunity for students to work directly in small groups with employers to complete a ‘Dragon Den’ style business challenge on a set day in July. The activity introduces the students to the concept of how companies/businesses are created and what job roles are available within organisations. There is an entrepreneurial and product development aspect to the activity and students will develop their team working and communication skills.

Opportunities for Year 9

The in-house qualified Careers Advisor is available to all students with a lunchtime ‘open door’ drop-in clinic in room 106 to provide guidance on selecting GCSE options. The Career Adviser will also be available at the Year 9-10 Transfer evening to hand out information and answer general questions.

Opportunities for Year 10

As part of the Work-Related Learning programme we offer work experience to all Year 10 students for one week in July. This is an excellent programme whereby students find a work placement through family or friends or with some assistance from the school. Finding a placement on their own demonstrates the high level of independence and maturity, we expect of our students, while attending interviews and experiencing the working environment is great practice for the future. We are delighted to see that several students find part time work or gain Saturday jobs from their placements each year.

Opportunities for Year 11

All Year 11 students* have an in depth ‘impartial’ one-to-one careers interview with an external, professionally registered, Careers Advisor. At this meeting post 16 options are discussed with students and personal interests and preferences explored for future career exploration. If applying to a college is daunting, we even have our very own Destinations Officer, to help with college applications, if support is needed.

*Please note, some meetings will take place during the Summer Term of Year 10 due to timetabling and sheer number of students to be seen.

Opportunities for Sixth Form

There are a wide range of career resources and opportunities made available to our students these include notifications of activities/events from external providers including university summer schools, career fairs and taster days to employer led events and lecture/conferences such as those offered through organisations such as: Futurewise, EPOC (medical careers) and Future Medic.

During Year 12, students have an opportunity to fine tune their employability skills by participating in an Interview Skills Programme with volunteer employers. All students are encouraged to find work experience relating to their specific academic or career interest during the summer holiday period to boost their CV and/or personal statement and resources are available to help them including: Student Ladder

Useful websites:

Guidance for Parents

SEN focus

Summer Schools & Extra Curricular Activities

University 'Round Up!

Uni of Westminster (Harrow Campus) Year 11, 12 & 13

Are you interested in studying TV Production or Film, want to have a go at making a programme? Are you free for 6 workshops Saturday 17th March – Saturday 6th May 2018? The purpose of the Westminster TV/Film workshops are to create an atmosphere where students learn to research, write and produce their own field reports interviews. Students will be broadcasting a live television show on Saturday morning. If you are interested see Mrs Betts for an application form.

Year 10 & 11 - Discover the University of Creative Arts

The UCA Easter Schools are the perfect way to support the development of your portfolio for FE or HE study. They are suitable for students considering studying creative courses at college or university. The Easter Schools are free to attend but to apply but you will need to be able to attend the whole 4-day programme. Throughout the course, you will be taken through a range of ideas, working on drawing, painting and mark-making. The Easter School will conclude with an exhibition for family and friends to come along and see your finalised masterpieces. To register and get more information, go to: 

Uni of Westminster, Fashion Workshops

The National Fashion & Business Saturday Club for Year 10, 11 & 12 students

Are you a creative learner and want to have a go at FASHION DESIGN in a university setting, improve existing skills or gain new ones such as design and make?

This is a FREE workshop running from 24/02/2018 – 26/05/2018 to book your place contact Paul Hampson on  

Uni of Sussex First Generation Summer School

The Year 10 Summer School runs across two weeks in July – 10-13th July STEM focus and 17-19 July a Humanities subject focus. Eligible students must apply online only. Deadline for applications Friday 20 April 2018. 

The Post 16 Summer School runs from Tuesday 24 July to Friday 27 July 2018 and applications will open on Monday 5 February 2018. Apply using our booking site – 

London School of Economics

LSE CHOICE comprises of a FREE non-residential summer school in August followed by 16 Saturday masterclasses across 5 different social science subjects. For more details visit: 

University of London Taster Courses Spring/ Summer Schools

Year 12 – Taste of Medicine Spring School – Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 April 2018

Year 12 – Taste of Medicine Summer School – Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 July 2018

Students can apply independent of their school. Full information and the online application form will be available from January 2018 at 

Smallpeice Trust


Opportunities for provider access

If you are interested in supporting the school or wish to speak to our students about the training/education opportunities you offer, please email You are also invited to volunteer for one of our advertised activities/events at Inspiring the Future.