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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 Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Careers, Mr Drugan, 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


InvestIN provides inspirational career-experience programmes to students who aspire to break into some of the world’s most-desirable professions. On our programmes, we aim to create the ‘ultimate work experience’ through interactive simulations, seminars, networking sessions, and career coaching guidance. Around 25,000 students from 71 countries have attended our programmes since our inception, and our movement is gathering pace at an exponential rate.


Smallpeice offer a wide range of exciting and dynamic events that not only educate but raise awareness among students of how the engineering sector contributes to the general and economic wellbeing of society. For the latest availability click here to see the timetable.

*Please not that all courses/programmes are subject to a charge/fee

Skills London

Skills London is the UK’s biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds and their families, taking place on 15 & 16 November 2019 at ExCeL London. The event attracts over 33,000 visitors and 240 exhibitors including top employers, colleges, training providers and advisers.

This two-day event provides visitors with the opportunity to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and helps young people visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career. In addition to being free to attend, schools and colleges are also offered a travel bursary to help with transport costs.

If you are a parent / carer of a young person, you are invited to come along with your family and friends for FREE, on either the Friday or Saturday from 9.30am – 4.00pm  To find out more or to book online, please visit

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.