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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at SHLA

Here at Sir Herbert Leon Academy, we aim to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  Careers education and guidance is an essential part of this process, so we ensure that all our learners get access to careers education lessons, and opportunities to find out about the world of work through frequent access to employers and training providers, as well as face-to-face guidance from a professionally-qualified careers adviser.

Mrs Helen Jones is our dedicated, independent Careers and Guidance Adviser at SHLA. She is currently in school 4 days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Helen is based in G73, next to Mrs West’s office and close to Student Services.

Any student, year 7 – 13, can arrange an appointment with Helen, either by speaking to your Form Tutor or Head of Year, or by dropping into G73 at break or lunch to see Helen. Her door is always open to offer support and advice to students.

Helen can help students with:
  • Finding out about your options after you leave school
  • Making college / 6th form / apprenticeship applications
  • CV writing
  • Planning your next steps
  • Deciding the best course / training
  • Decision making, self-awareness, confidence building, motivation, resilience…
  • Finding part time work

If you are considering leaving at the end of Year 11 or Year 12/13, then Helen is the person to talk to.  She can help you to investigate the options open to you, such as FE college courses, apprenticeships, university as well as alternatives to university, and make an informed decision about your future. 

You can expect advice and guidance that is personalised, comprehensive and impartial.  Helen aims to enable you to make informed choices about your future learning and career pathways.

Some students are referred by teachers to see Helen because they are demotivated or unsure about what they want to do in the future.  You will be given a green slip if you have a meeting with Helen.

To help you prepare for a careers guidance meeting, you may want to think about:

  • Where you want to go after you finish Year 11 – college, 6th form, apprenticeship
  • If you are in 6th form, what you want to do when you leave
  • What jobs and careers you are interested in
  • How you are doing in your different subjects at school
  • What else you do in or out of school eg: sports, music, other activities
  • Any questions you have about further or higher education

After your meeting, Helen will send you an email with a record of what was discussed, as well as useful links and information.  There are some useful websites below for you to do your own research…

Careers Resources



APPRENTICESHIPS / JOBS / ALTERNATIVES TO UNIVERSITY: (CV help) The Year in Industry (paid placements)




Motor Vehicle: - register here – Skillnet is a Training Provider who work in motor vehicle and automotive. click on the blue writing here ‘Career and Employer Websites’ and look for the links to all the major automotive firms that take on apprentices. You can then search the company websites for information on how to apply directly for their apprenticeship schemes




Select a Uni



Boots -

Santander -

M & S -


Waitrose/John Lewis -


Kaplan -


National Grid -

Next Directory -

Mazars -

Mattioli Woods - -

MHA Macintyre Hudson -

Deloitte Touche -

Price Waterhouse Coopers -

Ernst and Young -


On Wednesday 12 July we are holding our annual 'Meet Me' event for Years 7 and 8. This is a speed networking morning during which all students in years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to meet with around 30 professionals from a range of industries, who will be talking to them about their work, what skills and qualifications are needed to get into their role.  A big thank you to all the wonderful people who have volunteered their time to support our students by participating in this event, which is so beneficial in raising awareness, aspiration and motivation amongst our students.


Futures Day

It was our pleasure to welcome representatives from fifteen local employers and training providers, to meet our Year 11 students (and some year 10s) at our ‘Futures Day’ careers event in September.

Most supported the event by meeting students in a ‘speed interviewing’ session in which they answered students’ questions around occupations in their sector, opportunities and entry routes. Some also delivered interactive presentations in other sessions throughout the day. These included sessions on: higher education; employment and apprenticeships; exam skills; an introduction to the 6th form and the launch of our new careers software, Job Explorer Database.

Feedback received so far from our students is that they found the day interesting, informative and inspiring. Some students have since told staff that, as a result, they now know what they would like to do when they leave school; and a few students impressed employers so much on the day that they were offered work experience placements with local businesses. Well done!

The employers and training providers who attended have also given very positive feedback. For example, Annette Street from Milton Keynes University Hospital said: “I really enjoyed meeting your students and was so impressed with them all. It was great to hear such enthusiasm from the students for their careers and for their school.”


1.1 At Sir Herbert Leon Academy we care about and are totally committed to each and
every student’s academic success, personal well-being and preparation for the future. Our core
purpose is to enable all young people to have the opportunities to make exceptional progress both
academically and in their life outside of the classroom so that they are able to live fulfilling and
successful lives. The Academy believes that every individual should be prepared for the
opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, and that this preparation should be an
important and distinctive element of the curriculum.
1.2 The Academy will ensure that each pupil’s curriculum is broad and balanced to meet career
aspirations as they develop, and that there will be equality of access to all teaching and learning
strategies irrespective of gender, race, creed and ability. This will be achieved through consultation
with the Local Board of Governors, teachers, pupils, parents/ carers, and the statutory Independent
and impartial careers advice commissioned by the academy.