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Careers Education

Learning opportunities for our students

Our Careers Lead is Ros Gilbert

Careers Education within the curriculum is interconnected with the transition support that our students receive. The curriculum covers:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV’S)
  • Course exploring
  • Job searches
  • Types of jobs and categories of employment
  • Interview preparation
  • Expected behaviours in the workplace
  • Work related skills and knowledge
  • Work experience and volunteering
  • Dressing for work

Work experience within school:

All students who undertake Catering, Horticulture and Business Admin (BA) are required as part of the course to experience working conditions, as well as develop the: skills, knowledge and behaviours expected within the world of work. This is conducted within a safe and protected environment, however, allowing students to put their skills and qualities into action and receive both formative and summative feedback on their development. As a school we are very proud that several students, who through their experiences at Heathermount are now employed by the school.

Work experience within the school include:

Business Admin

  • Meeting and greeting visitors to the school
  • Health and safety within an office environment
  • Recycling and working inside school procedures
  • Completing office actions asked by school e.g. resource making
  • Working and using office equipment
  • Working as part of a team to complete actions
  • Stocktaking and managing stock within the school
  • Working with Microsoft Office tools
  • Assisting school admin staff
  • Communication and working with others
  • Exploring the world of work through practical curriculum
  • Admin Assistant related work



  • Health and safety within the kitchen
  • Responding safely within a kitchen setting
  • Catering for events
  • Preparing and cooking food for students, staff and visitors
  • Working as part of a team
  • Responding to required actions from a member of staff
  • Communication skills
  • Exploring the world of work through practical curriculum
  • Catering Assistant related work



  • Safe working practices within Horticulture
  • Seasonal horticultural tasks within the grounds that are required to ensure upkeep of grounds
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining certain areas within school grounds
  • Working as part of a team to complete required tasks
  • Planting and growing vegetables and working as a Horticultural assistant.


  • CV’s
  • Planning for progression
  • Managing personal finance
  • Skills and qualities for work
  • Career planning and applications
  • Personal presentation


  • Planned career curriculum as part of PSHE programme
  • Exploration of different job sectors and employers
  • Preparation for work experience
  • Mock Interviews
  • Preparation for the world of work

Procedure and resources

  • Compass tool to review progress twice annually

  • Provision of Employer Encounters during KS4 and KS5

  • KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5 will all receive discreet Careers lessons

  • KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5 will all receive embedded Careers learning as part of BA, PSHE, Horticulture, Catering and Employability

  • Careers and Education opportunities explored across the curriculum

  • Consistent transition support - BA, Employability, PSHE working together in a joined-up approach to support individual students

  • Inclusion and enrichment opportunities and programmes to support careers advice and guidance

Performance indicators

 There are a variety of indicators that we use to monitor career education at Heathermount.

  • That parents feel confident in supporting their young person in their decision-making

  • To complete the Compass Tool twice a year, to give us guidance and recommendations of improvement across the school

  • Feedback from staff and students on Talentino Scheme of Work for Secondary and Bambino SOW for Primary

  • Students to access local colleges to support their transition and decision making

  • Zero NEET students

  • Effective work experience opportunities for all students within KS4 and KS5

  • Access to quality Careers Fair that provides a safe, realistic and engaging opportunity to our learners

  • Employability skills development, assessment and reporting to students and parents/careers

  • Skill development opportunities across the curriculum opportunities with assessment

Heathermount School Provider access

The statement below sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school. The purpose is to give students information about providers education, training, opportunities.  This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Student Entitlement

All students in years 8-14 are entitled to:

  • The responsible authorities for a school in England within subsection (2) must secure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance during the relevant phase of their education to find out about appropriate and relevant education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities. This includes the new Technical Training opportunities

Management of provider access requests Procedure

A provider wishing to access any student/s should contact the school office at:

Address: Devenish Rd, Sunningdale, Ascot SL5 9PG

Phone: 01344 875101

All visits must be pre-booked and agreed by the Senior Leadership Team.