Careers education and guidance begins in Year 7 at The Marist and is mapped against the new Gatsby Benchmarks to support the changing landscape for career guidance. ‘The eight Gatsby Benchmarks define an ambitious framework for career guidance that works for schools, employers and, most importantly, young people and their families’ – Sir John Holman, April 2018.

At The Marist we continuously review how we deliver careers information, advice & guidance (CIAG) to ensure that we raise aspirations, aim high and open more doors for every individual. Good career guidance means showing all pupils the options open to them, whichever route they eventually take. The Benchmarks provide a clear framework to help us develop our careers provision across the whole school.

Throughout their time at The Marist, pupils benefit from a range of opportunities that see them engaging with employers and education providers to ensure they leave with the skills and confidence to build successful future careers. All pupils from Year 10 onwards will receive 1:1 guidance. All interactions are recorded on Unifrog.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

A stable careers programme
Learning from career and labour market information
Addressing the needs of each pupil
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Encounters with employers and employees
Experiences of workplaces
Encounters with further and higher education
Personal guidance

Key Personnel

Deputy Head: Mrs B Simmons, Careers Lead: Mrs H Nicholls, Head of PSHE: Miss C Heard, Head of VI Form: Mrs H Major, Oxbridge & MedSoc Lead:  Mr N Lang, Aim Higher: Mr A Baker, Law Society & Humanities: Miss M Parravano


Careers Support at The Marist
Careers in the curriculum

Through timetabled PSHE lessons, we will deliver timely career and work-related learning sessions to pupils from Year 7-13, giving opportunity to learn more about employability rights and responsibilities, financial choices, pathways and career planning. External speakers will be invited to join on occasion, as experts in their field, to share their experiences and inspire inquisitive minds.


Careers Guidance

A careers Teams Channel is available for all pupils to access from Year 9 onwards. This resource will allow pupils to access relevant and up to date careers information from a wide range of sources. Pupils from Years 10 – 13 will receive timely 1:1 career guidance and an action plan to support research and further exploration of their career choices.


Oxbridge, MedSoc & LawSoc

These societies will provide pupils with specialised career support through a series of workshops, presentations, events and visits.


Work Experience and Interview Skills

Every Year 12 student should complete a week of work experience in the summer term. Students are expected to source their own placements and should be related to individual lines of study and future aspirations. Work experience is highly valued by employers and universities. As part of the work experience programme all students will be invited to take part in a live practice interview with an employer.


Virtual Work Experience

Virtual work experience is being offered by a variety of industries and is a good way of keeping students engaged and focussed on their futures whilst also developing their transferable skills. Please see the link to the Parents Guide where you will find valuable information and resources to support your child. When arranging individual placements directly with organisations it is important parents check what information is being requested from their child and that it is a secure and trusted site. All companies will have a privacy policy, terms & conditions and age guidelines for suitability.

At The Marist, we will be working in partnership with Springpod from 2022/2023 to offer virtual work experience and employability skills in Year 10.



Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of events and off-site visits, including careers fairs, university open days, apprenticeship events and workplace visits.

National events happen across the year to support young people through their career choices. We will endeavour to signpost students and parents to events of interest.


From September 2023 we will integrate the Unifrog platform into our careers delivery. Unifrog is available to all students from Year 10 onwards, as well as their parents. 


Employers who would like to get involved with any of our events or have other programmes to offer please contact the careers coordinator via email