The Careers and Work Related Learning Department covers a wide range of curriculum activities including careers education and guidance, as well as specific year group events.  Our comprehensive careers programme is aimed at enhancing employability through a variety of opportunities for students including valuable contact experiences with different employers and organisations.
All students receive careers education lessons focusing on helping them to use the knowledge and skills they develop to make successful transitions into the world of work. Schemes of work can be found on this website by hovering over Curriculum in the menu buttons, clicking the key stage of interest in the drop-down menu, scrolling down to the Downloads section for the year of interest, then looking for the button labelled “CWRL”. Careers resources also can be accessed by students through the St John’s SharePoint “Careers” site. This includes an online careers library called Careers Companion, Fast Tomato (a careers exploration site) and Higher Ideas for exploring Higher Education options. Passwords for online resources are included in student planners.


The CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) policy outlines the rationale and detail of careers provision at St John’s, including the way the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils.  This is reviewed every two years by the Careers Leader, Principal and Governing Body.  See “CEIAG Policy 2021″ and “Learner Entitlement to CEIAG (PDF)” in the Downloads section below.

Individual careers guidance is offered to students from year 7 and appointments can be organised through the Careers & WRL department in F241.

St John’s works with the Careers & Enterprise Company and its linked governor to monitor and improve career provision.  We successfully achieved our revalidation of the quality in careers standard award, Gold Careers Mark in May 2019, making good progress towards meeting all the accreditation criteria incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks, the government statutory careers requirements:

Please contact Mrs F Havill, Careers Leader, 01672 519551,  for any further information. For any general queries and information regarding work experience/shadowing please contact Mrs T Smith, 01672 519562,

Key Dates

Bulletins for events and activities are circulated to students in year 10, 11 and 12/13 as well as tutor notices to all year groups.

  • Careers Education Lessons:  Term 2
  • Careers Education Lessons: Term 3 & 4
  • Careers Education Lessons: Terms 3 & 4
  • Careers Education Lessons: Term 4
  • Work Experience assembly: Tuesday 2nd November 2021
  • Parents Information Presentations: Available from 16th November 2021
  • Mock Interviews: 14th-17th March 2022
  • Work Experience Week: 27th June – 1st July 2022
  • Careers Education Lessons: Term 1
  • Assemblies and group guidance on the post 16 options: Term 1 & 2
  • Guidance meetings throughout the year
  • University Visit: Wednesday 6th April 2022
  • Year 12 Work Shadowing Days: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th April 2022
  • Year 13 Apprenticeship application workshop: Tuesday 8th February 2022

Note: All links with the globe icon open in a new tab.

GOV.UK – Apprenticeships Detailed information about apprenticeships
GOV.UK Find and apply for an apprenticeship
Amazing Apprenticeships Vacancy Snapshot – Discover apprenticeship vacancies coming up soon.
Rate My Apprenticeship  – Information and adverts from a range of employers and industries

Careers Resources

Career Companion website Easy access to Local, Regional and National News and Notices, as well as selected deeplinks to the full Career Comp@nion service. 
Morrisby (Fast Tomato) Careers education, information, advice and guidance
 National Careers Service Government information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work
Speakers4Schools and S4S Experience See “How to Apply…” PDF in Downloads above

Careers Quizzes

Take the Buzz Quiz – Which animal are you? Explore subject choices and jobs that could suit you.
Spartan Test – SACU Student Discover career, degree or apprenticeship options suitable for you.

Future Options

 Careerpilot – Choices at 14, 16 & 18 Expert careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds
Careers Explorer Explore careers, local job opportunities, courses and apprenticeships.
Young Work Wiltshire Support for finding a job, education or training from Wiltshire Council
 Work Wiltshire Employment news and support from Wiltshire Council
 UCAS Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

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STJ SharePoint Careers site Watch assembly videos and learn more about career support at St John’s (school login required)