Careers education, information, advice and guidance are an essential part of our curriculum. Our careers guidance provides the link between what we do in school and a pupil’s next steps into the adult world. We aim to develop pupils understanding of the differences between school and work, by enabling students to access a wide range of resources on Post-16 education and training opportunities.

We hope to inspire our pupils to see the opportunities available to them and achieve their career aspirations. Consequently students at Simon Balle All-through School will be able to go out into the globally competitive world with the skills, attributes and behaviours equipped for the twenty-first century.

Therefore all students, and parents, should be made aware of all their options as they progress through school and their post-school options.

Our designated Careers Leader is Mr. D Brennan and he can be contacted on 01992 410400 ext: 263 or brennand@simonballe.herts.sch.uk  

The SLT member responsible for Careers is Mr R. Klippel

The Governor with responsibility for careers is Mr J. Wiggett

Career and Personal Development during COVID-19

The Personal Advisers from YC Hertfordshire (formerly Youth Connexions) will continue to be available remotely by telephone or email throughout this term to support you and to give advice and guidance on careers and future employment or study. For further information contact Giles Tilbury Giles.Tilbury@hertfordshire.gov.uk & Luisa Grandine Luisa.Grandine@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Please see below further information from YC Hertfordshire around careers advice during COVID-19

Who We Work With

The following organisations support our Careers and IAG provision:

YC Hertfordshire Provide qualified personal advisers to deliver careers interviews with all students in Years 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
ELSA Provide support for our Year 9 Get Work Ready Day
The Careers and Enterprise Company
Amazing Apprenticeships

Provide guidance and information to students and parents on apprenticeship applications.

University of Hertfordshire Provide support on the UCAS university process and applications.

We have achieved The Investor in Careers Award. This was completed in December 2017.

We are signed up to The Careers and Enterprise Company – The Enterprise Adviser Network – programme. This is a free provision managed locally by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support us to achieve all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by December 2020 – a target set by Department for Education in their Careers Strategy (Dec 2017).

We have been matched with Hillary Price-Jones to help us to work towards the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Meetings take place on a regular basis to discuss progress.

Further information about The Careers and Enterprise Company can be found here:

Further information about The Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here:

  • The following link illustrates how we deliver these at Simon Balle All-through school

Further information about The Government’s Careers Strategy can be found here:

Activity Plan

We deliver a structured Careers and IAG Activity Plan which is reviewed on an annual basis, some of these include;

  • a wide range of subject-specific activities and trips.
  • newsletter
  • Visiting speakers from a wide range of industries
    • Your Future Presentations
  • Speakers corner
  • Students are provided with independent careers advice and guidance.

Additional key activities scheduled currently are:

Year Group Activity When


7 Work aspiration included within Learning for Life and signposting activities towards the school website with a big focus on Start and developing students’ own career profile/log Throughout academic year
8 Careers ed in L4L lessons which includes Finance

Year 8 Maths Day & Careers soft skills focus

Spring Term

Summer Term

9 Get Work Ready Day

L4L project over 12 lessons (Period 5)

January 23th 2020
10 Interview lessons - L4L

Careers Day - Employer Carousel & Mock Interviews

Spring term


11 Personal Guidance Interviews

Unifrog Launch

Autumn and Spring Term
12 Careers Day - Employer Carousel & Mock Interviews

Workplace experience week


July 2019

13 University visits Throughout year
All Unifrog Launch

6-12 Careers lesson delivered in tutorial time

Spring Term

Employer Engagement

We recognize the importance in working with local employers in order to support our Careers Education and IAG provision we are very keen to establish links with employers who will be able to open our students’ eyes to the world of work.

We currently engage with over 100 different employers through work experience placements for our Year 12 students and over 30 employers attended our Year 10/12 Careers Fair. We welcome further support from employers specifically those within the Science & Finance industries.

For this academic year we are seeking employers to support the following events:

Year 8 employability skills workshop afternoon We would welcome employers to come and speak to our students about the importance of employability/ soft skills and how these can be developed. July 2019 - Date to be confirmed
Year 9 Get Work Ready Day 160+ students from Year 9 will have the opportunity to meet with employers from a range of businesses and industries. We would like you to share your work experiences and details about your role/employer/industry in an informal manner. 29th January 2019
Year 10/12 Careers Fair We would like you to share your work experiences and details about your role/employer/industry in an informal manner at this event? This usually takes place from 12.30pm until 4pm with lunch provided. TBC
Year 12 workplace visits We would like all our 6th form groups to be able to experience a workplace whether that be a farm, factory, office or any other place of work. Visits will typically last for 1 – 2 hours with full staff/teacher supervision. Anytime during Summer Term

If you are able to support any of these events or would like to work with us in any other way please contact Mr D Brennan at brennand@simonballe.herts.sch.uk

Subject Links


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YC Hertfordshire


YC Hertfordshire (previously known as Connexions) have a variety of tools for both young people and parents to support careers choices.

National Careers Service


This is a government website to support careers education from the age of 13, providing information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

Local Labour Market Information Investigation Tool

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. You can find information about salaries, local jobs and a variety of additional information. Please Click Here for a link to the website tool.

Clearly parents and carers play a very significant role in helping students to make informed choices about their study options and decisions about their future careers. Parents and carers should be encouraged to discuss with their child about options and future aspirations. We welcome parents and carers’ input and recommend that you always attend activities at school such as GCSE and A-Level Options’ evenings.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and we recognise that all students must be able to make informed decisions avoiding preconceived ideas or stereotypes.

Parents may be interested to view the following:

Guidance for Parents


Should you wish to discuss your child’s future options please contact their form tutor in the first instance or our Careers Leader Mr D. Brennan at brennand@simonballe.herts.sch.uk

Careers Guidance Strategy

Please see below our Careers Guidance Strategy which includes information about Gatsby Benchmarks - if you would prefer to download a pdf copy please click here 

Provider Access Policy Statement

Please see below our PAP statement - if you would prefer to download a pdf copy please click here