Careers Guidance

The Children’s Hospital School aim to build a world class careers system that will help young people choose the career that is right for them. To achieve this aim, our careers strategy sets out to develop and improve their careers provision for the children we teach reflecting on the Gatsby Benchmarks. CHS uses Compass+ as an online self-evaluation tool for school to assess how our careers support compares against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average. CHS recognise the importance of having careers advice and preparing all students for their next steps. To support students and help them make informed choices about their career paths CHS have a Service Level Agreement with Connexions.

Those involved:

James Stafford         Assistant Headteacher and Careers Leader

Gemma Martin         Learning Mentor and Work Experience Coordinator

Lynne Miller             Connexions Advisor

Hollie Gallantree      Enterprise Coordinator

Telephone 0116 229 8137


Download CHS Policy and documents below:

If you are an employer and can support our students and school with our Careers programme we offer, please see details within the Provider Access Policy of how to get in touch.

Business Partnerships

We are always looking for ways to provide our students with real life experience of the workplace. If you are responsible for or employed at a business which is looking to develop links with local schools, please get in touch with James Stafford to discuss this further.


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1. A stable careers programme Start:
The Prince’s Trust and PSHE
 2. Learning from career and labour
market information
The Prince’s Trust and PSHE
3. Addressing the needs of each
Start Profiles
Connexions meetings 1-1 for students in Year 11 and individual action plans created
Support for all learners with college, apprenticeship and traineeship placements
CV support for all Year 11 students with Connexions
Travel route support: Home to college and college to home
4. Linking curriculum learning
to careers
Career based assemblies at WBS for all students
The Prince’s Trust and PSHE
5. Encounters with employers
and employees
Enterprise week at WBS
Work Experience is offered to all Year 11 Students
Employer based assemblies
Enterprise Advisor
LLEP (Careers and Enterprise Company)
6. Experiences of workplaces Work Experience (one week)
Extended Work Experience Placements
7. Encounters with further and
higher education
College Fair at WBS: All colleges and local higher education establishments represented
Taster sessions with CHS staff or Connexions Advisor
College visits
Travel training
8. Personal guidance Connexions: 1 -1 and group support
Connexions: Open door policy for all students
The Prince’s Trust and PSHE
Year 11 interview support and mock interview with personalised feedback
Tutor support for applications

How we measure and assess the impact of our careers programme on pupils

  • Student voice (carried out termly)
  • The Prince’s Trust module guidance tracker
  • Base meetings
  • Start usage data
  • Year 11 destinations report
  • Connexions end of year report
  • Transitions Tracking: All Year 11 leavers are monitored and tracked in September, October and January by CHS and Connexion Advisor. This data is stored on SIMS.
  • Year 11 leavers attending college: Students are tracked for three points from the first day of their course
  • Leicester City students remain on Connexions case load until their 20th Birthday
  • Leicestershire County students: Leicestershire County Careers Advisers: 0116 3056620

This information is reviewed and updated annually.