Careers & Enterprise

Delivering Careers and Enterprise at Fairfield High School

Careers Lead: Mrs Pippa Hart, Senior Learning Manager.

Independent Careers Advisor: Mrs Dee Waters

Careers Director: Becky Shaw

If you would like any further information or would like to support careers and enterprise in Fairfield High School, please email or call on 01981550231

To see our Access Statement please follow the link below:

Careers Provider Access Statement

Policy and strategy

For further information about the guidance that supports Fairfield High School’s careers information, education, advice and guidance for students, please follow the links below

Careers Policy

Careers Development Framework 2021

Local Labour Market Information (Herefordshire Economy Facts)

Gatsby Benchmarks

Benchmark Summary
1. A stable careers programme            Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers and employers. Fairfield has a stable and structured careers programme that has the support of the Senior Leadership Team and Directors.

Careers Policy is shared with Directors, SLT and Staff. Careers Programme is published on the website. Assemblies held for Students.

2. Learning from career and labour market information Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information. Fairfield ensures that all students have access and have used information about different careers paths and the labour market by the age of 14. This is important to inform the students’ decisions and study options.

Options evening

Careers Evening

LMI posters

3. Addressing the needs of each student Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout. Fairfield aims to challenge stereotypical thinking on job and career roles and raise the aspirations of all students in school.

Careers and Enterprise curriculum and specialist days.

Student Voice and evaluations.

Careers mentoring through referral process for individual students.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths. Careers is part of the PSHE curriculum and links made across all subject areas.
5. Encounters with employers and employees Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. Students already take part in events such as Career Networking,  Careers’ Evening and Enterprise Day.

Fairfield is further developing the programme to ensure that all students from the age of 11 have been able to participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer.

Business Enterprise Day.

Career Detective event.

CV/Mock Interviews.

Careers Fair.


Extra-Curricular Clubs (Mock Trial, DofE).

6. Experiences of workplaces Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks. Through the development of the programme, students should have opportunities that allow them to experience the workplace environment by the age of 16.
7. Encounters with further and higher education       All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace. By the age of 16 every student should have a meaningful encounter* with a range of local colleges, training providers, apprenticeships and other learning opportunities. Fairfield has strong links with many local providers and KS4 students visit the main colleges’ campuses, alongside visits to school from post 16 colleges and trainers.

FE/HE visits.

Careers Fairs.

HE Assemblies.

Apprenticeship provider assemblies.

8. Personal guidance Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs. Every student has at least one interview with the independent Careers Advisor before they leave Fairfield. The Careers Advisor is in school once a week to support all students and the careers programme.

1:1 career guidance.

Post 16 transition support.


Review and Destination Data

Careers and Enterprise is monitored and reviewed every term by the careers lead, independent careers advisor and the local careers Enterprise Coordinator.

The careers lead and careers link Director also meet termly

Gatsby Benchmark % achieved in latest evaluation
1 – A stable careers programme 100%
2 – Learning from career and labour market information 80%
3 – Addressing the needs of each student 90%
4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers 100%
5 – Encounters with employers and employees 25%
6 – Experiences of workplaces 25%
7 – Encounters with further and higher education 85%
8 – Personal guidance 100%


(Gatsby Benchmark review July 2021)

Destination Data is used to measure the impact of careers guidance for our students and to help us improve outcomes for our young people.  Additionally, it is used to track trends over time to ensure the appropriate up-to-date guidance is given from years 7 to 11.

Student figures for each year:

Destination 2021 2020 2019 2018
Full Time Education 100 92 90 93
Apprenticeships 3 3 0 3
Employment/Training 0 1 0 0
Employment 0 0 0 0
NEET 2021 2020 2019 2018
NEET Actively Seeking 0 0 0 0
NEET Not Active 0 0 0 0
Moved out of Area 0
(*1 student
moved to USA)
0 0 1
Situation Not Known 0 0 0 0
Cohort 2021 2020 2019 2018
104 96 90 97

Careers in the Curriculum

All subject areas link to careers in lessons. Alongside this all students from year 7 will be able to explore careers and enterprise as part of Fairfield High School’s PSHE curriculum

Useful Websites

The following websites can be used to research possible careers and explore ideas about your next step.  It may offer ideas about which subjects to study in further education, particularly as some careers need specific qualifications. Some careers will also require a university degree whilst it is an option for others. There is also a lot of information about apprenticeships/degree apprenticeships.

This has good, detailed job information sheets. Login and use the password: foeshi64– this is free to access in school, or at home. Start by using Job Groups and the A-Z. You could also try ‘Career Wizard’ to give you some ideas. Elcips information

Use this to look for apprenticeship vacancies – both locally and nationwide. Be careful of closing dates. You apply on line and will need to login and create a password/account.

This is a really good site for seeing things as they really are. You can watch a 5 minute video of people working in a particular industry and find out how they got their job, and the training required. There is also some detailed LMI (Labour Market Information) available, which tells you where jobs are available geographically, and what you would earn.

The main university application site, but also useful for viewing the range of degrees available and their entry requirements. Information on Degree Apprenticeships is also included.

If you would like an appointment with Mrs Dee Water, careers advisor, you can make one via your form tutor or Mrs Hart.

Post 16 opportunities

For more information from your chosen Post 16 provider, please click on the links below.

Year Careers and Enterprise theme PSHE content
7 What jobs could I do?

‘You Choose’ Careers, different jobs, what key ‘qualities’ are required. Saving/borrowing.

•              about a broad range of careers and the abilities and qualities required for different careers

•              how to challenge stereotypes, broaden their horizons and how to identify future career aspirations

•              about the link between values and career choices

•              how to identify personal strengths and areas for development

•              how to be enterprising, including skills of problem-solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, risk-management, and creativity

•              about equality of opportunity

•              how to improve study skills

•              basics of finance, difference between saving and borrowing


Form time activities.

STEM/subject links.

Eclips and iCould.

Careers Week.

8 My Future

Creating a ‘Futures magazine’, exploring different careers, featuring role models, interviews, money advice

•              about equality of opportunity in life and work

•              how to challenge stereotypes and discrimination in relation to work and pay

•              about employment, self-employment and voluntary work

•              how to set aspirational goals for future careers and challenge expectations that limit choices

•              role models – female/LGBTQ+

•              Ex Fairfield High School students #madeatFairfield

•              How to share information to younger students


Form time activities.

STEM/subject links.

Eclips and iCould.

Armed services STEM workshop.

CIAEG interview by referral.

Careers Week.

9 Setting goals

Learning strengths, career options, goal setting building on the GCSE options process, ‘Futures Game’ for pathways and impact.

•              skills for enterprise and employability

•              how to give and act upon constructive feedback

•              how to manage their ‘personal brand’ online

•              habits and strategies to support progress

•              how to identify and access support for concerns relating to life

•              online

•              about transferable skills, abilities and interests

•              how to demonstrate strengths

•              about balancing work, leisure, exercise and sleep

•              how to make informed healthy eating choices

•              about different types of employment and career pathways

•              how to manage feelings relating to future employment

•              how to work towards aspirations and set meaningful, realistic goals for the future


Form time activities.

STEM/subject links.

Eclips and iCould.

CIAEG appointments by referral (CLA, SEND).

Options evening.

Careers Evening.

Careers Detective Event.

Mock Trial.

Careers Week.

10 Creating the best ‘future’

Money & Morals

·      how to effectively budget and evaluate savings options

·      how to prevent and manage debt, including understanding credit rating and pay day lending

·      how thinking errors, e.g. gambler’s fallacy, can increase susceptibility to gambling

·      strategies for managing influences related to gambling, including

·         online

·      about the relationship between gambling and debt

·      about the law and illegal financial activities, including fraud and cybercrime

·      how to manage risk in relation to financial activities

·      how do we ‘use’ money, consider its impact on actions

·      how to evaluate strengths and interests in relation to career development

·      about opportunities in learning and work

·      strategies for overcoming challenges or adversity

·      about responsibilities in the workplace

·      how to maintain a positive personal presence online

·      how data is generated, collected and shared, and the influence of targeted advertising


Form time activities.

STEM/subject links.

Eclips and iCould.

CIAEG appointments by referral (CLA, SEND).

Options Evening.

Careers Evening.

University visit.

Careers week.

11 Building for the future

Application processes, and skills for further education, employment and career progression

•              how to manage the judgement of others and challenge stereotyping

•              how to balance ambition and unrealistic expectations

•              how to develop self-efficacy, including motivation, perseverance and resilience

•              how to maintain a healthy self-concept

•              about the nature, causes and effects of stress

•              stress management strategies, including maintaining healthy sleep habits

•              about positive and safe ways to create content online and the opportunities this offers

•              how to balance time online

•              how to use feedback constructively when planning for the future

•              how to set and achieve SMART targets

•              effective revision techniques and strategies

•              about options post-16 and career pathways

•              about application processes, including writing CVs, personal statements and interview technique

•              how to maximise employability, including managing online presence and taking opportunities to broaden experience

•              about rights, responsibilities and challenges in relation to working part time whilst studying

•              how to manage work/life balance


Form time activities.

STEM/subject links.

Eclips and iCould.

CIAEG appointments.

Careers Evening.

Three Colleges visit.


Hereford Sixth Form experience day.

Business Enterprise Day.

C.V. writing.

Mock interviews.

Careers week.

Study Skills sessions.

Latest Opportunities

Fairfield Careers Week was a chance for staff and students to focus on careers guidance and education and add to the careers links found across the curriculum.

The aim of the week was to
  • support students to understand, realise and fulfil their career goals
  • helps students to feel confident about the future and focus on what they need to do now
  • encourage students to develop a range of skills that they can utilise throughout the careers
Fairfield Also hosted  visitors from Bright Futures, RAF, Hereford and Worcester Group Training Association ‘Hereford Sixth Form College and National Citizen Service.
We also welcomed back Georgie Archer in (Fairfield Alumni) who talked to students about her experiences and travels as a Language student at Cambridge University
YEAR 10 ENTERPRISE DAY with Bright Futures:
YEAR 11 INTERVIEWS with Hereford Sixth Form College

YEAR 11 assembly with National Citizen Service

Herefordshire & Worcs Group Training Association workshops

Hereford Sixth Form College YR11 trip
January 26th 2021 – click here to find out more

Careers Evening 18th November 2021

Thank you to all the year 10 and 11 students and their parents/carers who attended our Careers evening last night. It was a great evening. We would also like to thank all of the organisations that came along and spoke to everyone. There will be more events and guests in to speak to KS4 about post 16 options and the different education and training routes that students can take after Fairfield. If you would like any information in the meantime please arrange an appointment with Mrs Waters or Mrs Hart.


#raisingaspirations #careersevening #post16trainingandeducation #gatsbybenchmarks #dreambig #youvegotthis

A BIG thankyou to:-