Southgate School

Careers Education

Careers Education

It is important for us to ensure that students are equipped to make the transition into adulthood and the world of work, having gone through a programme designed to help them make good choices.

Careers education at Southgate School happens through a planned, deliberate and timely programme of events and experiences, which not only prepare students to make choices at ages 14, 16, 17 and 18 but also inspires them to be the best they can be.

Careers education cannot begin too soon. Many students dream about their ideal career, some from a young age. For these students, it is important to allow them to experience and learn more about their dream profession. However, for those who are less certain, it is equally important that they are able to explore and learn what the world of work can offer them.

We deliver careers education through a variety of events, activities and experiences. Every student will have an opportunity to learn about life beyond Southgate School through PSHE lessons, tutorials, assemblies, interviews, careers events and Work Experience.

Work Experience

Work Experience

Year 10 students will undertake a weeklong placement at the end of the academic year. Often a highlight of their year, most students are able to find a placement of their own and those who cannot are assisted by the school. We work with a number of local and national employers who year after year, offer to help our students gain an experience that become invaluable to them later when writing a personal statement for university or a job application. Our students love work experience and employers love our students! The quotes below show why, year on year, our return to school with high aspirations and employers say ‘Yes please! We’ll take another one next year’.




‘Very high standards with regards to time keeping and taking responsibility. Completed tasks above her ability’ – Abby Sagar


‘A self-starter. Able to take instruction and work independently’ – Paul Simon


‘Alexi is honest, reliable and keen to learn’ – Alexi Georgiou


‘Professional attitude and good social skills’ – Andreas Polycarpou


‘Probably one of the best work experience students we have had’ - Kasper Starzec


‘Absolutely amazing ‘– Sinitija Tarvainyte


‘Take pride in her duties’ – Jada Bradshaw


‘Delighted to have a student from Southgate School’ – Loucas Hajicostas


Careers Events

Futures Day is an event we have held for many years. Every students in each year group will participate in an activity designed to get them thinking about their future. It is a fun and engaging day with an exciting programme of activities to suit all ages.


Activity Name & Description


Welcome to the Dragon’s Den


Students will work in small teams to come up with a business idea. The aim of this workshop is to develop teamwork, communication and enterprise skills. Students will present their ideas to their tutor and the rest of their form. The winning team from each form will present again to the ‘Dragons’ in front of all students in Year 7. The winning team from this final 9 will win tickets to visit Kidzania.


Take Your Child to Work Day


Students in this year group will find a one day work-shadowing placement and will be going to ‘work’ for the day.



Year 9 Options


In keeping with the theme of the day, Year 9 students will engage in activities designed to make the options process as clear as possible. As well as hearing from a motivational speaker, they will have taster lessons in new subjects and be able to question specialist staff to improve their understanding of what each option has to offer.


Interview Skills Day


As part of their preparation for work experience, Year 10 students will get to meet and work with volunteers from local and national businesses and organisations to develop those all-important interview skills.


Revision Skills


Year 11 students will prepare for their GCSE examinations by sitting mock English and Maths Exams.


Higher Education


Year 12 students will receive a timely introduction to the Higher Education process and will attend workshops run by speakers including representatives from Projects Abroad and our school’s careers adviser. They will learn all they need to know about the different types of universities in the UK, writing personal statements and about the benefits of taking the apprenticeship route.


Life Skills


As they get ready to leave us, Year 13 will learn all they need to know about juggling their finances, how to cook a tasty meal for just a few pounds and sexual health issues from specialist speakers.

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Careers Fair

Each year we hold the annual careers fair. This year saw more employers, colleges and apprenticeship providers than ever before come into school to speak to our students and inspired them by explaining the range of opportunities that are available beyond their education at school. Our guests always comment on the high level of student engagement and we are proud to say that this event is one of many that helps to ensure our year 11 and Year 13 students have a planned destination at the end of their time at Southgate School.

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Subject Talks

Feedback from students tell us that they like to hear from external speakers about career pathways. Often, these speakers can give a real life insight, which is invaluable when students are making choices about their next steps. We recently welcomed the Programme and Team Co-ordinator from INVESTMENT20/20 to talk to Year 12 students about careers in investment banking.

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Business Breakfast

This July we hosted our third Business Breakfast. We invited business owners and employers from the local community in to hear about the opportunities available to form partnerships with us with the aim of enriching and enhancing student knowledge about the world of work.

During the meeting, guests were able to talk to staff about the importance of schools and businesses working together and about the net gains that arise out of such partnerships. By the end, they were undoubtedly convinced that not only do we take this agenda very seriously but also we are an excellent school to work with. Upon departure, they all agreed to offer a combination of work experience, work-shadowing opportunities, and student mentoring and career-related talks. 

Our careers education programme consists of a rich and varied package of work related activities and our new partners will work with us so we can provide high quality careers education and guidance for our young people, which must be a top priority in order to reduce youth unemployment and ensure the continued development of London’s skillset.

Our young people face tough challenges when they leave education and enter a world of work; competing against some of the world’s most skilled individuals, not just the most skilled from our city. Therefore, a dedicated programme of career-related opportunities can better equip our young people to stand out from an ever-increasing crowd.

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International Women’s Day

Each year we celebrate International Women’s Day by organising a number of events and workshops. In March 2019, all students participated in PSHE tutorials and assemblies designed to highlight the ongoing challenge of achieving gender parity in many occupations. In keeping with the year’s theme ‘Balance for Better’, examples were used to illustrate that work still needs to be done in appointing more women to senior roles in industry and discussions took place about the stereotypes that can be reinforced through something as simple as children’s toys.

Pupil premium students in Years 7-10 attended workshops on financial capability, which not only covered issues such as smart spending, tax and pay slips but also focused on wider themes such the link between financial dependency and domestic abuse.

Members of the sixth form leadership team raised over £130 selling purple wristbands to students who wanted to show their support of this important, global event and staff and students donated a huge number of feminine hygiene products that will be donated to local food banks. The proceeds from the sale of wristbands will go to a local women’s refuge.

Finally, to show support for the day students were invited to come along to the main hall at lunchtime to have a photo taken with their friends holding cards with messages of support for IWD 2019.

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Careers Interviews

In line with the government’s careers strategy, published on 4 December 2017 that sets out a long-term plan to build an excellent careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them, we offer students the opportunity to meet with and interviewed by an external careers adviser. All students are able to make appointments but we specifically target students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each student leaves their interview having discussed options appropriate them and an action plan to follow up. As well as this, the following links should be used to gain further impartial advice.

Career Profiles

Please follow the link below to view various career profiles:-


Documents Date  
Private placement form 2018.docx 25th Sep 2018 Download
Southgate leaflet w exp.docx 25th Sep 2018 Download
W.Exp parent carer letter OCT.doc 25th Sep 2018 Download
Which University.docx 30th Oct 2018 Download
Apprenticeships Parent Guide.pdf 05th Nov 2018 Download
Summary of provision of CEIAG 07th Nov 2018 Download
TYCTWD Form.docx 25th Jan 2019 Download
Parent Pack January.pdf 28th Jan 2019 Download