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Our Careers Programme

The Careers Education Programme at Luckley House provides our pupils with the opportunity to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational. It promotes equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes.

The programme begins in Year 7  and follows the Gatsby Benchmarks to support the changing landscape for career guidance. “The eight Gatsby Benchmarks define an ambitious framework for career guidance that works for schools, employers and, most importantly, young people and their families”.  Sir John Holman, April 2018.

The Benchmarks provide a clear framework to help us develop our careers provision across the whole school. Throughout their time at Luckley, pupils will access a range of opportunities that will enable them to engage with employers and education providers to ensure they leave with the skills and confidence to build successful future careers. We work closely with Unifrog to develop our provision and the Unifrog resources are also available to parents.

Find out more about Unifrog at:

The parent code is luckleyhouseparents 

Our information provision is reviewed annually.


Mrs F Lennon
Head of Careers
Miss S Francis
Community Engagement Manager
(Alumni Mentoring Scheme)



  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance



Careers in the curriculum
Through timetabled Life Skills lessons, we will deliver career and work-related sessions to pupils from Year 7-13, giving the opportunity to learn more about employability rights and responsibilities, financial choices, pathways and career planning. External speakers will be invited to join, where appropriate, to share their experiences and expertise in their particular field.

Careers Guidance
Individual careers guidance is available for Year 12 students during the spring term.

Work Experience and Interview Skills
Ideally every Year 10 and 12 student should complete a week of work experience. Students are expected to source their own placements which should be related to individual lines of study and future aspirations, however key support is available through our Unifrog programme. Work experience is highly valued by employers and universities.

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a variety of events and off-site visits, including careers fairs, which include university and apprenticeship presentations and workshops.


If you would like to get involved with any of our events or you have other programmes to offer that might be of interest, please contact us.

Please leave your name, company name, area of interest or brief programme details along with your contact email address to our Head of Careers, Fiona Lennon.

Tel: 0118 978 4175

For alumni careers support, please email


Careers education will also be provided within the Life Skills programme across the year.  Specific lessons for each year are detailed below.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Introduction to the careers platform. Success: the subjectivity of success and what this means to each student. Activities and competencies:  How these make us good employees. Personality profile and working towards our strengths. Post 16 choices.  Introduction to apprenticeships.  A Level choices.  University – the big debate. Post 18 choices.  Year plan and goal setting. Applications.  Assessment centres.
Skills:  Students to identify their soft and transferable skills. Careers Terminology – preparing for interactions with employers. Great leaders:  What makes a good leader and what can we learn? Researching placements. Interview preparation.  Numeracy and budgeting. Work experience and reflecting on your interests. Finalising Personal Statements.
Personal interests and how these link to career opportunities. Interview preparation. Talking about Yourself:  skills, interactions and competencies. How to contact employers. Coping with changes. Year plan and becoming a scholar. Basics of interviews.
Recording career activities and interactions. Activities & Competencies bingo. Subjects and where these may lead us. Curriculum Vitae and cover letters. Rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Apprenticeships – best fit.
Dream job – career treasure hunt in response to careers curriculum for Year 7. GCSE choices:  Appropriate subjects and careers. Identifying interest that make us unique. What makes a great team player? University application process.
Interview preparation.


Your skills, your team, your future – a group activity to build competencies and teamwork.  Escape room – using your skills and competencies. Work experience – researching possible placements.
Wellbeing: being kind to yourself. Discovering MOOCS.
Acing your personal statements.  Personal statement puzzle.



Apprenticeships – A Parents’ Guide

Berkshire Opportunities  – The gateway to explore jobs, apprenticeships and courses in Berkshire.

Careersmart – an independent and impartial careers website established by Prospect union for professionals. It aims for individuals to be informed and confident in their career choices and decisions.

Medicine and Allied Subjects (UCAS Explore)

National Careers Service

Studee – The ultimate guide to studying abroad as a UK student


UCAS Advice for Parents

Unifrog – Students can compare every university course, every apprenticeship, and Further Education courses.

University Open Days Calendar

How to Boost Career Prospects as a Uni Graduate – s1jobs





Provider Access Policy Statement


This policy statement sets out the School’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. this complies with the school’s legal obligation under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil Entitlement

Luckley House School recognises that all pupils in Years 7-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point:
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; and
  • to understand how to make applications for future courses.

Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact Careers Leader – Mrs Fiona Lennon

Email:  Tel: 0118 978 4175

Opportunities for Access

A number of events integrated into the school careers programme will offer providers of education or training an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. Providers should speak to the contact named above to identify the most suitable opportunity for access to Luckley House School pupils.

Premises and Facilities

The School will aim to make suitable facilities available for discussions between the provider and pupils, as appropriate to the activity and subject to Luckley’s own calendar of events. The School will also make available AV and the other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Head of Careers

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature.

Feedback & Evaluation

We welcome all feedback that will positively influence and shape the careers programme from pupils, parents and employers.