Ms L Balchin

Head of Careers, Work Related Learning and Vocational Learning

‘The best way to predict the future is to prepare for it.’

At Fearnhill, our vision for careers education is to widen horizons, challenge stereotypes and raise aspirations.  We aim to provide young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions into the next stage of their life, to connect learning to the future and in so doing, motivate young people to understand and navigate a clear pathway to rewarding future jobs and careers.

Careers education is an integral part of the PSHE programme, with specific programmes for each year group.   The careers education programme aims to prepare students for working life after school and help them develop to their full potential.   Activities are aligned with the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks which are current, best practice delivery for careers education and guidance in schools.

For more information about the support offered by Services for Young People visit the jobs & careers section of their website.

To request an appointment with the personal adviser, students should speak to Mrs Balchin or their form tutor.

We are always looking for ways to engage our students in work related learning experiences and through employer interaction.  If you feel you could offer work experience, a talk or a number of sessions regarding your business, employability skills and/or how to be successful in the work place, please get in touch by emailing admin@ and writing ‘employer engagement’ in the subject line.  Employers, please see below for details of our whole school careers programme.


In Year 7, students experience Enterprise Day, developing their personal skills and qualities, exploring the JED careers software, investigating future careers and qualification routes, as well as taking part in an ‘Apprentice’ style hat design competition.


In Year 8, students take part in ‘Take your Sons and Daughters to Work Day’.  This helps to grow links between work and school.  Students also benefit from Youth Connexions Hertfordshire personal advisor interviews.


Year 9 focuses on Key Stage 4 options preparation, looking at future routes, learning styles, decision making and of course options evening.  There is a trip to the University of Hertfordshire as well as Youth Connexions Hertfordshire personal advisor interviews.

YEARS 10 & 11

Students prepare for one week’s work experience in March (WEX).  This involves looking at what employers want, expectations of the work place, health and safety, application forms, Link 2 database search, LMI and writing letters to employers.  There are also RAF talks, trips to careers events and access to the Barclays Business mentors scheme.  Youth Connexions Hertfordshire personal advisor interviews are also available.

Ten easy steps to WEX 
WEX Parent Student Booklet 2020
WEX Leaflet 2020

In Year 11 support is offered around Post 16 option choices and routes-college, sixth form, apprenticeships, LMI.  CV writing and interview skills are covered, as well as options evening and Enterprise Day.  For this, students set up a business to tender for the school prom.  There is an Interview Day with external employers, a sixth form buddy scheme to support learning, apprenticeship talks and the Barclays Business mentors scheme.  All students have the opportunity for a Youth Connexions Hertfordshire personal advisor interview.

Student Pathways in Hertfordshire – post 16

YEARS 12 & 13

Students continue their Careers, Education and Guidance programme within their PSHE lessons in the sixth form.  Information and advice on options after 18 is available in the sixth form study area.


Job Centre

Services for Young People

National Careers Service


Success at School

Labour Market Information   –  Click on the widget tab and select the Careerometer

Amazing Apprenticeships Parents’ Pack