Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School has an on-going commitment to ensuring that all our students have access to good quality impartial careers advice, thereby ensuring that each student has the best possible foundation on which to base their future choices and pathways.

It is the policy of this school that all pupils should be given the opportunity to:

  • Know and understand themselves better and develop their capabilities.
  • Investigate education, training and career opportunities.
  • Implement their career plans by making informed choices, in a supportive atmosphere, about their own continuing education and training.

Our careers team offer a wide range of activities and resources, which help our students make good informed decisions about their future as they progress through the school.

Careers lead:  Mrs S Roberts
Careers support: Mrs E Darling

They can be contacted on or by calling the school office.


Sample programme of extra-curricular career activities

The table below shows the range of extra-curricular activities and events carried out for each year group during an academic year.

This will vary slightly year on year and does not include subject specific activities or those aimed to meet specific individual needs.



Year group 7 8 9 10 11
Autumn term Assembly on life after Challoner

Winchester university workshops (Successful Start)


National enterprise day Career pilot

Work place visits

Engineering Employer Workshop in school



One to one careers interviews



Maths Meets Medicine (Reading Uni)


Choices Performance (probably in Y9 if again)

College assemblies

Mock interview evening


Pre NEET intervention

Spring Term Cadet Taster Session Health reach day


LMI lessons

Work place visits

Careers fair ( Basingstoke consortium)

Business Speed Networking

LMI lesson

One to one careers interviews


Work Place Visit


LMI lessons



College interviews
Summer term 3 workshops on Skills Strengths Interests

One to one careers interviews(NCOP students)

Work place visits


School Careers Fair




Big Bang



CV building

Writing a personal statement

One to one careers interviews


School Careers Fair


BCOT Taster Day


Information for Employers

Bishop Challoner Catholic secondary school is committed to creating and maintaining quality relationships with employers from the local area and has a number of links with a range of different companies who support the school in issues related to careers advice and guidance. This support ranges from STEM activities to career insights as well as attendance at career fairs and enterprise days.

Any employer wishing to discuss how they can get involved should contact Mrs Evelyn Darling in the first instance either by emailing or calling 01256 462661.


Information for Teachers

All teaching staff at Bishop Challoner Catholic secondary school are committed to embedding careers information into the curriculum. In addition to this, all staff are involved in career related PSHE lessons. Year group tutors deliver a programme of activities on a range of topics, including careers, during tutor time and control the feedback forms completed after all career related activities. Staff undergo training in aspects of careers Gatsby Benchmarks regularly.


Information for Students and parents


The Library

The library holds a wide selection of college prospectuses and career option information. This literature is constantly updated and available for students to take home as they please.


School Careers Advisor

Michael Stockwell is in school every Tuesday holding 1:1 Post 16 Option advice sessions for year 10 and 11 students in their final 12 months at school. Although all students will be offered an appointment, students may request appointment by speak to either Mrs Roberts, Mrs Darling or though their tutor.

Post 16


Y10 Summer Term

College Open Evenings are advertised in tutor time, on the school website and on posters on Careers Notice board and Career area within the library in preparation for Y11 college applications.

BCOT hold Taster Days for students to attend and students attend on a voluntary basis.

Student receive a one to one careers session with are career adviser Michael Stockwell.

Y11 Autumn Term

College/Apprenticeship Assemblies given by all local colleges, QMC, BCOT, Peter Symonds, Andover and Sparshot.

We advertise the open Evenings dates in tutor time, posters around school and on the school website.  In addition to this the colleges attend Y10/11 Parents Evenings.

College application are completed by the students in their own time, however, QMC and BCOT provide application workshops for students at lunchtime (in school) to support them with the process if needed.

For those students who are still unsure of their path, they are offered a second Careers adviser interview.

This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, students have power point presentations/youtube videos from colleges instead of assemblies and all the colleges are providing virtual open evenings.


Measuring & Assessing the Impact of the Careers Programme

After each careers event we obtain student, staff and visitor feedback.  This is evaluated for future reference and feedback acted on.  This information is then feed into the action plan for the following academic year.

Writing a personal statement

  1. Careers Education & Guidance
  2. Careers Provider Access Policy
  3. Pupil Career Entitlements Outcomes
  4. Careers Events
  5. Careers at BCS 

Apprenticeship Advice & Guidance

Apprenticeship – Parent Pack

The information in the above guide really breaks down the steps students need to take to try and secure an employer for their apprenticeship. The guide is aimed at parents to help them know what they can do to support a child wanting to do an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships – Everything You Need to Know

New ASK Offer Explainer Film

BCoT Aspiral Q & A

The South Central Ambulance Service are delighted to let you know that they will be holding virtual open days in January for students to attend. The events will cover the main departments including 111 & 999 Call Centres. Patient Transport Service and Frontline Operations   Click here

Independent Student Opportunities


sun discover your future

Air Traffic Control… Demystified!

College Information

QMC Information- Click to Expand

BCoT information- Click to Expand

Bishop Wordsworth Sixth Form Information- Click to Expand

Peter Symonds information- Click to Expand

Sparsholt information- Click to Expand

Andover College information- Click to Expand

FCoT Information- Click to Expand


Careers Programme

Key Stage 3- Click to Expand

Key Stage 4 - Click to Expand

Investors in Careers - Click to Expand

How can parents help? - Click to Expand

Useful websites - Click to Expand

Labour Market Information - Click to Expand