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 A Hamilton

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

Sample program 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.

Quotes from Staff on mock interview evening: “An invaluable experience, helped focus their mind on future careers, boosted confidence and helped them prepare for real life interviews

Quote from an employer on mock interview evening “It was great meeting students who were well prepared and passionate about their desired careers paths

Quote from student about the post 16 options talk “This really helped me to think about which college I want to attend and encourage me to look at apprenticeships

Quote from student about CV writing workshop “This has helped me to reflect on my soft skills e.g., organisation and communication.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7 Careers assembly

Interests for careers

Successful start workshops

Careers lessons – looking at the different types of jobs and qualities and skills

Employer visits

Employer visits
Year 8 Employer visits Employer visits

Enterprise day

BCOT -introduction to colleges

Apprenticeship week

Employer visits

Health Reach

Year 9 Workplace visits

Making successful option choices workshop

Careers programme – Morrisby

1 to 1 CIAG appointments for selected students

Employer talks

Workplace visits

KS4 Pathways Evening

1 to 1 CIAG appointments for selected students

QMC – Exploring different routes for careers; looking at available courses.

Apprenticeship week

Get Inspired Careers Fair for selected students

Employer talks

Workplace visits

1 to 1 CIAG appointments for selected students

Employer talks

Year10 1 to 1 CIAG appointments Post -16 options workshop

Employer talks

1 to 1 CIAG appointments

Apprenticeship week

Speed Networking Event with Employers


1 to 1 CIAG appointments College presentations from QMC, BCOT, Peter Symonds, Andover and Sparshot

College Taster Days

Apprenticeship Talks

Mock Interview Prep

Personal statement workshop

Employer talks

Year 11 College presentations from QMC, BCOT, Peter Symonds, Andover and Sparshot

FE Applications

Careers Interviews

FE Interview

Apprenticeships Talks

Mock Interview Evening

College Application Support

Employer talks

Careers Interviews

FE Interview

Apprenticeship week

Apprenticeship Application Workshop

Employer talks

Exam Preparation
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 A Hamilton 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.

For more information on the Gatsby Benchmarks, please follow the link.

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 A Hamilton or though their tutor.

Michael has a Level 6 qualification in Careers Guidance, a Masters (MA) and a PGCE and six years’ experience in Adult Careers Guidance and eight years to date in Careers Guidance for school students.
He has career experience in secondary school teaching, business experience in publishing and business development for a National Charity. He has also undertaken voluntary work for the probation service and with children and adults who have learning disabilities. His work is driven by the desire to enable all young people to release their potential in fulfilling and rewarding careers.

Post 16

Quick guide to post 16 Qualifications

 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 2022
  2. >Careers Provider Access Policy 2022
  3. Pupil Career Entitlements Outcomes
Apprenticeship Advice & Guidance


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.

New ASK Offer Explainer Film

College events 2022/ 2023

Listed below are the open days and other events for local colleges.  For further information please see the colleges websites.

College Open days/ evenings Other events Website
Andover Wednesday 10th May 2023
Thursday 29th June 2023
BCOT Tuesday 2nd May 2023  4.30 – 7pm Apprenticeship fair- Monday 19th June 2023 4.30 – 7pm
Farnborough 6th
Peter Symonds Wednesday 5th July 2023

Thursday 6th July 2023
QMC Thursday 27th April 2023 5 – 8pm
Sparsholt Saturday 4th March 2023 10am – 2pm

Wednesday 3rd May 2023 4 – 7pm

Thursday 15th June 2023 4- 7pm


Careers Programme

Bishop Challoner Catholic School is on a pathway to securing the Investor in Careers Award. This award recognises the hard work and determination of all staff in ensuring that the highest quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is being delivered to all students within the school.

The ‘Investor in Careers’ mark is a nationally recognised quality standard that shows we are educating and providing guidance related to pupils’ futures.  We were recently initially assessed over our ability to inform pupils about the wealth of careers in the world and their future options after school. We received high praise across many areas that show we have a comprehensive careers programme for all pupils. The Careers Department are now focused on working to develop our employer engagement.

We will continue to strive to improve and demonstrate our commitment to providing high quality, independent and personalised careers education for all pupils, preparing them for the demands of adult life.

Finding a career to suit: Encourage your child to research the type of career that they would like. Help them to find out and consider the necessary qualifications, location, salary, career progression and working conditions.

Career planning: where to start: Help your child to think about and list their interests inside and outside of school including voluntary work, travelling and specialist courses.

Exploring types of careers: Information about careers in particular industries can be obtained either through our career advisor or using online support such as Eclips, icould and Careersbox.  Encourage your child to talk to a variety of adults who have pursued different career paths.

Help with career planning: Talking to a careers adviser will help our students to focus, both internal for Year 9 students and external for Year 10 students.  Check that your child knows when these opportunities arise.

By the time students leave Bishop Challoner they will have developed the skills and confidence to make decisions and take responsibility for their future.  Working together in partnership with parents we hope that every child will find not just a job but a vocation in life which will value their talents and aspirations.

Useful websites

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

help you with careers decisions and planning

support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals

motivate you to implement your plan of action

enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.

Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.
Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love.

It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.
icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.
Plan your study & work.  Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time – even to university level.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
The study guide section within youthspace contains a range of information including help on making options choices in Year 9, post 16 options, and getting into higher education.
Central Governments dedicated apprenticeship website has a whole range of information to help young people decide if Apprenticeships are the right route for them. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies.
Changes to Informed Choices guidance for Post 16 choices.

To ensure as many students and parents as possible have access to Informed Choices, we are moving the guidance onto a new website that will go live in the coming weeks: – A Jobs search engine to give you information about average wages, growth in the industry and potential job opportunities.

Inspiring Careers LMI Bulletin (EAC) Jun 2023
Inspiring Careers LMI Bulletin (EAC) Apr 2024
Future Skills Hub LMI factsheet – All Occupations – April 2024

Destination of year 11 leavers 2022


Destination Number of students
QMC 56
Peter Symonds 82
Andover 2
Sparsholt 3
Farnborough 6th 0
Alton 0
Football Academies 3
Apprenticeships 4
Other 5

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