At RAP we are committed to providing all our students from Years 7 to 11 with a wide-ranging programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance. We firmly believe that outstanding careers education is one of the driving forces behind social mobility and therefore our aspiring careers programme is an integral part of the offer provided to our pupils.

Careers Lead – Richard Garrett


Throughout Key Stage 3 all pupils will have had the opportunity to

  • Be introduced to career resources to help them understand their preferences and the options open to them
  • Develop their self-awareness
  • Hear from or talk to representatives from the world of work
  • Receive support to make the right KS4/GCSE choices, including assemblies, parent’s events, meetings with senior staff and personalised careers meeting.

Throughout Year 10-11 all pupils will have had the opportunity to: 

  • Prepare CVs, application forms
  • Develop interview techniques in preparation for mock business interviews
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of post-16 options
  • Have access to after- school support sessions with access to technology
  • Support to write a personal statement for post-16 applications
  • Increase aspirations through a range of university visits, open days and guest speakers

Careers Fair
Each year, the school’s Careers Fair will provide pupils of all year groups a chance to meet and talk to employers and learn more about what work is like and what it takes to be successful in the workplace. The day is made up from a range of visitors from different sectors of the working world, enabling pupils to explore the endless possibilities of life after school.

Career Guidance Meetings
Pupils are entitled to appropriate guidance to meet their individual needs. All pupils at school can request an appointment with the Pupil Pathways Coordinator, although year 10 & 11 will have scheduled half termly appointments. Pupils are identified for careers meetings based on need and through self-referral.

Career information
Career information is available through relevant displays and through assemblies. Students at RAP will have access to a range of career guides, apprenticeship and employer information, as well as guides on job-search activities.

External providers
Ranges of external providers are invited into school to support the careers programme. These might include local colleges, universities, training providers, apprenticeship organisations, employers, school alumni, or staff from various projects.

Employer links
Links with employers, businesses and other external agencies continue to grow by building on local community connections with a view to offer pupils experience in the world of work.

Careers Education in the Curriculum
PSHE is offered to all pupils in Year 7 – Year 11 and within this there is explicit careers guidance and units of work designed to support all pupils in their destinations. Careers, information and guidance will also permeate throughout the wider school curriculum enabling pupils to link their learning to a range of potential future career pathways.

Redbridge Start
Redbridge is an exciting place to live, learn and work.
Our borough is growing and transforming, bringing thousands of new jobs in a range of employment sectors. It’s a great place to start your future career.
The website brings together the best information and inspiration about careers and study in the local area and beyond.
Start in Redbridge will help you to understand the choices that young people face as they progress through their education and in to employment. You’ll find a wide range of information and advice about study pathways and careers.
Start in Redbridge will help you to discover your future and navigate your journey through education and in to the world of work. Register to create an account on their website so that you can start building your profile and receive personalised information and advice.

Open Days for Colleges and Sixth Form
As students in Year 11 are approaching the period when they are choosing their Post 16 options, it is important for students to attend as many open days in colleges and sixth forms they might be interested in. Attending an open day gives you the chance to hear from those already at the college/sixth and talk about their experiences, along with what you can expect when you leave school. They may shed light on an important part of the university experience you hadn’t even thought to consider. ​​
Careers Guidance Policy Statement – please click here