Careers Education, Advice and Guidance

We will provide opportunities that empower our students to plan with PRIDE and ambition to achieve a career that contributes to society."

At The John Roan School, our careers provision focuses on what our students need to know at each part of their development with us, as well as equipping them with the essential skills for life beyond compulsory education.

We review and assess our provision against the Gatsby benchmarks. This process supports us in identifying areas of development and work with our partners in united Learning to improve the provision in these areas.

The John Roan school benefits from a designated United Learning Careers Leader that meets regularly with the schools careers lead to offer support and guidance. The information on this page and Careers provision was last reviewed and updated in November 2022 and will be reviewed again in September 2023.

Provider access legislation:

A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr Daniel Garvey, Assistant Principal & Careers Lead.

Telephone: 020 8516 7551   Email:

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents.

Please speak to Mr Garvey to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.

We work hard to develop ‘career ambition’:

Career and employability education is taught through our pastoral programme. Students are invited to complete a range of careers tasks independently through our Unifrog platform. Having this in place allows us to measure the impact on the careers education taking place and also address the specific needs of our students in each year group.
Can you help us to inspire our students with career ambition...?

We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students and thus shape the future workforce and bring the world of work to life for the next generation. 

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work: 

  • Employer Talks 
  • Business site visits 
  • Mentoring 
  • Enterprise activities 
  • Work experience and job shadowing 
  • Mock interviews and CV preparation 

If you can help with an engagement or for further information, contact Mr Garvey at  

Key Careers Partners

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

The CEC is the national body for careers education in England, supporting schools and colleges to deliver modern, 21st century careers education. Their mission is to help every young person find their best next step. Our involvement with CEC allows us to share good practice with other education facilities within the local area and provides us with access to a wide variety of careers opportunities.


The platform is used by all students from years 7-13 and provides them with a one-stop shop to access everything careers related, focusing on increasing awareness, developing understanding of the needs of different careers route, and allowing them to complete a progressive plan of their future steps.

University of Greenwich

We are regularly collaborating with the University of Greenwich to provide students with the opportunity to experience all that university entails. 


We have funded a programme that allows all students in year 11 to receive a 1-2-1 careers interview with a careers professional. Students in other year groups also have the opportunity to access this support upon request. We also offer individual and group interviews for students in year 13.

Employment Skills

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We have a range of fantastic opportunities that students can gain employment skills from within our school. These include:

  • Y7-13 Student ambassador roles
  • Y7-13 School council roles 
  • Post 16 mentoring (Captains)
  • Post 16 Reading buddy programme
  • Community librarian outreach work
  • Duke of Edinborough award (particularly volunteering)
  • Assembly speech and presentation responsibilities
  • Speak Out and debate mate challenges
  • Sports Captains
  • Music Captains

For students in Year 11 or 12 who want to develop their employability skills, there are residential opportunities through the National Citizenship Service. For further information go to:

Life Skills created with Barclays

Life Skills created with Barclays offers support for students with job choice and preparation:

We encourage our students to....

  • Click on the CV Builder which gives students  step by step guidance on how to create  a CV and allows them to link to their social media profiles to help them populate it with interests and hobbies.
  • Click on the Practice Online Assessments which gets students familiar with the kinds of tests that employers often use to recruit, so that they’re ready and confident to face the real thing.
  • Click on the Practice Online Assessments which gets students familiar with the kinds of tests that employers often use to recruit, so that they’re ready and confident to face the real thing.
Student Destinations

The John Roan School is an ambitious learning community where PRIDE brings out the best in everyone. To achieve this vision, we need to ensure that all our students have secured excellent outcomes in Y11 and Y13 to be able to progress to their preferred destinations. The report below highlights how we are achieving this for all students.

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Fulltime education or training - Sixth Form or college 99%

Apprenticeship, Supported Internship or Traineeship 1%


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Fulltime education or training - University 91.2%

Apprenticeship, Supported Internship or Traineeship 8.8%

Enrichment Programme 2023-24


Career Ambition Workshops

Career ambition workshops 

Throughout the academic year we offer a range of career ambition workshops.

These sessions involve students engaging with universities, employers and training providers from around the world.  

Students in year 7,8,9 all benefit from the following three workshops: 

  • Bright Future Career ambition 
  • Personal career development sessions  
  • Cultural Capital trips inc University visits.   
John Roan School Alumni

An integral part of the growth and development of The John Roan school is learning from the journeys and progress of our former students and staff once they move on from their time here.

To bring together former students and staff once they move on to their next challenge, we are launching the John Roan school alumni programme in conjunction with The John Roan Foundation.

Our Alumni are former students that wish to stay in touch with the John Roan and become involved in various activities throughout the year;

  • Allow Alumni to engage with careers activities, speak at events and mentor current students.
  • Have the opportunity to attend our annual founders day, a chance for former students to celebrate the history of the school whilst celebrating and sharing experiences with our current student body. 

Our aim is to develop a network of former students and staff that are able to support the development of The John Roan school and its community.

If you would like to become a part of our Alumni programme please email Donna Williams on and you will receive a brief form to complete to enable us to collate your contact details to keep in contact with you.

Resources for students, parents & carers


Amazing Apprenticeships have released new resource packs and are launching a series of short webinars for teachers, parents and students. The webinars are just 15 minutes long and will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm.  
Each month Amazing Apprenticeships produce a parent and carers information pack. Each one looks at different areas to support students and their families when considering the next steps in their education.
“The Parent Perspective” is an exciting podcast series for parents and carers, helping them to support their children with careers advice and guidance. Series 2 is bigger and better than ever, led by our brilliant new host, Rachel Burden!
Other relevant links

Other relevant links:


For students that would like to gain skills and experience before applying for an apprenticeship, they can apply for a Traineeship. Further details can be found at:

Key workshop partners

Bright futures:  

A customisable programme designed to prepare your students for the world of work. Can be adapted for Key Stage 3 or 4 students. 

A customisable programme that enables students to practice entrepreneurial skills and learn how to run a business. 

TALK Money UK: 

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