This information is designed for students, teachers, parents, and employers.

Our Careers Education and IAG programme aims to prepare our students for their future lives beyond school. This means that all students, and parents, should be made aware of all their options as they progress through school and their post-school options.

The SLT member responsible for Careers, and our designated careers lead is Sarah Baker (Vice Principal) and she can be contacted at

The Trustee with responsibility for careers is Patrick Phillpot

Who we work with:

The following organisations support our Careers and IAG provision:

YC Hertfordshire

  • Source our Year 10 Work experience placements including site risk assessments.
  • Provide qualified personal advisers to deliver careers interviews with all students in Years 11.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

  • Deliver a range of enterprise activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 students


University of Hertfordshire

  • Provide direct interventions for targeted students in Year 9 and 10 to promote university/higher education as a post-school option

The Marriot Hotel, Cheshunt

  • Provide work based experience opportunities for Year 7 and 8 students


Goffs-Churchgate School is currently working towards The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Investors in Careers. This is due to be completed in December 2019 and is recognition of the extensive and high quality careers programme the school has in place.

We are signed up to The Careers and Enterprise Company – The Enterprise Adviser Network – programme. This is a free provision managed locally by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support us to achieve all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by August 2020 – a target set by Department for Education in their Careers Strategy (Dec 2017). We have been matched with the Marriot Hotel Cheshunt to help us to work towards the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Meetings take place on a regular basis to discuss progress.

Currently we have fully achieved 3 Benchmarks and partially achieved 5 benchmarks.

Further information about The Careers and Enterprise Company can be found here:

Further information about The Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here:

further information about The Government’s Careers Strategy can be found here:


Careers Activity Plan

We deliver a structured Careers and IAG Activity Plan which is reviewed on an annual basis, and involves all Year Groups. Below are some of the key activities which we offer:

Year Group





“Marriot Masterchef” competition


Students have the opportunity to work the Head Chef at the Marriot hotel and experience life in a busy professional kitchen

Spring Term


Marriot Experience day


Students have the opportunity to experience life “behind the scenes” at a busy and top class hotel. Students are exposed to a variety of jobs which take place in the hotel, from chamber maids to marketing including a talk from the General Manager and the opportunity to meet young people on the Graduate and Apprenticeship programmes.

Autumn Term


Careers Carousel


Employers from a wide range of backgrounds and industries are invited to the school and students are encouraged to meet with and talk to employers to gain a wider understanding of the what may be involved in their specific industry, and what entry routes are available


Aim higher, visit to The University of Hertfordshire


Students experience life at the University in a drive to raise the aspirations of the students

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Summer term


Hertfordshire Labour Market Advice


This crucial piece of work happens during form time to ensure students have the most up to date information about the local Labour Market to inform study decisions


CV writing


Students work to prepare their own CV’s and understand how to present them according and what information to include, these are then presented at the mock interview day


Mock interview day


Students come face to face with Employers who put them through a real life interview scenario and then provide them with feedback about how they presented themselves, how they answered the questions and on their CV’s


1-week work experience


Work experience takes place in the workplace and allows young people to experience what it is like to undertake a job supervised by staff who already work in the environment.

See separate Work experience tab for further information

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Summer term








Summer Term


Personal Guidance Interviews


Provided by an Independent Careers Advisor from Youth Connexions all Year 11’s have at least one destination interview


Visit to Goffs 6th Form and to HRC College


Students are given the opportunity to visit both the 6th form and the College to explore their post 16 options

Autumn and Spring term






Autumn term



Hertfordshire Skills Framework

This is the culmination of a huge research piece carried out by The University of Hertfordshire to identify the predominant skills and qualities that a large range of Hertfordshire employers have stated are most important for young people to possess and demonstrate in the workplace; it is therefore vital information for students, teachers and parents to be aware of. These skills are going to be embedded through throughout the school both within the curriculum and through wider awareness within work on CV’s and in assemblies.

Employer Engagement:

We recognise the importance in working with local employers in order to support our Careers Education and IAG provision we are very keen to establish links with employers who will be able to open our students’ eyes to the world of work.

We currently engage with over 30 different employers through work experience placements for our Year 10 students and our Year 9 Careers Fair. We welcome further support from employers within a range of industries. If you would like to support any of the above events or feel you may be offer support in a different way then do please contact our Careers Lead, Sarah Baker


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