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Careers & Moving On


In March 2021 Chessbrook achieved the Quality Mark for careers education and guidance that is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

In 2014, Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Charitable Foundation published a report titled “Good Career Guidance.” The report identified eight benchmarks that are the core dimensions of good careers and enterprise provision in schools, and these are:


  1. A stable careers programme

  2. Learning from career and labour market information

  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

  5. Encounters with employers and employees

  6. Experiences of workplaces

  7. Encounters with further and higher education

  8. Personal guidance


The Gatsby Benchmarks have a key role in:


  • raising young people’s aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways

  • enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing including adaptability and resilience

  • underpinning the Department for Education guidance to schools on meeting their statutory responsibility for careers guidance


Chessbrook has a dedicated Careers Lead, Mrs G Pantelli, who oversees all aspects of careers education, advice and guidance at Chessbrook with the support of Ms Fox. We are here to continue to support you fully with your career plans. If you have any questions or concerns regarding post 16, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Pantelli or Ms Fox at 


Chessbrook will facilitate access of providers to the School for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training

offer. This complies with the School’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. 

You can also contact Matt Penn, personal advisor YC Hertfordshire service for young people, at .


Hello Year 11 and Parents 


It’s finally here! The brand new Guide to Career Options 2021 has gone digital, and we are so excited to share it with you. 

This Guide is jam-packed with advice to help students choose the right path, find virtual work experience, ace video interviews and much more. It also features the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2020-2021, with insights into what it’s like to be an apprentice at each company. 



This should help kick-start your careers in the right way!


Hopefully we’ll be able to distribute the physical copies in the next few months, once this current lockdown is over. We’ll keep you posted :)


Exploring careers: 

YC Hertfordshire careers section 

HOP resources

Start modules (you will need to register for an account in order to access) 

Icould Buzz test & videos

Work Skills UK

Exploring Apprenticeships: 

Apprenticeships UK

Money & budgeting: 

YE money and budgeting resources 

Virtual tours: 

Barclay LifeSkills virtual work experience

UCAS virtual tours


Once our Year 11 students leave Chessbrook they will have a full range of continued support available. This will be tailored to meet individual needs but can include all or some of the following:


  • Weekly drop in sessions at Chessbrook for support and guidance including access to resources (computers and printing facilities).
  • Planned Personal Learning Mentor visits to support students at home, college or at work.
  • A monthly careers magazine.
  • YC Herts will also continue to provide support to our post 16 students.
  • Post year 11 certificate & celebration event.
  • Monthly planned drop in sessions at West Herts College for students to visit YC Herts for additional advice and guidance. 
  • Help and guidance with UCAS applications if appropriate.  




Careers Programme 2020-21


A number of events will be ongoing and integrated into the school Moving On and Careers Education Programme. This will offer providers an opportunity to come into Chessbrook to speak to students and/or their parents/carers.

The table below shows the yearly careers plan for students in year 10 and 11 and for the leavers: