St. Olave's Careers Programme Summary 

St. Olave's careers strategy embraces the high aspirations of our students through extension and enrichment activities which enhance the careers content of the curriculum. We measure the success of our programme against the Gatsby benchmarks in ensuring that the key stakeholders of students and parents are engaged through involvement with employers, alumni, professional careers experts and mentors.  

The following initiatives are common across all year groups.                                                                                                 
  • Students and parents can access regular updates of local and national careers' events via the school's virtual learning Moodle site.  
  • Careers events are celebrated in the weekly Headteacher's Newsletter. 
  • The Annual Parents' Association Careers Fair provides speed mentoring.
  • Real-life career applications of mathematical concepts, problem solving and analytical skills feature in lessons.  
  • Science focuses on careers in environmental science, electrical, civil, mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering as well as astronomy, medicine and the arts and media. Related careers discussed are teaching and finance. The Physics and Engineering Society and The Natural Sciences Society are run by students who give weekly talks and write high quality articles for journals they produce. Lectures in central London or nearby schools are publicised by the Science Department.  
  • In English there are visits from poets, writers and actors and non-fiction writing of articles and job applications. The softer skills of speaking and listening are practised via the curriculum and through Speak Up Speak Out training as well as competition for the Poet Laureate position. Opportunities to perform in shows as actors, musicians and technical teams are offered frequently.  
  • Personalised SEND careers and progression guidance is available to all students.
  • Pupil Premium students have equal access to all careers events through targetted funding and individual mentoring from the PP Champion.
The Aim of our Key Stage provisions are as follows:
YEARS 7,8 and 9
YEARS 10 and 11
The Sixth Form
At KS3 we aim to inspire and inform students with an introductory programme on which to build. 
At KS4 we reinforce the key messages through advice and guidance.  
At KS5 we prepare students for making their choices in a challenging labour market.

The programme for individual year groups can be accessed by selecting the appropriate year group below:

YEAR  7 

YEAR  8  YEAR  9  YEAR 10  YEAR 11  YEAR 12  YEAR 13 

January 2020 Update:

The following Higher Education and Careers’ events will take place over the next few months for Year 12 this year.

Higher Education Evening – Wednesday 26 February - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Great Hall

All Year 12 students and their parents/carers should attend. You will be provided with an overview of the UCAS application process, including key dates and student finance. There will also be information about school leaver and apprenticeship programmes. Our speakers will be Katherine Pagett from the University of Birmingham who will cover choosing a course and understanding finance, ASK apprenticeship’s representative, Olufunso Alabi, will explain the world of higher-level and degree apprenticeships and one of our Captains of School, Amro Fadel, will detail the personal statement process. All speakers will be available to answer questions after the event.

Oxbridge Evening – Wednesday 4 March - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Great Hall

This is an additional information evening about applying to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Only interested students and their parents/carers need attend. Speakers will include academics in various fields from both Oxford and Cambridge. The evening will comprise presentations on the Oxbridge application process and life at the universities, followed by a question and answer session with the speakers.

Exploring Medical School - Thursday 19 March - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – The Great Hall

This is an additional information evening about applying for Medicine. Only interested students and their parents/carers should attend. Again, the main presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 now have access via their school emails to the careers’ platform Springpod. The website is straightforward to use whether students wish to find out about pathways to specific careers, question career ambassadors working in the field, seek work experience or contact organisations they wish to find out more about for their future career.

Booking is now open for our springtime series of lunchtime careers’ talks in The Chapel. Access to the booking form is via Moodle on the St Olave’s website under Careers guidance in Preparing for Higher Education. The talks offer a unique opportunity to hear from current professionals about their career path and experience.