Careers Education


Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College prides itself in producing students equipped with the skills, qualifications and character to enable them to progress successfully either directly into employment or to continue with their education. The College’s careers programme is delivered in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks by an experienced team providing a range of specialist careers and progression advice and consultation.

Throughout Year 12 and Year 13, the College arranges a number of career and progression events providing students with a variety of opportunities to help them make informed decisions about their path forward beyond Sir John Deane’s.  These include:

  • Career and subject specific employer talks
  • Work experience sourcing and advice
  • Opportunities to meet with the College’s Careers Officer
  • Progression and careers advice from specialist external careers experts
  • College visits and trips
  • Interview preparation and guidance
  • General career advice, planning and support from specialist pastoral tutors
  • Co-curriculum opportunities to broaden and enrich students’ experiences
  • A range of volunteering opportunities
  • A personal tutorial programme designed to promote successful progression
  • Advice and access to providers of alternative pathways such as higher level apprenticeships

All students enrolled in Year 12 are on two year courses, and as such are supported to undertake work experience or volunteering, in particular during vacation(s) in Year 12, as well as participating in the College’s co-curriculum programme.

In addition to general careers and progression advice, the College has a significant programme to support progression to higher education, including:

  • A large scale annual university fair held at College
  • University liaison officer support for Year 13 higher education applicants
  • A dedicated Higher Education Information Evening for parents
  • Specialist advice and support throughout Year 13 via specialist pastoral tutors
  • Support from highly qualified teaching staff
  • A dedicated support programme for the specialist fields of Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry and Oxbridge applications
  • Opportunities to visit universities

Each student throughout the two year programme is supported by their progress mentor in terms of career planning, and preparing for either post 18 employment or training or for a higher education course. Students meet weekly their progress mentor, and as part of the pastoral programme, will be supported and advised to ensure a secure destination is achieved.

The College’s policy statement of Provider Access can be viewed here: Providers Access Policy

For further information about the College’s Careers Strategy please contact:

Stephanie Dean, Director of Achievement and Support

Email: dean_s@sjd.ac.uk