Careers Programme and Advice

Careers Lead: Mr Lennon 


Telephone : 01628 604812

Burnham Grammar School prepares students for life beyond secondary school through its Aspirations Programme, essentially developing students’ skills and abilities towards the world of work to ensure they are prepared for the future.

At BGS we appreciate that our students will engage in future careers which will often currently be unknown to them, however these roles will develop and students must be able to adapt their skill set and knowledge over time.

Given the ability of our students, the Aspirations Programme is designed to stretch students academically to achieve the very best for themselves as individuals. In order to support our students to develop the skills they require post-secondary education and to support them in their decision making throughout their secondary education experience BGS fully embraces the National Gatsby Benchmarks.

In doing so, BGS works closely with the Bucks Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) advisor.

Ladi Mohammed is currently the Enterprise Coordinator assigned to support BGS.

BGS Careers Hub : Student Careers Information Site 

This Careers Hub is for BGS Students only. Please log in to your BGS Credentials to view. 

Our Careers programme can be accessed in our Careers policy below 

BGS Careers Policy 2020/21 

BGS assesses and measures the impact of the careers programme through stakeholder voice activities, for example through surveys. 

The results of these are reviewed by the Careers Lead. The Careers policy is reviewed annually.

The Burnham Grammar School Careers Policy & information regarding our careers programme and careers across the curriculum can be found below in the page downloads at the bottom of this page. 

Adviza is an independent charity which helps young people make informed decisions at key stages in their school life about learning and work. They aim to raise students’ aspirations and motivate them to achieve their full potential, helping with a range of questions students may have from generating career ideas to higher education, apprenticeships, money matters and volunteering.

Our Careers Adviser, Mrs Penny Chidgey, is available during term time on an appointment basis at the school. Appointments can be arranged via staff in school. The dates Mrs Chidgey will be in school are listed below. 

Mrs Chidgey also offers a lunchtime drop-in each week for all year groups.

Since September 2018 , the Careers advisor has been in school more frequently, enabling all students by the end of Key Stage 4 & 5 to access independent advice and guidance regarding their choices for the future. Mrs Chidgey works additional days to the regular Friday throughout the year to meet with a range of students. 

Mrs Chidgey is also available on year eight, 11, 12 and 13 Parents' Evenings and works with staff in school on a variety of careers related activities when these take place in school. During the Covid-19 arrangements, requests to speak to Mrs Chidgey regarding a 'Parents' Evening' type event should be made via the pastoral team.

You may email Mrs Chidgey on: 

Adviza Careers Advisor Dates - November 2020 - May 2021 

Mrs Chidgey will be available in school on the below dates. 

November 2020 Dates : Friday 6th November, Friday 13th November, Friday 27th November 2020 

December 2020 Dates : Friday 11th and Friday 18th December 2020

January 2021 Dates : Wednesday 6th January, Thursday 7th January, Friday 8th January, Friday 15th January, Wednesday 20th January, Friday 22nd January, Friday 29th January 2021.

February 2021 Dates : Wednesday 3rd February, Friday 5th February, Friday 12th February, Wednesday 24th February,Thursday 25th February, Friday 26th February 2021 

March 2021 Dates : Wednesday 3rd March, Thursday 4th March, Friday 5th March, Thursday 11th March, Friday 12th March, Wednesday 17th March, Thursday 18th March,Friday 19th March, Thursday 25th March, Friday 26th March 2021 

April 2021 Dates : Wednesday 21st April, Friday 23rd April, Wednesday 28th April, Friday 30th April 2021

May 2021 Dates : Friday 7th May, Wednesday 12th May, Friday 14th May, Friday 21st May, Wednesday 26th May, Friday 28th May 2021 

Links with employers are extremely important to us in order to develop our students’ understanding of the work place and future options.  If you are able and willing to support us with our careers’ programme, please contact us at:  Support could include giving talks/presentations in school, enabling us to visit your place of work with a group of our students or facilitating a work experience placement. 

Classroom to Careers Newsletters - Please click the links below to view information for BGS students and parents in regards to Careers in Bucks. 

Classroom to Careers Newsletter January 2021 

Classroom to Careers Newsletter March 2021 

Amazing Apprenticeships - Please click the link below to view current information about apprenticeship opportunities. 

Amazing Apprenticeships : Vacancies available to BGS Students 

Labour Market Information can be found following the link to posters at:

For Labour Market Information in Buckinghamshire please click on the following link and scroll to the bottom:


Useful Websites:

This provides you with excellent information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. 

This has information about apprenticeships with live vacancies available. When you register you can then browse the available apprenticeships in your chosen area and apply directly online. 

Apprenticeships are a great option for getting on the job ladder and earning a wage while you train.  

A good start for planning ahead for University and Higher Education. Easy to use website with links universities for further in-depth information. 

Try out their new A-Level explorer tool. 

Sign up with and they’ll keep you up to date with information and advice on the latest apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, courses and training that suit your interests, qualifications and needs as a school or college leaver. 

Useful information on tuition fees and student finance

PwC’s Virtual Classroom - a virtual programme open to students between Years 10 and 13 

PwC is an exciting virtual programme website for Year 10 & Year 13. The programme combines both live and pre-recorded sessions which will provide you with an insight into PwC and an opportunity to develop your employability skills. You’ll also have the chance to engage with a range of PwC ambassadors through the interactive live sessions, whilst having the flexibility to watch and listen to the recorded sessions at a time best suited to you each week. You will need to sign up to the PwC Virtual Live sessions - and this can be done by clicking on the following link and signing up :

PwC's Virtual Classroom 

Parent & Student Pathway CTM October 2020 Events

Please click on the links below to register for the Student & Parent Events. 

Students : Virtual Employability Skills Day 

Parent Insight Event : Possibilities for their future