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.
For information about Careers, specifically in Buckinghamshire, please visit the Bucks Skills Hub Website below :
Please see below for Employer Encounters that took place at Burnham Grammar School during 2021.
Our Careers Programme can be accessed in our Careers policy below :
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.
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: PennyChidgey@adviza.org.uk
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Amazing Apprenticeships - Please click the link below to view current information about apprenticeship opportunities.
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:
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 future-talent.com 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 :