Marriotts School provides careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to students at all stages of their school career.

We appreciate the importance of Careers education and guidance and it is our aim to build a world class careers system that will help our young people choose the career that is right for them.  It is an inherent element of the school’s provision to provide a rich and balanced education as it assists students to make decisions at key transition points and supports their successful transition from school to further education or work. As part of this transition  we  want to ensure that  our students can make informed choices about their next steps . As such it is vital that our students and parents are well informed, and that students are provided with a wide range of opportunities.

A dedicated careers team is needed to ensure the above is possible, at Marriotts these are:

The Careers Team

Careers Leader: Lesley Tether Assistant Headteacher. Can be contacted at

Careers Administrator:  Kathryn White

Careers Advisors: Jane Shipley, Zoe Murphy, Nadine Williamson, Dan Gendle

Careers Governor: TBA

Careers Provision

The Marriotts School is committed to providing the highest quality careers provision, adopting the government’s required Gatsby Benchmarks at the core of its Careers programme. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are as follows:

  1. A stable careers programme: Every school and college should have a careers programme that is known and understood by the school community. Our Careers programme can be found in the link below.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information: Every pupil and their parents should have access to high-quality information about their future education options and job opportunities. At Marriotts we liaise with parents through our weekly newsletter regarding careers, we use the Start programme to inform parents and provide our students with a wealth of advice and opportunities to ensure they are fully informed to make the best decision for them.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil: Pupils should receive careers guidance differentiated by their stage of education. Advice and support should be tailored to the needs of the pupil, and equality and diversity should always be taken into consideration. At Marriotts we have devised a careers programme for each of our year groups and are mindful of students who may need additional support and to avoid stereotypes around careers advice. For example, we are actively supporting a number of girls to pursue Engineering, and mechanics and a number of our boys are considering health care roles and catering opportunities.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers: All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. Teachers of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects should highlight how STEM subjects can lead to a wide range of career paths. Our teachers use their subject knowledge to further inform students of opportunities in their area of expertise and we have a thriving STEM community and a number of opportunities that have arisen from this. Please click on the link below for further information.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees: Every pupil should be provided with numerous opportunities to learn from employers about the world of work and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be achieved through a range of activities such as visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. This Gatsby Benchmark is a very central feature of our careers programme at Marriotts. We provide our students with a wealth of opportunities to meet with employers notably through our yearly careers fair, and our weekly programme of visiting guest speakers. We also operate mentoring through our work with ELSA and Herts University and have taken part in a number of enterprise schemes through the Aspire programme and  the Pathfinder day to name but a few.
  6. Experiences of workplaces: Every pupil should have first-hand experience of the workplace through visits, shadowing and/or work experience. At Marriotts each of our year 10 students have a work experience placement in year 10. We find this provides them with a valuable first-hand experience and for many is the kick start they need to really consider their next steps.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education: Every pupil should understand the full range of learning opportunities available to them, including both academic and vocational routes. At Marriotts we ensure our students are fully informed of the different routes open to them and do so through assemblies, visiting speakers, our careers day and by talking to our careers advisors.
  8. Personal guidance: Whenever significant study or career choices are being made, every pupil should be given the opportunity to take part in a guidance interview with a careers adviser – this could be a member of school staff or an external provider, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. Currently at Marriotts our students have the opportunity in year 11 to talk to our Careers Guidance Advisor from YC Herts and our staff are always on hand to advise students of the best pathway available to them.

 Careers Programme

Our Careers programme provides students with the necessary self-knowledge and information to make informed and realistic decisions about their future. You will find details of our Careers Programme detailed in our Careers Policy below

It is delivered through enrichment days, the Marriotts Life Skills Programme, assemblies and form tutors. We work closely with YC Herts, ELSA, Further and Higher Education institutions, and value our links with local Businesses.

Employer Talks: We have various businesses that come and present talks to the students

Canada Life
Hospitals Charity
Nuffield Leisure
Cromwell Hotel

Advice for Parents

Careers Advice is not just for Young People, Parents/Carers also need support to help young people make tough and challenging decisions. Careers advice for parents is a website that has been set up by careers professionals and recommended by the UK Career Development Institute. ‘Careers Advice for Parents aims to give you an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child’s future career prospects.’

This particular site is aimed at parents or guardians of young people who are faced with, or who will be faced with, making decisions about their options post 18. Parent Advisor information about all of the options post 18, including apprenticeships and gap years, as well as Higher Education.

The National Careers Service is also a good, reliable source of impartial advice and guidance.


Apprenticeships are high quality work-based training programmes, ideal for young people who want to develop their career prospects.

Apprenticeships allow you to focus on a career area of your choice, train on the job and be paid as an employee whilst also studying for a nationally recognised vocational qualification – so you earn while you learn.

Course content will vary depending on the type of Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship undertaken. However, you will always gain the following: Practical experience related to your career; a level 3 Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at level 2 for Apprenticeships, or level 3 for an Advanced Apprenticeship and Level 4 for Higher /Degree Apprenticeships; Key Skills qualifications e.g. problem solving, team work, communication and technology; a technical certificate such as a BTEC National Diploma or City & Guilds award (included in most Apprenticeships). Your weekly balance of work will again depend on the type of Apprenticeship that you do and you may be required to study at home during evenings and weekends.

Entry requirements are flexible because Apprenticeships are not just based on academic achievement. We also take into account practical skills and your interest in the area of work you’ve chosen.

Careers Week – 21-25 October 2019

Throughout their time at Marriotts, your child will be involved in a wide variety of opportunities to explore Careers Education.  This is an important part of the 11-19 curriculum, and a major contribution to preparing our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and life experiences they will encounter.  As part of this curriculum, the school is running a Careers Week from 21-25 October 2019.  During this week, students will take part in many activities, including:

  • Crest in a day
  • Hertfordshire University Talks
  • Team Building Activities
  • Work the Change
  • Interview techniques
  • “Get Work Ready”
  • Sixth Form Taster Sessions

These activities have been planned to increase awareness of the skills required by employers, and to provide students with an opportunity to observe, practice and reflect on their own skills.

Further details on each year groups tailored activities will follow.  Please note, there is a slight change to the school timetable on Tuesday 22nd October:

Year Start Finish
7 9am 2:45pm
8 9am 2:45pm
9 9am 2:45pm
10 8:30am 3pm
11 9am 2:45pm
Sixth Form 8:30am 3pm

Students in Years 8, 10, 11 and Sixth Form will also have the opportunity to visit the Marriotts Careers and Apprenticeships Fayre on Wednesday 23rd October 2019, which will include representatives from over 40 organisations.  We are hoping to open the Fayre to parents between 3pm and 4pm.

New for this year, we are introducing an initiative called ‘Take Your Child to Work’, offering the chance for your child to accompany a parent, or other named adult, to their workplace.  We would also ask for those who take part to reflect on their experiences during the day and complete a short report afterwards.

During the initiative, it is hoped that students will take time to observe, shadow and speak to both employers and employees at the place of work.  The aim is to help students understand the roles and responsibilities of different employees in an organization, reflect on strengths, establish confident communication skills with peers and adults, and relate future job opportunities to their personal qualifications and skills.  We hope that the experience will prove to be worthwhile and enjoyable.

We will be running the initiative on Monday 21st, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October.  As part of this invitation, we invite you to arrange for your child to accompany you, or another named adult, to your workplace on one of these days.  If you are interested in taking part, please complete the enclosed form and return it to school before Friday 11th October.  If you have any queries, please contact Mrs. K White on

Please note, it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure correct supervision of their child whilst on placement (including a risk assessment), and that the insurance held by the workplace covers the student (which most employers should already have in place).

As the school is legally required to account for the whereabouts of students, students will only be able to participate if the school receives full details of the work placement on the form attached.  If you do not wish for your child to take part, they will be expected to attend school.


ELSA – Education, Learning, Skills and Achievement – is a Community Interest Company that delivers bespoke educational programmes to young people within Hertfordshire and is another one our providers.

At Marriotts, we work closely with the students to help inspire and enable networking through inspirational speakers, collaboration with local businesses and charities and provide opportunities for on-going links that the young people can explore.

We aim to bridge the gap between education and employment for the young people living within our region.

Our aim is to engage with every young person that we meet and help them understand what skills employers are looking for in the next generation.

Our work is only possible with the exceptional support of our business volunteers.

At every event, we take in volunteers from all different sectors of commerce to help educate students in specific company approaches to recruitment as well as using their own unique stories to inspire and raise aspirations.

Working across a variety of educational settings, we deliver in mainstream schools, schools where students have social, emotional and/or mental needs, centres that support students who have been permanently excluded or young people who are living within our residential care system.

If you are aware of any employers, who may be interested to find out how they could be involved in supporting Marriotts students to become more ‘Work Ready’, ELSA would love to hear from you.

Please contact:

 YC Herts

YC Herts have supported us through Work Experience for all Year 10 students for many years. They also provide a personal adviser who sees every Year 11 student for at least one meeting, often two. They offer support at GCE and GCSE results days.

Herts University

We have also joined forces with the University of Hertfordshire and we are part of their Beacon and the Aspire Higher Programmes.

We have taken part in the  ‘My Perfect University’ day. Its aim was to inform young people of their options when they leave school including College, Apprenticeships and University. During the day myths were dispelled  regarding university, students learnt about the wider skills they can gain through higher education and were given information on the funding available. The competition also improved the soft skills of teamwork, communication and leadership which are needed for the world of work.

A group of students then went onto represent the school at the University of Hertfordshire to compete in the final of ‘My Perfect University’. This was highly successful- the Marriotts team emerging as worthy winners.

Aspire Programme

Aspire, is a project run by the charity Transitions UK. The Aspire Project which is based in Watford and Stevenage, is aimed at supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Project works with young people aged 14-15 years old, who have been highlighted as needing extra support via weekly mentoring sessions. The main aim of the role would be to support young people to make positively informed choices via advising and guiding.  A part of the mentoring task  entails meeting ‘individual needs’, by working on various aspects such as managing difficult emotions and challenges, enhancing emotional literacy to enable young people to verbalise their feelings, self-esteem, school attendance, supporting in obtaining life skills and so on. A vital part of our role is also to support the young person to maximise their opportunities and potential by encouraging them to learn new skills and refine those which may need improving such as communication skills and development of empathy and self- awareness.

Careers Lead:
Mrs L Tether, Assistant Head.

Contact Details:
Email –
Telephone – 01438 726999