To contact our careers leader please email Teresa Crowley+
Sir John Holman, a former Headteacher and founder of the National STEM Learning Centre, was asked by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to undertake an independent, international review of career guidance. Working with the University of Derby, the project visited six countries, analysed good practice in English schools and reviewed existing literature. From all of this, Sir John wrote the Good Career Guidance report. In the report, he identifies what 'good' looks like and outlines a framework of eight benchmarks that secondary schools and colleges can use to improve their career guidance programme.
Notre Dame RC Girls’ School uses this national policy as the framework to guide their careers programmes.
We are proud of all the opportunities we offer our pupils and we are confident our girls leave secondary school prepared for their future life in the world of work.
Some of the people we work with are:
Coin Street Community
Construction Youth Trust
Debate Mate Plus Career Programme
DELTAS - Law Programme
Inspiring the Future
London South Bank University
Making the Leap
Peabody Community Engagement
Speakers for Schools
Step Up Inspire to Aspire Programme
Below are links for you to see what work we do to fulfil the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.
Careers Statutory Guidance 2022
All schools careers programmes now have to achieve eight Gatsby Benchmarks which were introduced after a report written by Sir John Holman in 2014 commissioned by the Rowntree Foundation expressed serious concerns about the quality of delivery of careers advice, information and guidance in schools. One of the recommendations of the report was that all schools should have a qualified careers leader. Teresa Crowley successfully passed the course in July 2019 and is now a Level 6 Accredited Careers Leader.
Learning from career and labour market information
Addressing the needs of each pupil
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Encounters with employers and employees
Encounters with further and higher education
Personal GuidanceCareers provider access policyCitizens UK
Compass Evaluations take place every 6 months; this is the tool which measures the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks to assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils.
Livery Schools Link
We are very grateful to the Livery Schools Link for their work with the school, especially during lockdown when a fundraising incentive saw the school being awarded £5,000 to pay for devices for students. We were able to purchase twenty six laptops and eight dongles.
Special thanks go to David Barker and Maureen Marden who are very supportive of Notre Dame School.
Making the Leap
We work with a charity Making the Leap who through one of their corporate sponsors Your One Wish was able to donate three laptops to the school We appreciate the support and help that Making the Leap give the school especially Betty Campbell and Marlene Anderson.
Due to our involvement in Peckham and Southwark Citizens we were fortunate to be awarded four laptops for students.
We are very grateful to our partners for their support these donations made such a difference to the lives of forty one students.
We also received a grant from the Worshipful Association of Pattern Makers to purchase school bags to support students in school with financial difficulties. We are very grateful to the Pattern Makers for their support especially Richard Kottler.
The Quality in Careers Award is renewed every 3 years. Due to Covid the renewal date is currently pending.
The school has reviewed the information published as of October 2021.
- Prospects - a good website about Education and careers - www.prospects.ac.uk
- Government website - some free courses on digital skills - https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk