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Careers Programme

Our Careers Programme

Our Careers programme starts in Year 7 and supports students to realise their ambitions, achieve their full potential and provides them with the opportunity to explore different career prospects, ensuring that they have the knowledge to make informed choices about their future.

Developed in line with Gatsby Benchmarks the programme, run by experienced TGS Staff, combines sessions with a varied programme of guest speakers,  external Careers Specialists (CXK), inspiring input from our alumni, regular careers sessions, access to specialist careers software such as Unifrog, an annual Careers Fair (this year running virtually - see our Inspiring Careers Programme) and destination-specific support for those considering specific careers or destinations eg Oxbridge or Medicine or Law.

Tonbridge Grammar School measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils using The Gatsby Benchmarks.

As part of the statutory duty upon schools to secure independent careers guidance for students, Tonbridge Grammar School purchases independent impartial careers guidance from CXK - a Matrix standard organisation.

CXK Careers Guidance Advisers are professionally qualified to support and encourage students while they are making decisions about their future. During the confidential and impartial interview students can discuss possible options for further and higher education and explore different career ideas and opportunities. 

Get involved: Parents, Carers, Employers and Employees

At TGS we work with numerous employers and employees across a range of industries. It is our aim to provide encounters with employers and employees and experiences of the workplace, as set out below: 

Gatsby Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees   

  • To ensure that students receive at least ONE meaningful encounter with an employer during every year they are at school.  
  • Increase the number of activities which are conducted within school with the support of local employers and parents.  
  • To ensure that students have the opportunity to improve employability skills and their understanding of and awareness of entrepreneurship.  
  • To enable learners to gain the confidence to compete in the labour market by providing opportunities to gain the practical know-how and attributes that are relevant to gaining employment.  
  • Develop marketing materials for employers which will help them easily understand the impact of their involvement, the breadth of options available to them and the ways in which they can show they meet their corporate social responsibility.  
  • Create mechanisms where parents and alumni can express their interest to actively support employer related activity taking place within the school.   

Gatsby Benchmark 6: Experiences of the workplace

  • To ensure that students receive at least ONE meaningful experience of the workplace by the end of year 11 .  
  • To ensure that students receive at least ONE further meaningful experience of the workplace during year 12.  
  • To increase the number of employer workplace visits which will take place to enable students to gain more of an understanding of the wide range of employment opportunities available within specific industry sectors.

Provider Access Legislation

The updated provider access legislation (PAL) specifies schools must provide at least six encounters with approved providers of apprenticeships and technical education for all their students.

Get involved!

TGS alumni, parents, carers, and employers play an important part in career and education choices of young people and have a huge amount of expertise.  Could you share with us your career paths and knowledge and enrich our careers programme?

Do you provide apprenticeships or know of providers that are linked to routes into your sector? If so, could you help us with providing students with at least six encounters with approved providers of apprenticeships and technical education?

Can you help us with… Work Experience – Workshops - Insight visits - Talks and presentations - Support with interview practice and CV writing?

We would love to hear from you…



Or email:

Careers Policy

Provider Access Policy

Careers Team

Miss A Keeling, Careers Coordinator.
01732 365125

Mrs R Chibhaga - Enterprise Coordinator (Careers & Enterprise Company)

Mr Fitt, Careers Leader
01732 365125

The school teaches so much about opportunities that are open to the students both whilst at school and when the students move on to university and beyond.