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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. 


Careers Policy

Provider Access Policy

Careers Team

Mrs A Wheeler, 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.

Mrs A wheeler

Useful Information


Students are all given access to Unifrog from Year 7, to identify opportunities that link to their future. In KS3 and KS4, students are encouraged to use the platform to research different careers via the Careers Library and research what different subject areas at Higher Education involve via the Subjects Library. The platform uses four different quizzes to help students identify their strengths, areas of interest, and suggest possible subjects and careers that may be suited to them. In KS5, students use the platform to compare university courses, apprenticeships, and then apply successfully. We encourage all students to use Unifrog to track their work-related experience, skills, co-curricular and super-curricular activities.

At all key stages, staff utilise the platform to explore specific careers: their related subjects; pathways into; and up to date labour market information. We encourage parents/carers to use the Unifrog platform with your child, to prompt discussions about their next steps.

CXK is a charity that delivers career guidance & training programmes to support individuals to build the skills & confidence they need. They provide our independent careers advice and guidance and the CXK Blog provides regular updates for young people and their parents/carers. CXK deliver impartial, 1 to 1 or group advice to students at TGS throughout the year.

The National Careers Service provide careers information, advice and guidance. It can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work at all stages in your career. The Service has a useful tool to help support people in helping to determine what careers they might be suited to.

The Service provides Careers Advice, including a webchat and telephone support on 0800 100 900.

Additionally, The Skills Toolkit section of the website signposts to a range of free courses to boost your skills, including courses in Coding and Computer Science. 

Pathway CTM are an award-winning social enterprise that provides employment, training, support and opportunities for schools and students. They connect young people, schools & parents with leading global brands. They also provide employability skills training, free careers events, work experience & apprenticeship opportunities, and a mentor programme. All students can register for a Pathways Account

SkillsBuilder is a global movement of employers, educators, and impact organisations working together to ensure that one day, everyone builds the essential skills to succeed. The framework is centred around developing eight core skills.

MyPath has hundreds of videos available around specific careers. Their Job of the Week resource offers labour market information about a new job each week. 

KentChoices is a free online prospectus and application system for young people to apply to sixth forms, colleges, training providers and apprenticeships.

You can find lots of information throughout the site that will support you in making the best decision for your future, while also highlighting the skills you need to succeed post-16.

The UCAS website provides information about universities and university courses, as well as information about student accommodation and finance. You can also chat with current university students.

The UCAS Careers Quiz matches you with specific jobs and the different courses that previous students have studied to get there.

UCAS is not exclusively for those looking at attending university. You can also find out about Further Education and apprenticeships, as well as browse careers profiles.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company work with schools, colleges and employers to help every young person find their best next step.

They provide our Enterprise Advisor and help us to evaluate our careers programme. 


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