La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School

Careers Education

Careers Education

La Retraite is committed to developing the whole individual and sees investing in Careers as essential to achieving this.

From Year 7 through to Year 13, students follow a comprehensive careers programme called 'Steps to Success', which enables them to develop the skills and attributes required for the world of work.

In addition to supporting students with access to University or Apprenticeships, La Retraite offers a Scholarship Programme that is available to the top 20% in each year group, according to ability. Participation in the Scholarship Programme prepares students for Competitive University applications such as Oxbridge or Medicine.

We measure the impact of the Careers Programme through student panels, usage figures in Unifrog and destination data which we compiled each year.

To contact our Careers Lead, Ruth Coyle, please email 

To contact our independent Careers Advisor, Ms Boyle, please email

Provider Access Statement


The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 sets out new requirements on the number and types of encounters schools will need to deliver for their pupils with providers of technical education or apprenticeships.

This statement sets out the school's arrangements for managing the access of providers to secondary students at our school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Provider obligations for pupil encounters

  • The Skills Act specifies schools provide at least six encounters with providers of approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships
  • Two in Y8/9, two in Y10/11 (which are mandatory for all registered learners to attend) two in Y12/13 (which it is mandatory the school offer but optional for learners to attend).
  • Two encounters in the same phase cannot be with the exact same provider
  • Schools should ask providers to whom access is given to provide information that includes the following— (i) information about the provider and the approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships that the provider offers, (ii) information about the careers to which those technical education qualifications or apprenticeships might lead, (iii) a description of what learning or training with the provider is like, and (iv) responses to questions from the pupils about the provider or approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.
  • Mandated for each registered pupil not just select groups
  • Expected to come into force in January 2023

Management of provider access requests

Opportunities for access

Our provision includes various opportunities for students to access a range of events. These are mainly integrated into the school's careers programme and curriculum. These events are therefore delivered internally, with contribution from external providers where appropriate.

The school works with external agencies such as higher education providers including London Southbank University & Roehampton University, in addition the schools works with professional bodies to deliver workshops and engagement through the schools blended Careers and Personal development programme. LDN apprenticeships, ASK, Lambeth college and JP Morgan offer support to deliver engagement with pupils.


A provider, other than the school, wishing to request access should contact the Headteacher or Director of Sixth Form, via the school's contact details. Local providers are invited to key relevant events. In addition, external providers interested in coming into the school should speak to the Careers Lead. The details can be gained by calling the school's main switchboard or via

The school's policy on safeguarding sets out the approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.

From June 2022 all visits by external visitors except for parents/carer and key professionals listed below, all others will be subject to a visitor protocol.

Visitors who do not need to be DBS-checked but who must prove their identity via official records/cards are:

  • HMI and Ofsted Inspectors
  • Members of the Metropolitan Police
  • Local Authority Visitors including Social Workers
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) representatives
  • NHS Staff

To request a visit your school contact must complete a visitor request form and send it to the Designated Safeguarding lead. This will detail the person/company visiting, the purpose of the visit and ensure appropriate due diligence has been applied to establish they are appropriate visitors.

Once approved the visitor or external speaker must sign to the visiting agreement form and return it to the La Retraite staff member organising the visit or event. If this is an company/organisation this only needs to be completed by the most senior member in charge of the group on that day.


Once visits have been agreed, the school will provide appropriate rooming to facilitate the visit, along with any equipment requested by the provider, where it is available. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature.

Careers Guidance Policy

To view the Careers Guidance Policy, revised Autumn 2021, please click here.



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