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Careers and Work Experience

Careers at Forest Oak is taught through stand alone careers days as well as cross-curricular links through the rest of the curriculum. Learners are helped by staff to run the daily tuck shop, complete enterprise events and fundraising. Over their years at Forest Oak learners engage in several visits to both workplaces, careers events and to other educational provisions that they may wish to consider in their futures. These visits include: Forest Oak Sixth Form, Woodlands College, Blossomfield College and the National School and College Leavers Show.


All pupils receive individual careers guidance by our independent careers advisor who is able to help learners and their families decide on the right course of action and placement for them.

We adher to the Gatsby Benchmarks;

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance


School Careers Lead: Emily Baroch

If you have any questions about our careers programme or would like to offer feedback please contact Miss Baroch via email or dojo.

Independent Careers Advisor: Dave Hooley

Dave Hooley is an independent consultant who supports the students at Forest Oak  with transitions to both college and Sixth Form.

Dave is available to support both learners and families and is contactable via the careers lead or email.