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Student Careers Programme

Here at Vanguard School, we know that good careers education and advice has a significant role in preparing and enabling our students to lead successful, fulfilling lives as well as making a successful transition into adulthood and the world of work. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future.   



The careers education programme takes a whole-school approach by complementing the rest of the school curriculum but also involving parents, carers, teachers, external careers guidance providers, employers and other agencies. 

There are a wide range of careers support available at Vanguard School including: 

  • Visits to further and higher education institutions (colleges / universities) 
  • Visits to apprenticeship providers and accessing work experience placements 
  • Personalised careers advice from a qualified careers adviser in school 
  • Creating opportunities for students to develop transferrable life and social skills 
  • Sessions and activities on specific career pathways such as healthcare, teaching, business, etc. as well as post-16 and post-18 educational options. 
  • Careers Resource Corner - based in the school library and online which is accessible to all students, parents/carers and staff
  • Access to Unifrog - the complete careers destination platform

The Careers Education Programme is led by:

Zarko Zahariev - Careers Education Lead


t: 0208 059 6310


Vanguard School supports careers development through high quality and personalised work experience opportunities. We enjoy high quality relationships with a wide variety of external organisations and local businesses to provide opportunities for students to experience the workplace. We are always looking for additional opportunities to inspire and educate our students about the world of work. If you think you could support with the provision of delivering careers sessions, please contact the Career Education Lead (Zarko Zahariev) or contact the school office on 0208 059 6310.

Up-to-date information will be provided via email, post, via tutors and on this webpage. Students are encouraged to attend taster days and open days with a guideline of missing no more than 4 school days to careers events. 

The School will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school. In addition, the views of parents and students will be surveyed after key events e.g. the Annual Careers Fair, work experience opportunities. 

Students are encouraged to research their chosen career pathways carefully with an extensive range of information provided in school, online and via individual organisations/institutions. There are a number of useful websites to support students in their careers research below.


Useful Career Websites

General Advice on Careers

Applying to College/Sixth Form/Further Education


Applying to University

Summer Schools

  • – summer schools to encourage widening participation in universities.
  • – courses for any science and maths students to encourage them to consider science, maths or engineering at university.

Student Finance

  • – apply for your student loans and maintenance grants through this site. Also more info and advice on student finance including a calculator which can help you find out what financial support they are likely to get.
  • – the student loan company.
  • – Allows you to search all universities for available bursaries and scholarships. Also a budget calculator and loan predictor.
  • – info on bursaries for healthcare and social work students.

Volunteering, Work Placements and Gap Years