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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

Staffing and contact details

Mrs S Holmes is the Careers Leader and teacher in charge of Citizenship, she teaches the course from Year 7 to Year 11

Mrs Holmes can be contacted by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr C Savage & Miss How teach Key Stage 3 citizenship

Mr T Randman teaches Year 10 citizenship

Mr P Wright delivers the Sixth Form Personal Development programme

Mr J Ambrose of Complete Careers provides impartial information, advice and guidance to students one day each week

Students in Key Stage 3 are taught Citizenship and Careers in a weekly lesson, this includes elements of Digital Citizenship and ICT skills. In addition to this students are taught topics concerned with ‘Well-being’ during a form period – the normal timetable is suspended for one lesson every fortnight. The curriculum is enhanced by regular visits from health professionals, Police Officers and people with expertise in business and industry. These include regular school nurse clinics, presentations from guest speakers, QEGS Alumni, curriculum theme days and drama workshops.

Our courses set out to raise student aspirations by encouraging students to challenge stereotypes and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed choices about:

  • Their health and lifestyle

  • Their environment

  • Their future

  • Their rights and responsibilities

As a QEGS student, this is what you can expect your careers programme to look like, based around the government’s Gatsby Benchmarks:


Careers and Citizenship at QEGS: Student Programme

Gatsby Benchmark

Careers and Citizenship at QEGS will provide the following opportunities to meet this benchmark…

1) A stable careers programme

  • Year 7: Self-awareness and work related learning is covered in the personal development programme
  • Year 8: Careers module covering employability qualities
  • Year 9: Careers module covering careers research and GCSE options
  • Year 9: Introduction to higher education module covered in citizenship
  • Year 10: Apprenticeships are introduced and explored
  • Year 10: Work related learning modules covered
  • Year 11: Careers module covering work experience  and post 16 options
  • Year 12: CV’s and interview skills citizenship module
  • Year 12: Careers module covering UCAS applications, apprenticeships and student finance

2) Learning from career and labour market information

  • All years: Careers libraries in the school library and sixth form study room
  • Year 9: Options evening with guest speakers to inform on the different routes
  • Year 10: Citizenship modules covering ‘Rights at Work’ and ‘Trade Unions’
  • Year 12: National and local labour market module covered

3) Addressing the needs of each pupil

  • Year 9: Individual strengths and weaknesses profiling in citizenship
  • Year 9: Lesson in citizenship module challenging stereotypical thinking
  • Year 9: ‘Stop the clock’ student interviews
  • Year 10 onwards: Personal careers planning
  • Year 11: Detailed action plans developed from careers interviews
  • Year 11: ‘Stop the clock’ student interviews
  • Year 11: Transitions Evening focusing on next steps
  • Year 12: Each student is assigned an academic tutor
  • Post 18: Destination data monitored

4) Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • All years: Links to careers within subject lessons
  • Year 9: Options evening, ‘Careers in this subject’ discussions to support GCSE options process

5) Encounters with employers and employees

  • Year 10-13: Careers fair supported by local business and alumni members
  • Year 12: Mock job interviews with local business volunteers
  • Year 12: Challenge of management days, local business leaders act as advisors

6) Experiences of workplaces

  • All years: Young Enterprise Scheme event attended
  • Year 11: Work experience for a week
  • Year 12: students encouraged to complete work experience
  • Year 13: Work experience is an option for enrichment lessons

7) Encounters with further and higher education

  • Year 10: ‘First Steps to Study’ programme with Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Year 11: National Citizen Service promoted and students encouraged
  • Year 12: Visit to a Higher Education Convention at the University of Lincoln
  • Year 12: ‘Next Steps to Study’ programme with Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Year 12: Information for, and support with attending university open days provided
  • Year 12: Post 18 information evening attended by visiting speakers from local universities

8) Personal guidance

  • Y9-13: Students referred for 1:1 guidance interviews
  • Year 11: 1:1 guidance interviews for all students with an external careers advisor
  • Year 11-13: external careers advisor is available at one parents evening for each year group
  • Year 12: Each student is assigned an academic tutor



The DfE released a new statutory guidance document in January 2018, including a number of new requirements for school careers programmes, most of which are to be met by the end of 2020.

The most immediate requirement is for all schools to have a policy for 'Provider Access' so that everyone is clear on how and when outside organisations will be allowed access to students at QEGS Horncastle to promote other educational routes and training opportunities. We have now updated our Careers policy document to reflect this; it can be found under ‘Our School’, ‘Policies and Forms’ and then ‘Careers Policy’.

You can now get immediate and personal careers advice from the National Careers Service via phone, text or online chat.