Careers, Employability & Enterprise Education

During the Seven Year Learning Journey here at Presdales School, we are preparing students for their future in modern Britain, as resilient citizens that are able to achieve their own personal goals, while having the skills to adapt to the changing demands of the economy.

The Careers Lead at Presdales is Mrs Julie Stephenson, Deputy Head Teacher.

To contact her about Careers Education at Presdales, please email or telephone 01920 462210.

Presdales is currently working towards the completion of the Investor in Careers Award.

How is Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education taught at Presdales School?

Presdales has implemented the eight Gatsby Benchmarks through PSHE lessons as well as wider curriculum learning opportunities.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

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

We work closely with Services for Young People (SfYP) (formally known as YC Herts), to provide 1:1 careers guidance interviews for students in Years 8-13 with a Level 6 Qualified Careers Guidance Advisor. This support is in addition to meetings with Form Tutors, Heads of Year and members of the Senior Leadership Team that students will have when making a careers progression decision.

To enhance our provision we also work closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company and an Enterprise Advisor who review the Careers, Employability and Enterprise provision provided to ensure we are fully meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The careers information published is reviewed every year in the summer term.

Year 7

Summer Holidays

Summer School

Autumn Term

STEM Army activity Day : 20th and 21st October 2021

Spring Term

Careers week workshops : 7th to 12th March 2022

Summer Term

Enterprise House Event

All Year

Unifrog careers activities in SMSC

Using the Super Curriculum

Enterprise Education Opportunities at Presdales School

Each year group has the opportunity to take part in enrichment opportunities to widen their enterprise skills.

• The whole school takes part in the annual Christmas Fair to raise funds for the Presdales PTA
• The whole school takes part in various activities to raise funds for the school charity and this is led by a sixth form team.
• Year 12 students can take part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme

Parent Database

We are trying to build up a careers programme that will support every student at Presdales School with their future decisions.

As part of this process we would like to increase the number of employer encounters that each student receives and it would be great if parents could support us with this endeavour.

Please click here to complete a short survey detailing what support you feel you can offer.

Thank you in advance and please let us know if you have any questions:

Useful Careers Websites for Parents/Carers

The following websites are recommended for parents/carers to be able to know how to support your child when they are making careers decisions. Please note that there are many more sites available, these are provided as a starting point to help you to support your child.

Services for Young People

SfYP (previously known as YC Herts) have a variety of tools for both young people and parents to support careers choices. At Presdales they have access to see a SfYP Adviser at a drop in clinic in school on a Tuesday between 1 and 1.30 or visit SfYP Access points around Hertfordshire.

National Careers Service

This is the government provided website to support careers education from the age of 13 – retirement!


Every student has a login for this complete destination platform.

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal

Find all your need to explore career opportunities in Hertfordshire – jobs, apprenticeships, support to make informed career decisions, explore the world of work in Hertfordshire, tips on gaining work experience, skills development, and lots more here.

Sign up below for their weekly careers bulletins for support with career ideas, career choices and opportunities.

Army STEM Day