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If you would like to contact our Careers Advisor, Ms Boyle, for online careers guidance, you can email her at

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 which 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.  

To download our Careers Guidance Strategy document (revised March 2020), please click here.


Year Group Steps to Success Programme Scholarship Programme

Introduction to Unifrog to enable students to log achievements and clubs etc.

English department trips to the Globe theatre highlighting Careers in the Arts.

Opportunity to join the School Council, participate in the STEM club.

Students on target to achieve 5 subjects at level 7 and above will be invited onto the Programme

Growth Mindset activities


PSHE lessons using Oxford University Careers Service


Students record evidence of their skills on Unifrog and start to explore the super curriculum.

Registration with IGGY, Warwick University

WCIB Competition


Evaluating what type of jobs suit your skill set

Session with Fast Tomato with the school careers advisor.

Options Programme

Guided pathways to a successful future

Choosing a creative option

Learn to Earn Day

Introducing Labour Market Information. Sessions with link employer ACCA and Railway delivery group.

Philosophy for Children

Preparing for Critical Thinking tests

Individual interviews with an independent Careers Advisor


Opportunity to join the Student Leadership Team

Careers Fair to expose students to range of occupation available

Inspiring the Future volunteers

Future Learn MOOCS

Trips to Oxford & Cambridge

Individual interviews with an independent Careers Advisor


Individual interviews with an independent Careers Advisor & Sixth Form guidance interviews

Sixth Form induction programme which included Careers Fair

Using Unifrog to explore Universities/Apprenticeships

National Citizen Challenge

Unifrog Oxbridge Tool

Participate in a programme of trips and activities related to your chosen profession

Speakers for Schools


Career-focused PSHE programme

ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (includes 50 hours volunteering and 2-week work experience)


Linked to a professional mentor in your chosen profession

Specialist support with your UCAS application to prepare you for Oxbridge applications


Guest speakers from a wide range of organisations and occupations

Livery Link

CV and interview preparation

Preparation for Oxbridge tests and interviews


End of Careers Clusters   Logos (Mar 2019)

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