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Steps to Success Careers Provision

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.  

We measure the impact of the Careers Programme through student panels, usage figures in Unifrog and destination data which we compiled each year. If you would like to contact our Careers Advisor, Ms Boyle, for online careers guidance, you can email her at

To view the Careers Guidance Policy, revised November 2020, please click here.

The Careers policy is reviewed annually, with the next review due March 2021.


  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
  • STEM PSHE day
  • 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 skillset
  • 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 a 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)
  • UCAS Fair
  • 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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