The Vision for Careers at Grafham Grange School

Personal Development is incredibly important at Grafham Grange School as it will support pupils to develop the knowledge, skills, values and confidence they will need to keep themselves safe and healthy and lead rich and fulfilling lives as part of modern society.

As part of that provision our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance curriculum helps our students prepare themselves for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will have once they leave Grafham Grange School.  We aim to help our students make decisions and manage transitions both as learners and workers and our offer has been structured around the Gatsby Benchmarks, working with our careers partner EBP South and in partnership with the Surrey Careers Hub.

We recognise that our SEMH students will be on their own unique education and careers journey, and we provide support according to their stage and not their age to ensure students leave school with the self-belief, direction and tools required to achieve in education, enter employment, become a valued member of society and lead rewarding lives.

Careers Programme 

Our careers programme is constantly being reviewed and improved to meet the specific needs of our cohort.

Click here for our current Careers Programme

How Do We Measure Impact

Speed Networking Event

speed networking

As our careers programme is in its infancy and new to our students, we are currently measuring impact using feedback from students regarding their experiences, to ensure we have the right provision to cater to the needs of our cohort.

We have recently held a Speed Networking event for students in Yr9, Yr10 and Yr11, feedback can be found here.




Your Future – Interview Ready Workshop

In March 2024 all Year 9, 10 and 11  were invited to take part in a get interview ready workshop, here is the evaluation of the feedback:

Grafham Grange 2003 Interview Ready Infographic

















Using Employability Skills – Who Dunnit! Workshop

In May students took part in Who Dunnit! workshop, here is a summary:

Grafham Grange 1305 Who Dunit! Infographic

Careers Leader 

The careers leader for our school is Claire McDonnell and can be contacted by email at: or via the school office on 01483 892214.

Provider Access Policy

Grafham Grange School is committed to providing high quality careers guidance and advice. Our Provider Access Policy (below) gives details of how training providers can visit the school to offer eligible students information and advice about career pathways.

Click here for the Provider Access Policy 

The Gatsby Benchmarks – what are they?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of career advice. They are also a very important part of the Government’s career strategy. In order to ensure our students enjoy high quality careers guidance and experiences, we will be working to embed the below eight Gatsby Benchmarks throughout our Careers Programme by the end of 2020 in line with DfE expectations.

  • A Stable Careers Programme 
  • Learning from Career and Labour Market Information 
  • Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil 
  • Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
  • Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Experiences of Workplaces
  • Encounters With Further Education
  • Personal Guidance

For more information on the Gatsby benchmarks please click on the following link

Other resources

Next Steps – Preparing for Adulthood – Your guide to Surrey’s post 16 training, employment and vocational pathways for young people with additional needs

Preparing for adulthood | Surrey Local Offer