Woodmanstern Primary


We are proud to be able to offer our pupils the help and support they need to make informed choices about their futures. Through
one-to-one meetings with Senior Leadership, talks given by professionals, educational trips or via the curriculum we deliver, we provide our learners with many opportunities to investigate their future pathways.

We work with post 16 providers, apprenticeship providers, higher education providers, external agencies and businesses to ensure the advice we give is current, correct and appropriate to the individual pupils.

All pupils are supported via the PSHE programme as well as through meetings with a member of Senior Leadership at key points in their education. They are also welcome to “drop in” if they have a question about their next steps at any time during their school career.

We believe in investing in our pupils’ futures by offering them valuable and continuing opportunities to learn and by allowing them to fully explore the options that are open to them.

We hope that you find this section of our website informative.

Careers Lead : Martin Mirshemirani
Contact number :  020 8764 1825 ext 149
    Contact email : mmirshemirani@woodmansterne.london

The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for delivering high quality education in schools and is a vehicle for sustaining personal and academic development.

The Gatsby Benchmarks identify 8 key areas for schools to focus on to ensure that students leave education with the right guidance and a comprehensive understanding of how their aspirations are realised in the wider world.

These are the 8 benchmarks:                                                                                

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

In this section of the website you can find out how we use the benchmarks to support Careers Education at Woodmansterne Secondary School.









Careers Programme

The below document will give you some insight as to how we aim to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks at Woodmansterne. Through strategic planning at key points in the academic year we aim to maximise every curriculum and extra-curricular opportunity in our delivery of careers education. 

Whilst each year presents new opportunities, and as a school we constantly evaluate our provision and seek out new opportunities, the below table represents the skeletal structure of our careers programme. 

Useful Links


InvestIN provide free seminars to parents and pupils, looking at transferable skills and job market opportunities


UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) provides accurate and recent information about career pathways in the UK


First Careers is an online database which allows students to search for careers by subject, sector and brand


Find Courses provides information on average salaries for jobs across the UK


This Is How shows young people the pathway towards career goals,


Find your Future provides an online showcase for a variety of industries, sectors and courses



Labour Market Information

Learning from Careers and Labour Market Information (Gatsby Benchmark 2) 

Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI) is becoming more and more important as the world changes, so that all students can be aware of where different job roles are needed around the country and what types of jobs may need more people in the future.? Below is information on what labour market information actually means. 

LMI means finding out the following things about different job roles or career pathways: 

  • What do people actually do in this job / industry? 
  • How many people work in this job / industry? 
  • How much do people get paid in this job / industry? 
  • What qualifications do I need to do this job? What skills or qualities do I need to do this job? 
  • What are the typical working hours for this job? 
  • What percentage of men / women work in this job / industry? 
  • Where can this job / industry take me in the future? 
  • Where are these jobs located around the country? 
  • How many of these jobs will there be in the future? 

At Woodmansterne we aim to use LMI to inform the way we guide you in your support interviews, as well as to develop opportunities to reflect within our curriculum. 

Students may find the following links useful when considering how their goals for the future compare with the realities of the labour market: 

The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decisions.     https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/  
Icould provides real stories about industry professionals to inspire you in your career       https://icould.com/  

This page is your go to place for the latest Labour Market Information for all areas of London


Labour Market Information in London
We live in one of the largest and most commercially successful cities in the world, but the latest labour market data can give us a clearer picture of the trends and opportunities in our great city: https://data.london.gov.uk/briefings/labour-market-update-for-london-january-2021/   

How can LMI help me find a job? 

Useful Links

Average Salary Guide

Labour Market Information by UK

Labour Market Information London

London Market Information Bulletin

What Graduates do

Technology and Math Graduates

Employability in sport

Work Experience

Work experience for students is an important part of careers education, linking directly to Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees.

At Woodmansterene we aim to offer a work experience placement to all students once they have completed their GCSE exams, allowing them to focus on the placement and its associated opportunities without missing crucial curriculum time.

Whilst we reserve physical placement for the latter part of Key Stage 4, we continue to look for virtual work experience opportunities for our students at various points in the year.

Virtual Work Experience Placements 

The following Virtual Work Experience Placements are on offer over the summer holidays for students in Year 10 who are interested in applying:

19th -23rd July
Number of placements: 4

2nd - 6th August
Number of placements: 20

2nd - 6th August
Child Poverty Action Group
Number of placements: 8

2nd - 6th August
Liberty Global
Number of placements: 10

These are unique and popular opportunities for students interested in future careers in these fields of work.

If you are interested, you can get more information and apply here

Please also email me at mmirshemirani@woodmansterne.london to let me know that you have applied. You should also put my details into your application. I can then support your application.

Good luck!

Mr Mirshemirani

Post-16 Options

Post-16 study in schools and sixth form colleges traditionally utilises the following pathways:

  • A-Levels
  • T-Levels
  • Technical and Vocational Qualifications (Level 1)

There are also a range of apprenticeships and supported internships available for students once they complete their GCSE studies.

The National Careers Service outlines the aims and arrangements for post-16 study in the UK:


We aim to support transition to post-16 study by facilitating sample sessions, arranging one-to-one advice through qualified careers advisors and offering a challenging yet supportive sixth form environment right here at Woodmansterne.

For more information on our sixth form provision beginning September 2022, please click here

Useful Links

Apprenticeships 2021

Career Planners

Post 16- It's your choice

Lambeth College Careers

Ask about Apprenticeships

University Links

At Woodmansterne we aim to develop links with further education providers and expose our students to a range of pathways linked to post-18 study.  

Oxford University
We have been fortunate enough to develop links with Oxford University for virtual seminars with Year 8 (Brain Gym) and Year 10 (What is all the fuss about Oxbridge?). 

Kingston University
All Woodmansterne Secondary pupils are taken on a trip to Kingston University to experience facilities and student life in further education. We have been unable to run this trip in 2020/21 due to COVID restrictions. 

Are you interested in the below virtual sessions run by University College London? Use the below link to sign up. 


Friends of Woodmansterne

At Woodmansterne, we are very keen engage our students with the careers curriculum in a practical way.

We have found that students gain a lot from external speakers who can offer a range of different viewpoints and advice.

As a result, we are very interested in bringing in people and organisations from outside of the school/college to engage with our learners about the world of work, post-16 choices, apprenticeships, higher education or school leaver programmes.

If you are able to offer us any support - by providing work placements, for example, or sharing your experiences in a particular industry or career then please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Education Development Trust  

What do they do for Woodmansterne?

As a school we are committed to providing objective and accurate guidance to all our students. To ensure this we buy in a Careers Advisor from the Educational Development Trust to provide this for every student in Year 10. This supports our ongoing commitment to provide personalised guidance to each student.

We ensure that our curriculum reflects this ambition for our students and aim to ensure that our sixth form offer is wide-ranging and challenging.

More information on our sixth form provision can be found here

Who are Education Development Trust.


Future Frontiers



Coming soon! A pool of industry professionals who kindly give up their time to support careers education at Woodmansterne



Careers for Me 

It is never too early to start thinking about career choices. It is important as a student to consider how your curriculum links to the world of work, and how each career has a beginning point. Find out more about entry points to exciting careers below.

Employability Checklist

Apprenticeship vs University


BAME Careers in Law

Becoming a Lawyer

Career in The Army


Vocational Courses