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Published: 10-08-2021
National Careers Week #NCW2023

BHCS Careers Vision Statement

The Brighton Hill Community School careers provision vision is to firmly embed a comprehensive careers programme within the curriculum, rooted in the Gatsby 8 Benchmarks.  

The provision will recognise the needs of each individual student in our care, enriching and empowering them to access the next stage of their education, while being aspirational in these Post-16 choices, providing a pathway towards well informed career decisions which will change their lives for the better.  

As a result, students will be happy, responsible citizens, prepared for the challenges they may face in life, who will continue to be aspirational in their life and career choices and so make positive contributions to society.

At BHCS we are committed to continued development of our Careers & Enterprise offer to students and in turn support the discussions parents, carers and staff will have with their children about the options available. We take pride in our commitment to reaching the Gatsby Career Benchmarks. All students and parents should have access to high-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. At BHCS our students work with a qualified careers adviser across Year 10 & Year 11 to make best use of available information.

We are developing a Careers and Enterprise programme at BHCS that will mean that by the age of 14, all students will have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options. Just click on the relevant zone button below to start exploring.


The 2022-23 academic year will see further developments in how we support our students, parents/carers and staff with good career education, information, advice & guidance (CEIAG). If you have any questions about CEIAG please do not hesitate to contact Mr David Watkins – Deputy Head SLT Careers Lead​​
01256 350 606​

Further information about Careers & Enterprise is outlined in the BHCS: Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy this includes how we work with any external providers who we welcome contact from.​

This document provides an overview of the Brighton Hill Community School Careers Programme., which is presented in the graphic below as a 'Road Map' so you can see how the programme is progressive across the 5 years students spend in our care.

Student Post-16 Destinations (Where do students go after secondary school?)

At BHCS we measure the impact of our Careers Programme using a number of measures

  • Post-16 Destinations
  • Termly Compass + Evaluations
  • 'Unifrog' Analysis of student engagement
  • Student feedback
  • Parent feedback
  • Staff feedback
  • External Agency feedback

The Post-16 destinations data shows where our students go after secondary school. The following graph and explanation help us understand how BHCS student destinations compare to other students in Hampshire.

The Youth Analysis Service (YAS) for Hampshire schools and academies provides us with data compiled from Hampshire Caseload Information Services (CCIS) based on the cohort of young people who were recorded as being academically aged Year 11 and in a Hampshire school/academy on 31st July 2021 (last year's Year 11) as follows:

  • 92.5% of Brighton Hill Community School Year 11s in 2021 moved to participating situations that meet the Department for Education defined 'Raising the Participation Age' (RPA)

The age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training is until at least their 18th Birthday.

This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:

  • full-time education (eg at a school or college)
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
    • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
    • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
  • 7.5% moved to other situations these include young people who are re-engaging and working towards participation, on a temporary break, unable to engage due to personal reasons as well as those whose situation is unknown or have moved out of area.
  • 0% moved to Non RPA compliant situations.

Compared to the whole Hampshire cohort where:

  • 91% of Yr11 2021 leavers moved to RPA situations
  • 7.5% moved to other situations 
  • 1.5% move to non-RPA compliant situations.

For the last 4 years BHCS has tracked above the Hampshire average % of students moving to RPA situations. It is worth noting the Covid pandemic has resulted in a drop in students moving to RPA situations, the previous 3 years to 2021 were as follows:

2020 BHCS 95.9% Hampshire 94.3%
2019 BHCS 95% Hampshire 94.9%
2018 BHCS 95.5% Hampshire 93.9%

For the class of 2021 55.9% of our RPA students went onto a sixth form college/School (QMC being the most popular) compared to 54.6% in Hampshire and 44.1% went on to a FE College (BCOT being the most popular) compared to 42.5% in Hampshire.

To compare BHCS destinations data nationally you can use the Department for Education's Get Information about Schools service and scrolling down to the 'Percentage in education or employment for at least 2 terms after completing key stage 4' section. For more detailed analysis you can download data via the same service here. It is worth noting there is a two-year lag on this data compared to the local Hampshire data presented above where the year is reflective of the year the Year 11 cohort left BHCS. So in the table below the report date year is reporting on Yr11 students that finished their schooling at BHCS 2 years previously.

Report Date Leaving Date Cohort Sustained Destination (%) Education
6th Form College
School 6th Form
Not sustained
2020-21 2019 All 94 78 51 27 9 7 0 5 1
Disadvantaged 94 94 61 33 0 0 0 Supressed* Supressed*
No Report Provided by DfE 2018
2018-19 2017 All 93 85 55 29 4 4 0 6
Disadvantaged 95 89 26 Supressed* 5 0 0 5
2017-18 2016 All 96 88 58 26 4 4 4 4 Supressed*
Disadvantaged 86 77 32 45 Supressed* Supressed* 0 14 0

*Suppression of destination data

Suppression is applied to the destination data to ensure that individual pupils/students cannot be identified. Suppression is carried out slightly differently from other performance tables measures due to the inclusion of employment data.

  • any institution with fewer than 11 pupils/students in their cohort has had all of their data suppressed
  • figures referring to outcomes for 1 or 2 individuals have been suppressed. Zeros remain zeros unless they reveal information about employment destinations
  • secondary and tertiary suppression has been applied to preserve confidentiality and prevent disclosure by disaggregating published figures

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