At Brakenhale we strive to ensure all students have access to a balanced careers education.

Careers lead at Brakenhale: Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher
Telephone: 01344 423041 ext 721


Law Event for Years 10 & 11: Saturday 4th April, 2020

Oxford University is recruiting Year 10 and 11 students from local state schools to attend a special Pathways to Law event on Saturday 4th April, 2020. Pathways to Law was set up in 2006 by the Sutton Trust and the College of Law (now the Legal Education Foundation) to widen access to the legal profession.

In addition to the event itself, further opportunities through the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law and its partners may be made available to participants following the event. This includes a one-day work experience with Maitland Chambers for up to 3 participants, as a prize for outstanding effort and achievement on the day!

We are looking to invite 30 students to “The Trial”, which will be held at the Faculty of Law, St Cross Building in Oxford on Saturday 4th April 2020, from 09:30 to 18:00. The event is completely free of charge to students, and lunch will provided at the Faculty.

The application process is open to all Year 10 and 11 students attending targeted state schools in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Swindon with an interest in studying law. However, places are limited, and priority may be given to applicants who meet the University’s widening access and participation criteria. This includes:

Applications are open now and will close on Wednesday 18th March 2020. The online application form is being hosted by the Widening Access and Participation team and can be accessed at:

Selected students will need to:

  • Be available to attend all sessions on Saturday 4th April 2020.
  • Complete a Permissions Form, and post it to the Faculty of Law in enough time to ensure it arrives before the day of the event. For safeguarding reasons, students who do not complete this form will not be allowed to take part.

The Year 10 & 11 Mock Trial is hosted annually by the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law, in collaboration with Maitland Chambers, and is designed to introduce aspects of Law to interested students. The event involves a law masterclass, coaching and advocacy training by Maitland Chambers’ barristers, University academics and undergraduate mentors. Participating students are presented with case materials based on real trials, work as part of a team, and assume various roles involved in a criminal trial, from clerks and advocates to ushers and juniors. The event culminates with a mock trial, advocacy feedback and prizes for best performance

For further information, please contact More urgent queries about applying and the application system and about the programme may be directed to Zoe on 01865 618077.

Ms. Zoe Campbell, Baker McKenzie Access Officer, Faculty of Law

Study Higher Spring Fete: Thursday 9th April

Mission statement for careers education

At Brakenhale we strive to ensure all students have access to a balanced careers education. We offer impartial information, advice and guidance on all aspects of careers. Our aim is to become/remain compliant with the 8 Gatsby 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

For more information on the Gatsby Benchmarks please follow this link:

We are committed to provide students from Year 7 through to Year 13 with opportunities that will allow them to build employable skills and make informed decisions about their future. This includes which subjects to choose at the end of KS3; guidance on Post 16 options after KS4 and guidance on Post 18 options. By embedding a holistic approach to careers guidance we allow a successful transition from KS3, KS4 and Post 16. Below is a list of what we aim to cover in each year of your child’s education:

Year 7: Awareness of different careers
Year 8: Pathways into careers
Year 9: Option pathways for GCSE
Year 10: Readiness for the workplace
Year 11: Beyond Year 11, post 16 options
Year 12 & 13: Beyond 6th Form – University preparation, introducing apprenticeship options, Preparing for the labour market.

The above will be delivered through our PSHE programme, tutor time, assemblies, guest speakers, work experience and careers events. In addition to this our staff embed career information into their lesson content as part of the curriculum.

All details will be published on our careers tracking and recording spreadsheet:  ‘Careers tracking and recording at Brakenhale’

Additionally opportunities related to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) will be published on our website.

The success of our careers programme will be measured against percentage of our NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) students.

We are proud to be in partnership with Adviza an independent and impartial careers guidance organisation. Adviza is contracted to work with our KS4 and 6th form students. All students in Year 11 will receive an interview with Adviza, with optional appointments in Year 10, 12 and 13. Adviza will also be in attendance at Year 11 and 13 results day. For more information on Adviza please follow this link:

In addition to Adviza, we continue to have a close relationship with Bracknell Forest and their careers expertise. Ben Alexander will continue to work with our students at risk of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Christene Skipper will be working alongside our SENCO to provide guidance and advice to our SEN students.

If you have any questions regarding careers please do not hesitate to get in contact with Mr Beukes who is our lead on careers.

Through our careers programme at Brakenhale we aim to provide the following to all students:

  1. To allow students to make informed and considered choices at the end of all three key stages.
  2. To develop employability skills.
  3. To raise aspirations and make students aware of opportunities available to them.
  4. To provide guidance to all students in relation to decisions about options, further education and career choices, including apprenticeships.