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At Rugby High School we take very seriously the need to provide a robust education which enhances the employability of all our students. At the forefront of our planning is the Gatsby Benchmarks[1] which we are determined to meet to deliver a strategic plan in order to offer a high-quality provision allowing our students to access all opportunities that are available to them in the future.

At the core of a high-quality Careers programme is the plan to ensure that all students have access to a meaningful encounter with an employer at every stage of their time at Rugby High School. With this in mind, we have sought to provide opportunities of access from Year 7 to Year 13, as according to the Education and Employers Research Taskforce a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 22% more during their careers.[2]

The link between education and employment is one which we have sought to develop over the years and we have effective strategies to ensure that all students are provided with the necessary education to ensure that there is a smooth transition to the wider working environment after their studies. We also recognise a continuing need to evolve and push the boundaries to ensure that all students are able to set heights in their hearts and achieve the best they possibly can, not only at Rugby High School, but beyond their time here. Alongside offering outstanding curriculum opportunities and pastoral support, the provision of an outstanding Careers programme is something we are determined to continue, develop and grow. To ensure our provision maintains the highest of standards we are confident of meeting all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

At Rugby High School we are well on our way to meeting all of the standards currently outlined in the Gatsby Benchmarks, and are confident that our Careers programme for our students will ensure that they are able to not only adapt, but thrive in the working environment. As our previous destinations shows, students at Rugby High School can achieve anything they put their mind to. Where we provide the opportunity, our students take this further, and use the outstanding education they have at Rugby High School to push the boundaries, to achieve the impossible and most importantly to be happy with their life choices.

We are determined as a school to provide the best possible outcomes for all students that pass through Rugby High School. We are very proud of our alumni, and take the time to garner fruitful relationships with them, so that they too can pass on their knowledge of the working environment. The alumni often give up their time to return to Rugby High School to support events and encourage our students to not only follow in their successful footsteps, but to aim far beyond. We have high expectations of our students, and believe that they truly are the future of this country, and with that in mind seek to provide them will all the opportunities they need to go on and be happy once their time at Rugby High School comes to an end.

We hope that you will find the information on this Careers page useful and if you have any further queries please contact or telephone 01788 810518. 

Chris Marley, Careers Leader


[2] Taylor, M (2017) Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. Taken from the Department of Education’s Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents (December 2017)