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The Charter School

North Dulwich

Careers, employability and raising aspirations

Our Team

Please contact Shalene Varcoe for any careers related queries.


What we offer

Students at The Charter School North Dulwich are encouraged at an early stage to start thinking about their future careers and employment. There is a whole programme of activities organised to open the students' minds to ideas about their future - and to raise their aspirations. Students begin their journey in Year 7 all the way to Year 13. The programme is structured around the following themes: 

  • Who Am I? – self-reflection and discovery 

  • Information and Opportunities 

  • Inspiration and encounters with the world of work 

  • Employability skills 

  • Next Steps – transitions and destinations 

The link on the right gives pupils and parents links to a wide variety of resources and information about careers and further/higher education. 

Activities include a wide range of external speakers in assemblies; visits to externally organised careers/employability or university fairs; discussion groups and workshops, and visits to different workplaces and companies.  

Covid19 Adaptation 

We aim to ensure information is shared widely and use Microsoft Teams to communicate weekly with key year groups. We include Career updates in the termly Newsletter and send half termly Career updates to KS4 and 5 parents. 

The Youth Opportunities Newsletter 2021 

Young people can sign up to this newsletter to receive local vacancies opportunities such as part-time jobs / internships / apprenticeships / CV support / virtual work experience. 

Please click on the link below to access the Newsletter: 

The Youth Opportunities Newsletter 

External Links 

We host a Careers Fair every year in school where pupils have the opportunity to meet employers and individual professionals from a whole range of employment sectors and training providers. Pupils can find out about apprenticeships, further and higher education, and employment options. 

The school also works closely with local businesses and organisations to provide mentors and work experience for students in year 10 and year 12 as they look to explore their chosen career paths further. We encourage our students to aim high and we work with all year groups to help pupils acquire the skills they will need in order to be successful in their future careers. We have excellent links with world class organisations such as PWC, Transport for London, Kings College Hospital, O2, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Theatre. 

COVID 19 Adaptations 

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 we were not able to host our annual Careers Fair. However, during the autumn term, we provided a number of encounters with employers offered a number of live interactive sessions for students in transition years. During lockdown we ran an enrichment day which included pre-recorded Career challenges from some of our work experience partners which we could share with all year groups. We share information with students and parents on a regular basis regarding virtual events and opportunities. 

Work Experience 

Each academic year our Year 10 pupils head of to the world of work in May. All Year 10 pupils are expected to complete a week of work experience with an employer. Pupils are given advice and support in school to prepare a CV and are encouraged to contact employers to find a suitable placement. This helps them to learn about how to describe their skills and talents in a CV, and how to approach businesses and organisations when looking for work. 

In recent years we had pupils heading off to work in a wide range of interesting places from schools and libraries to film sets and engineering firms. Work experience is an incredibly valuable part of the KS4 curriculum as it gives our young people the opportunity to find out more about the world of work and teaches them valuable skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping and organisation. 

We support and encourage Year 12 to secure their work experience placements in the summer between Year 12 and 13. 

COVID 19 Adaptations 

Our work experience programme has been cancelled for the second year running. This Year 10 students will have a destinations programme at the end of the summer term to ensure they have experience in the virtual work place and a range of encounters with different employers from a range of sectors. 

Destinations Week 

Each year we run 'Destinations Week' each year in the summer term for all our Year 12 students.  This is a week of inspiring talks and workshops which will help them to prepare for their future destinations in further education, apprenticeships or work. We also run workshops on a variety of life skills and offer all Year 12 students a practice interview with volunteers from a wide range of industries and organisation 

Could you help inspire the next generation? 

If you have skills or expertise which you could share with our students please contact us. We are always looking for volunteers to speak in assemblies, deliver small group talks, speak at careers fairs or run practice interview sessions. 

Independent advice 

We have an Independent Careers Adviser available in school, who works closely with students in Years 11, 12 and 13, and who can also advise pupils in other year groups.  

Appointments are offered to students during school hours on Mondays and Tuesdays or she runs a drop in session between 3 and 4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays where students who have any queries can call in without an appointment. 

Please email Desiree Cumberbatch at if you or your child have any questions about careers, post 16 or post 18 options. 

Link Governor 

The link governor with responsibility for the oversight of our careers guidance provision at The Charter School North Dulwich is David Malone, one of our elected parent governors. He can be contacted by emailing the clerk to the governors, Shalene Varcoe, at 

Provider access 

Other training and education providers are very welcome to speak to our students at key transition points (Y9, Y11, Y13) so that the students are furnished with information about a full range of options available to them in the next stages of their education and/or training. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can access our students please see the Provider Access Statement below or contact Shalene Varcoe at

Careers bulletin May 2021

Sixth form bulletin January 2021

weekly opportunities bulletin January 2021