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Happy Father’s Day


Dear Parents and Carers,Take a peek in Review 31 to see what's been happening in and around the school.Have a lovely weekend!


Great display from athletes from Yr7-9 at today’s District Pentathlon Competition. All students competing in Hurdles, Shot, Long Jump, High Jump and finishing with 800m. Congratulations to Charlie who finished as runner up out of 32 athletes 👏🥈🏃🏻


Some of our lucky student's were selected to represent RBA at the Scholars Education Trust Climate & Sustainability Conference.


Yr10s working hard during their Mock Exam week! Well done Yr10.


Robert Barclay Academy are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join our highly successful Geography team to help teach the A Level Geography Course.Please click on the link for further information


Year 7s having a wonderful time at the River Lea on the geography trip.


Outstanding performances from more students at the County Athletics Championships. Savannah and Alessandro both finishing in 2nd place in the Yr7 Discus and Sajinth qualifying for the final of the 100m 🏃🏻🏃‍♀️👏👏🥈🥈#TeamRBA


County Champions! Congratulations to Alex (Yr12) and Matilda (Yr9) winners of the 400m Hurdles and Hammer competitions! 🥇🥇 😉 👏


Early start for the Herts County Athletics Championships at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead. Good luck to the 10 students competing today. Starting now in their events are Alex (400m hurdles) and Matilda (Hammer) 🏃🏻🏃‍♀️👍


If you have a ‘can do’ attitude and can offer the team excellent communication skills, show intuition within a range of everyday task and activities and want to support the needs of the pupils with flair; this could be the role for you.


Dear Parents & Carers,Attached is this week's Review for your viewing. Have a lovely weekend!


Welcoming some of our new Yr 7 students this afternoon


Well done to all athletes who represented the school at yesterday’s County League event. Well done to Savannah and Ezel for their 1st places in Discus 🥇🥇 and to Ronnie for a new PB in Pole Vault 👍🏃🏻🏃‍♀️#TeamRBA


Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join our highly successful English team. We warmly welcome applications from ECT’s.


Don't forget to book your places with your child's individual lesson tutors for Year 7 Parents Evening


Staffing meeting tonight on adaptations - quick, easy, and most importantly…practical tips on how to approach this in lessons.


Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join the Maths team as their Deputy Head of Maths.


Robert Barclay Academy is part of Scholars’ Education Trust. We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to join the English team as an Assistant Head of English.


Year 11s - thank you for contributing to such a positive day. Thank you also to the 200+ parents who joined us too. A very special day . We look forward to Prom.


We say goodbye to our Yr 11 today - class of 2024 ! Good luck for the future and we wish you all the best!


An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Maths Raising Standards Leader at Robert Barclay Academy.


An exciting opportunity awaits at Robert Barclay Academy for a Teacher of English


Our Maths department is looking for a dynamic Deputy Head of Maths.


Come and join our wonderful English Department.


The information contained here will have relevance for students, teachers, parents and employers.

If you would like to find out more about Careers at Robert Barclay Academy or if you are interested in providing support, please contact our Careers Leader Mrs R Williams, Acting Assistant Headteacher.

Through our curriculum at RBA, we aim to develop ambitious students who are aspirational and fully prepared for their future lives beyond school in an ever changing world. We aim to promote an aspirational culture and encourage students and parents to engage with careers education in partnership with YC Herts, the Local Area Enterprise Partnership. Since 2018 we have had a close working relationship with Reynold’s food, who have provide assemblies work placements and interview preparation for our students.

In order to achieve this, there are a number of key events in careers information, advice and guidance on the journey through the school. In addition to year group activities, we also give parents information at planned events through the year and listen to student voice regarding careers education through an annual workshop and questionnaire. Each subject area displays posters about careers linked to that subject, alongside a central careers display (main corridor by the library) and dedicated area within the library.

The careers programme works with all students from year 7 to 13 and is focused on maintaining full compliance with Gatsby benchmarks for Careers Education and also recognise the Hertfordshire Skills Framework and encourage the development of these employability skills through the wider curriculum. 

We are fully compliant with the Baker Clause and are very keen for all our students to gain knowledge about all of their future options.

RBA is keen to expand it’s careers provision to ensure that this year it fully meets the need of the Provider Access Legislation, that came into force in January 2023.

Careers Week:

Week March 2024

We will continue to build on the success of our previous careers’ weeks, below is a summary of our programme:

  • All subjects will be delivering careers-based lessons which will be delivered across all key stages
  •  A wide range of virtual guest speakers, discussing their jobs and careers routes, with a focus on “Breaking stereotypes” with both women’s careers and those from a BAME background
  • Past pupils will be joining us virtually to discuss their post 16 and post 18 experiences
  • A range of activities will be explored during form time
  • Assembly opportunities for guest speakers to discuss careers

Key organisations supporting RBA careers provision:

Services for Young People


RBA Personal Advisor

Justine Herridge KS4

  • Raise aspirations so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide qualified personal advisers to deliver careers interviews with students across the school
  • Be on-hand each week to offer Careers drop-ins in the library (Tuesdays)
  • Help to increase awareness of Careers Education through displays and presence across the school
  • If students would like to arrange an extra appointment please contact your Head of Year.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership/ Careers and Enterprise Company

RBA Senior Enterprise Coordinator 

Chris Downton

  • Raise aspirations and awareness so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide guidance, support, resources and strategy to assist in the delivery of effective Careers Education at RBA 
  • Be a challenge partner when co-reflecting on RBA’s progress towards achieving the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

Opportunities for Students

Rachel Williams

Acting Assistant Headteacher


  • Find all your need to explore career opportunities in Hertfordshire - jobs, apprenticeships, support to make informed career decisions, explore the world of work in Hertfordshire, tips on gaining work experience, skills development and lots more....

Local Enterprise Industry Partner


RBA LEP Advisor

Meeta Khatani from Reynold’s Foods

  • Raise aspirations and make Careers education ‘real’ so that all RBA students ‘Aim High’
  • Provide guidance and support from a local employer to give context, real-life experience and guidance to support Careers provision at RBA
  • Careers talks from their staff give our students insights into the journeys that successful people have been on from sitting in an assembly hall at school to where they are today
  • Visits to their premises with students in subject related areas, for example our Food and Nutrition GCSE students have worked in their ‘Development Kitchen’ and our KS5 Financial Studies students have visited their Finance and Accounts Department


Employer engagement: Can you help?

We are very keen to establish links with employers who will be able to open our students’ eyes to the world of work. We currently engage with a range of different employers through work shadowing placements for our Year 10 students. We welcome further support from employers from a range of industries. If you would like to help, please contact Mrs R Williams, Acting Assistant Headteacher.

Guidance for parents/carers:

Clearly parents and carers play a very significant role in helping students to make informed choices about their study options and decisions about their future careers. Parents and carers should be encouraged to discuss with their child about options and future aspirations. We welcome parents and carers’ input and recommend that you always attend activities at school such as GCSE and A-Level Options’ evenings. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and we recognise that all students must be able to make informed decisions avoiding pre-conceived ideas or stereotypes. There are further suggested web-links at the end of this document that give useful additional information.

Careers programme is reviewed annually, next review September 2024.

Scholars' Education Trust Provider Access Statement

Careers Map

Gatsby Benchmark

At RBA we work to the ‘Gatsby Benchmark’ in order to fulfil our requirements to students about good careers guidance. Gatsby

Hertfordshire Skills Framework

We are also informed and utilise the Hertfordshire Skills Framework to guide our Careers provision based on the skills that local employers have recognised make good employees.

Personal & People

Hertfordshire Understanding

Motivation and ambition

Actively participate

Show enthusiasm Knowledge of the sector Pursue aspirations and goals


Willing to meet new people

Able to hold conversations with peers, managers and customers

Recognise own strengths and able to present these

Respect and good manners

Listen and learn

Recognise the feelings of others

Be polite

Remain calm

Determination and resilience

Commitment to get things done

Learn from mistakes and accept criticism

Resist distractions

Adapt to changes


Flexible to cope with changing demands

Able to apply knowledge to different situations


Cooperate with others

Recognise skills in others

Value contribution from others

Technical & Practical Skills

Hertfordshire Understanding


Apply simple mathematical concepts

Understand simple arithmetic

Understand costs and expenditure


Able to express yourself in writing

Understanding of business etiquette verbally and in writing

Able to explain yourself verbally

Business and customer awareness

Understand commercial realities

Able to professionally communicate with customers

Manage your time effectively

Analytical and problem- solving skills

Investigate systematically

Identify problems

Look for better ways and suggest solutions

Plan and organise tasks

Digital technology

Understand the development in technology for business

Basic knowledge of IT


Achieve qualifications valued by employers

Useful Websites (for students, parents and carers and teachers)

National Apprenticeship Service Allows you to search for live apprenticeship vacancies across the country. 
Amazing Apprenticeships Find out about apprenticeships as well as live vacancies.
YC Hertfordshire The leading provider of CEIAG provision for young people both inside and outside of school in Hertfordshire.
UCAS All you need to know about applying for university and the courses available for you.
Hertfordshire Labour Market Information

An infographic video to explain the types of jobs available and skills required in Hertfordshire

Hop into Hertfordshire

Powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, students, employers, residents wishing to upskill, are now able to HOP into all the resources they need to make informed career decisions and build a future talent pipeline.

See also Hertfordshire Skills Framework.

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