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The John Bentley School

An Outstanding Centre For Learning

Advice & Guidance

IAG Overview

The Government’s current Careers Strategy states that:

“Personal guidance is important because it tailors advice to individual needs and helps people to navigate their way successfully through education, training and career choices. Personal guidance has an observable impact on young people’s careers and progression, and young people continue to have a clear preference for face-to-face support.  Guidance must be impartial and delivered by qualified practitioners, putting the needs of the individual first.”

“Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.”

“Every pupil should have at least one such interview by the age of 16, and the opportunity for a further interview by the age of 18.”

At John Bentley we fully support these statements.  We ensure that all students have access to high quality and independent careers advice and guidance.  Our independent careers advice is delivered by Adviza.  We closely monitor the quality of the advice and guidance that the students receive and review this contract regularly.

Request an Appointment

Our Careers Adviser, Maria Baker, is in school every Tuesday.  Appointments can be arranged through form tutors or by contacting Mr Smith:

Every student will receive at least one careers meeting by the end of Year 11 and further support in Sixth Form. 

Appointments can be made to discuss future pathways at post 13, with support in choosing Year 9 options, post 16 or post 18.  Other areas may include help with finding work placements, volunteering opportunities or for general advice on options when leaving school.


Adviza is an independent charity, which helps young people make informed decisions at key stages in their school life about learning and work. The Careers Adviser's principal role is to provide independent advice and guidance on life after school, be that in choice of subjects, higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

They aim to raise students’ aspirations and motivate them to achieve their full potential, helping with a range of questions students may have from generating career ideas to money matters and volunteering.

More information about Adviza can be found here:

Our Careers Adviser - Maria Baker

Our Careers Adviser, Maria Baker, is available every Tuesday during term-time on an appointment basis at the school.  Appointments can be arranged via Mr Smith, Heads of Year, as well as Form Tutors. The 1-2-1 careers meetings are held in the Careers Office, which is located in the Humanities downstairs corridor (M11).  Maria also offers a lunchtime drop-in each week for all year groups.

Maria Baker is available at key Parents' Evenings and offers Year 10, Post 16 Options and Career Planning Workshops.  Maria supports a variety of the JBS careers-related activities, including the annual Careers Fair and the Big Interview Day.

You may email Maria Baker on: or ring 07891 052330.

Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN) 

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WIN HE Adviser - Catherine Young 

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