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Careers and Transition

"Careers guidance and planning for the future are admirable." ... "Transition arrangements are carefully planned and appropriate." - Ofsted 2019

"The school has not only been the best possible place for my son, it has had a massively positive impact on our entire family and quality of life." - Parent 2018

Planned transition is an important part of our work at Roman Fields.

We carefully consider all possible options with each individual and their strengths and future aspirations in mind. Some youngsters have successfully returned to mainstream schools to sit their A levels after experiencing GCSE success with us, others have stayed with us to complete their A levels prior to moving towards university. Others have opted for apprenticeship, or the world of work, whilst a greater majority have transitioned successfully into mainstream colleges. We work hard to try to ensure that the next move is at the right level and enables the youngsters to build on the success they have experienced with us.

Please read about how we are working to achieve all eight Gatsby Benchmarks by reading our policy document here (due for review/revision in 2021).  Statutory guidance has now been updated.

We consider transition from the moment youngsters join, however young they may be, so we can build students’ confidence and social skills through working on areas of need identified in the Hertfordshire Skills Framework such as motivation, respect, resilience, organisation and teamwork. We do this by offering a programme of extended work experience, supported as necessary. We monitor the impact of this.

On a practical level we work closely with YC Hertfordshire (formerly Youth Connexions) to ensure we ‘tap into’ students’ interests to find the right work experience placement, college course and environment for success. We liaise with professionals, parents and, most importantly, our youngsters to determine the next step. We are supported by additional partners which include the Careers and Enterprise Company and our local business adviser, who are all equally committed to helping to raise the aspirations of our youngsters and secure the best outcomes for each of them, on an individual basis.

Within our timetabled provision, we ensure there is dedicated cross- curricula careers time, for example in PHSEE some students gain City & Guilds certificates in employability skills, whilst in the life-skills house, enterprise activities are undertaken. Staff triangulate this work through regular mentoring sessions with our young people.

Most of our youngsters have experienced much change in their young lives and struggle to cope with any change as a result. To address this we try to source every available opportunity to prepare them for this change. This has included joint courses with colleges / schools / employers, multiple taster days and supported visits during which we share all the relevant information on every youngster’s strengths and weaknesses with our professional colleagues. We try to involve our parents in this as much as possible, so they can support the management of impending significant change.

Once our youngsters join their new setting we offer to support them closely in the initial first few weeks (if they feel they would benefit from this) to ensure a seamless move.

Please click this link for information on Learning Pathways.

Roman Fields Foundation (Registered Charity Number 1176911) was registered in January 2018 to further provide opportunities for career related education.

We have fully achieved our Quality in Careers Standard.  Please click this link to see our certificate.

Additional information on Careers can be found on the National Careers Service webpage. Read inspirational stories on  We are also supported by Jobcentre plus support for schools.

Please contact Debra Waterfield, Careers Lead on 01442 256 915 or if you wish to make a Provider Access request.

For a list of possible careers events please follow this link.

Please read countywide labour market information as listed below

Careers, Transition & Work Experience student survey

Please click or scan the QR code to take our student survey