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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

This section of the website is intended for pupils, parents/carers, teachers and employers, who are interested in learning more about our careers education programme and the personal development it offers. 

Vision statement

Our careers education programme aims to develop and prepare our pupils to make important choices around their intended futures, as they aspire to fulfilling and economically active lives as adults.   Our intention is pupils and parents should be supported to investigate all potential available options, at various stages in school life.

Key careers staff

  • Our designated Careers Leader is Debra Waterfield and she can be contacted on 01442 256915.
  • The Senior Leadership team member responsible for Careers is Trevor Orchard, Headteacher.
  • The Trustee with responsibility for careers is Alan Clarke.


Parents and carers play a very significant role in helping pupils to make informed choices about both their further study options, and potential future careers. We encourage discussion and input around individual aspirations. We recommend that all parents attend both parents evenings and EHCP meetings, where each child’s future will be discussed. We are immensely proud of our bespoke enabling approach and work hard to ensure we support each pupil to secure their chosen pathway.


The school has met – and continues to meet - the requirements of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and complies with the Department for Education's Statutory Guidance. 

In addition, we successfully met all the requirements for the Quality In Careers Standard in December 2018.  This standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance in schools, colleges and work-based learning. The trustees and senior leaders of the James Marks Academy Trust are committed to retaining this standard, as it ‘quality assures’ all aspects of our careers programme; including what our own staff deliver and the external professionals and organisations we work with (see below for more details).   Roman Fields Academy is in the process of renewing this three-year rolling standard.

Our careers provision in context

Outcomes for disabled people in the UK: 2020 (published by the Office for National Statistics)

  • The table and graph below show that disabled people with autism were among those disabled people with the lowest employment rate. 

  • For all countries in the UK and across all English regions, disabled people had significantly lower employment rates than non-disabled people.

  • The highest employment rates for disabled and non-disabled people in English regions were seen in the South East (60.2% disabled people, 83.7% non-disabled people).


People aged 16-64




Any sort of employment




Part-time work





With employment rates significantly lower for autistic people than those with other disabilities, preparing our pupils for the world of work is critical. We want our pupils to try a workplace in a supported capacity, so they are able to recognise that one day they can and will be successful, economically active adults. 


We are predominately a KS4 provision (primarily years 10 and 11) so our key activities and employment opportunities are therefore focused around these year groups.


We promote equality of opportunity at all times

Who we work with

The following are some of the external organisations which support our careers education programme:

Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Provide a qualified personal adviser to deliver careers interviews with all pupils in Years 9 and 11, and any leavers not in those year groups

Attend some annual EHCP review meetings to ensure parents know what transition involves and produce a Preparing for Adulthood document

Source some of our work experience placements, including site risk assessments

Offer NCS – an annual summer programme


West Herts

and North Herts Colleges 

Provide transition support which includes taster sessions

Liaise with parents and pupils whilst they are still on our roll

Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

Provide workshops with parents and pupils

Careers and Enterprise company (CEC)

They support us by providing an enterprise co-ordinator, and adviser

Meetings take place termly to discuss progress

Job Centre Plus for Schools


Deliver a range of work-related learning activities for leavers including CVs and mock interviews
Longdean SchoolProvide access to UCAS application support (the school offers A level subjects to some of our pupils)



We are using the Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal and would encourage all pupils, parents, carers and teachers to use this portal as a one-stop shop for a variety of up to date information about the Hertfordshire jobs market. This should provide both inspiration and information around the wide variety of careers on offer in the locality including current live job and apprenticeship vacancies.

Our Careers activity plan

We deliver a flexible careers education plan, which is individually tailored to meet the needs of our pupils, and this is reviewed on an annual basis. We use the CDI's Career Development Framework and the Hertfordshire Skills Framework.  We have a dedicated careers room where there are visual displays and prospectuses.


The key activities scheduled currently are:

Year Group



All year groups

Schemes of work including English, maths, and science

One-to-one mentoring sessions (all pupils are allocated a personal mentor)

Throughout academic year

10 and 11+

Long-term work experience

Extended college visits

Work-place visits

Employer visits

Careers fair

Enterprise events

University visit

Social skills group

Travel training

Throughout academic year

9, 11 and leavers being educated out of  year

Personal guidance interviews

Primarily in the Autumn term


Employer engagement

As statistics prove, employment prospects for the cohort we serve, are still limited; we want to be an instrument of change, as we recognise the diverse range of talents our pupils have. For this reason, we have formed strong working relationships with local employers, some of which were first established many years ago, so our pupils can access the world of work. 


We would still welcome further support from any employer however, as it is our intention, to get to a position where we can send all our pupils to work placements for a couple of hours every week, so they are able to benefit fully from this incredibly valuable opportunity.

Destinations data and alumni

We keep destinations data, but have chosen not to publish this due to our small pupil numbers, as the consequence of this is the difficulty in anonymising the data.


What we can say without fear of contradiction is that according to a study around sustaining Post-16 destinations from Alternative Provision settings (published in January 2022), by Andrew Malcolm who is a Lecturer in Applied Social studies at the University of Bedfordshire, Roman Fields sits in the best practice category recognised as ‘high performing’ and is often quoted. For those interested in exploring this document further, Roman Fields is listed in it as 'HP3'.

We are proud of our alumni and what they have achieved. We have many case studies in school, detailing those who have gone onto colleges, apprenticeships, universities and more general workplaces.  We have a school Instagram account so that current and past pupils and parents can easily keep in touch with us.  It is a private group called JMATRF11.


Please use the widget to research careers and labour market information. 

Provider Access statement

This sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school, for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.


Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 7-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.


Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact Debra Waterfield, Careers Lead on 01442 256015,


Opportunities for access

The school offers a comprehensive careers education, information, advice and guidance programme and an overview of this programme can be seen above.

Please speak to our Careers Lead to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.


The school will make a suitable space available for discussions between the provider and pupils, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available ICT and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit, with the Careers Lead, or a member of the team.


Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with the Careers Lead, these will be displayed in the Careers room.

Finding out further information:


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

All you need to know about applying for university and the courses available for you. 
Hertfordshire Skills Framework

Produced by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership this displays the skills most required by employers across the county
Hertfordshire Labour Market Information

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

For information and tips from the charity



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