Careers guidance

Joanna Murchie
Careers Advisor and Co-Ordinator

Joanna Murchie is our in-house Careers Adviser and Co-Ordinator, working across all age groups to provide bespoke, impartial advice on careers pathways and choices for pupils on both a one-to-one and group basis.

Having run her own careers consultancy for several years, she comes from a business background and has wide experience in modern recruitment practice.

In addition to conducting individual careers interviews, Joanna provides a drop-in lunchtime careers surgery for all pupils, and is able to advise on all careers-related topics from subject choices to CV writing and interview technique.

Impartial careers advice and guidance is available for all students within the GFM by emailing

Careers Leader: Mr M I Sulo

We are committed to working towards achieving the Quality in Careers Standard.

Careers Resources

  • Our policies relating to careers guidance including our careers strategy and Baker Clause policy statement can be found on our policies page here

Aspiration and Careers Education at Bay House

Our Careers and Aspirations education follows a similar approach to that of our Citizenship Education and our Religious Education approaches – complementing and supporting our ‘in and beyond’ curriculum provision.  Our Careers and Aspirations education prepares young people as citizens of the future with a sound understanding and knowledge of the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training and employment.

We recognise, and build on, the process of personal and social development that begins in the home, and continues through school to prepare young people for the world of work and the process of lifelong learning to continue through their adult life.

At Bay House we aim to ensure our young people are confident, respectful, kind, knowledgeable and aware, see themselves and others as equal, are tolerant and accepting of difference, are patient and respectful and have a clarity for what they value and why.

Our aspirations and careers provision is therefore designed to look across a pupil’s five years with us at Bay House, and to complement and be complemented by, activity across the subjects, the Tutor and assembly programme, our work developing ‘Foundations for Learning’ and the range of other exciting activities available for young people at Bay House.

Our aspirations and careers provision at Bay House therefore combines:

  • developing pupil’s skills and dispositions
  • enabling excellent progress to secure strong outcomes
  • maintaining a focus on all young people having high aspirations for themselves and others
  • ensuring young people are well-informed when making subject and career decisions
  • providing impartial and broad information, advice and guidance in making subject and career choices
  • measuring our effectiveness by considering outcomes and destinations
  • targeting support for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, with continued sharp focus on support and guidance for those with SEN and SEND
  • ensuring our provision enables progression and continuity
  • planning so our provision meets the needs of all pupils
  • working consciously to prevent all forms of stereotyping in our provision and guidance so that girls and boys from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers, including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes
  • considering aspirations and careers education as part of the whole curriculum for all pupils

We work from the principle that there is a distinction between Aspiration and Careers Education, and Aspiration and Careers Guidance:

Aspiration and Careers Education

The means by which an individual develops the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes necessary to make informed choices and take advantage of the opportunities in education, training and employment.

Aspiration and Careers Guidance

The means by which an individual is helped to apply relevant knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes to their own particular circumstances and the choices available to them. Impartial careers advice from a level 7 careers and guidance practitioner is also available for all pupils and students within the GFM by emailing

Useful career related websites – a national careers website to help young people aged 13-19 make informed decisions about their future. Information on Employability Skills and Vocational Qualifications. – Over 750 job profiles telling you what a job involves and how to get into it. Help with CV’s and interview advice. – Detailed job descriptions, with average salaries, entry requirements, fun and useful facts and articles and videos. – icould gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. There are over a thousand easy to search, varied and unique career videos as well as hundreds of written articles. From telecoms engineers to police officers, from landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where are and their hopes for the future. – Videos of people talking about a wide variety of job roles. Information on careers from food to fashion that have a positive impact on the future of our planet. and – Careers within the NHS. Much more than just doctors and nurses. – Click your home region to find out about apprenticeships, careers, job, training, A-Levels, college and University opportunities. – My Career Springboard is a FREE careers guidance tool for school & college students., and – Careers in the armed forces. – Future Lawyers Network is a unique resource to help current and prospective law students become successful modern lawyers. With expert advice and insight, they aim to help you understand the legal market, prepare you for interviews and manage the early stages of your career. – Discover careers in food and drink industry. – Resources and careers information on working in the Creative Industries’ Sector which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles.

Apprenticeship related websites – Information on apprenticeships, a vacancy database and the option to apply online.

Volunteering websites and – Information on finding a voluntary work placement. – Information and help for anyone thinking of becoming self-employed. – Advice around Disability Rights.

University related websites and – Information on University courses including a nationwide course search. – Information on student finance, fees & help available. – Aimed at all students considering A-level and equivalent options. Useful to check subjects against occupational areas of work. – The official website for comparing UK higher education course data. Includes official data on each university and college’s satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students. – The free & independent way to search & compare UK degree courses & universities from Which? – find the best one for you, with insider tips.

Websites advertising job and apprenticeship vacancies and – Weekly job, training and opportunity bulletin issued weekly for Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville, Southampton, New Forest and Hampshire areas. – Information on all the alternatives to university. Includes distance learning, apprenticeships, foundation degrees, getting a job, gap years and vocational training.

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Contact Info
  • Bay House School & Sixth Form, Gomer Lane, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2QP
  • (023) 9258 7931

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