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Sponne School is committed to providing a stable careers programme that is embedded in our PSHE curriculum and tutorial programme. We have a named Careers lead (Lisa Bhakta- Assistant Headteacher) who is a member of the senior leadership team and our PSHE co-ordinator (Mrs A Warner - OCR Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development) has responsibility for the delivery of the careers provision across the school. We work with external providers such as Prospects for independent careers advice and guidance and 1-1 interviews. Proactive Education helps us to deliver an established work experience for our year 10 students and students have another opportunity for work placements during year 12. Careers events are also provided for alongside this and students are given the academic and pastoral support needed for them to reach their full potential. Student voice is a key component to reviewing our provision and this allows pupils the opportunities to become central to developing our CEIAG programme.

We were accredited with the Careers Standard revalidation award, provided by Career Mark in January 2018 with them recognising that “The CEIAG programme is most certainly impacting on students. They are clearly developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to effectively manage their careers journeys. Students value CEAIG and know its importance in their future lives. It is not seen as an add-on activity but a key part of their education.”

For more details of the Careers curriculum in PSHE lessons, please follow this Link

Careers advice

Students have access to 1-1 interviews with Prospects and can request an interview by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


Links to websites

Please see below for relevant Careers related websites that can provide further guidance: (check your google classroom for the login code)


Career Opportunities

Medical Awards Programme:- We encourage students to enrol on the Awards Programme independently at this weblink:  []

Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare Support Worker Open Day Event – International Year of the Nurse & Midwife:
Saturday 15th February 2020, 9am to 2pm
Cambridge University Hospitals – Deakin Centre -

Nestlé Academy -

Falmouth University - Book an open day at

Enterprise Advisor

John Allen

DWi JA 197 EditAn ex Sponne School pupil who was born in the town, and moved back when I left the Army.

I have four children aged 9, 6, 5 and 3 so am aware of the challenges that parents and pupils are facing.

My interest in becoming an Enterprise Adviser began when I was invited to attend a couple of student workshops at Sponne and as an ex pupil I felt I wanted to give something back to the school.

I have a varied employment history which has exposed me to a wide range of sectors and business types. I have operated at all levels and now run my own successful company which continues to grow.

Working with the careers lead I will be using my business contact to engage with the students to ensure they gain the widest exposure to the opportunities available to them when they leave secondary education.

Career History

December 2014 – To date        Business Owner

Bluewire Hub Ltd

Providing Energy Performance Certificates, Legionella Risk Assessments, Floor Plans and 3D VR ready property tours across Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.

December 2016 – December 2017        Project Manager - 12 Month FTC

Travis Perkins PLC

Accountable for the delivery of a group wide programme of new product development, realising an overall cost reduction of circa £5M.

2014 – December 2016             ECO Project Manager

National Energy Services Ltd

Managed a project delivering national energy saving installations with a total value of £6.5M

March 2011 – December 2014              FSG Property Services Ltd

Operations and Compliance Manager

Promoted the installation of renewable technologies and energy efficiency measures to a variety of markets including housing associations, local authorities, schools and commercial premises.

December 2005 – February 2011           Michael Graham Estate Agents

Area Manager

Managed 7 regional lettings offices, accountable for improving business levels and retaining existing clients. Increased managed property portfolio by 15% over 10 months.

March 2004 – December 2005              JD Landscaping

Self Employed

February 1998 – March 2004                Silverstone Circuit Ltd

Operations Manager

October 1996 – January 1998               Travelled and worked in Australia

1984 - 1996                   HM Forces (Army)

Mechanical Engineer REME

Contact Us

Sponne School

Brackley Road
NN12 6DJ

Telephone: 01327 350284