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Central Futures

Central Futures is our programme designed to prepare students for their future beyond Central Foundation Boys’ School. Whether that be continuing their studies at university, looking for an apprenticeship or going straight into employment, we aim to help students develop the right qualifications, skills and experiences to be successful.

The Central Futures Team is committed to ensuring pupils and families are prepared if they are pursuing a university post-18 pathway. Please see below our most-up-to-date policy in regards to predicted grades for all UCAS applications.

For details of our careers plan, please see the Central Futures Handbook on this website:

For details of our careers plan, please see: 

  • Careers Leader – Mr Barker 020 7253 3741 (extension 796)
  • Central Futures Coordinator – Ms Browne 020 7253 3741 (extension 250)
  • Information, Advice and Guidance Coordinator – Ms Shaw 020 7253 3741 (extension 730)

This information will be reviewed in October 2022.

Central Futures and the Gatsby Benchmarks

The strategy of the Central Futures Programme is guided by, and endeavours to embed the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance into our careers education curriculum. The Gatsby benchmarks ensure that as a school we are striving to provide a stable and impactful careers programme for our young people. These benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Address the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal Guidance

To review the School’s progress in achieving these eight benchmarks of Good Career Guidance, you can review our most recent evaluation completed in January 2022 HERE.

Key areas of focus for the School in developing our careers provision are linking our curriculum teaching to potential career pathways for our young people, ensuring all of our young people have the opportunity to experience a workplace by the end of Key Stage 4, and ensuring all of our young people have the opportunity to have a meaningful engagement with further and higher education providers so they are aware of all potential pathways as they move through their education.

School Overview for Universities and Employers

Central Foundation Boys’ School is an Inner London comprehensive situated in Islington near the Old Street Roundabout. Islington is the eighth most deprived area in the country and the fourth most deprived in London, and this deprivation could present many potential barriers to our students’ academic achievement. Almost three quarters of our students are eligible for the pupil premium, just under two thirds speak English as an additional language, and one in five are disabled or have special educational needs, all of which are well above the national average.


We had 106 leaving Year 13s in 2021, 82 of which went on to study at university an increase up from 67 who went in 2020, and from 68 in 2019 and 63 in 2018. This is the most pupils who have ever gone onto university, which we feel is a success in light of COVID-19 and the great uncertainty our young people faced throughout the pandemic. We sent 51 pupils onto the most selective universities in the country, which is an increase of 12 pupils from 2020 and gets us nearer to our desire to have all of our university leavers go on to one of the most selective universities in the country. 28 of our Year 13s went to Russell Group universities, most notably two of our Year 13s secured places at the University of Oxford with a further one going having left Year 13 the previous year. We are also delighted to report that one of our Year 13s secured a place at Stanford University in California, USA, with a full scholarship.

Among our leaving Year 11s, 72 students progressed into Central Foundations’ Sixth Form and 73 students secured places in other sixth forms, colleges or apprenticeship pathways. 84% of our Year 11s progressed onto a Level 3 course, while 12% progressed onto a Level 2 course and 3% progressed to a Level 1 course. One of our Year 11 leavers was also successful in securing a full scholarship to study A levels at Ashbourne College.

Careers Information for Parents/Carers

A key part of our Central Futures programme is ensuring our parent/carer community also have the knowledge and understanding of how best to support their pupil in preparing for their potential future pathway. Our Central Futures Handbook is a guide for parents/carers on university, apprenticeship and employment options in the future. The below links also provide a wealth of information to parents/carers around supporting their pupil in considering potential career options and ensuring our young people feel confident and secure in making the best decision for them.



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