Provider Access Policy

As a school we have a statutory and moral duty to provide students in all years a careers education, information, advice and guidance. Guidance takes place within the SMSC curriculum with support from, not only Form Tutors and their Heads of Year, but also all Heads of Department and their Curriculum team via their schemes of work which include information given to all students about possible careers in their subject areas.

One to one interviews are allocated to groups of students with an independent advisor who visits school once a week. Please liaise with Miss H Sherriff if you would like to have an interview. Interview slots are booked on a weekly basis and last 40 minutes.

Careers preparation, called Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is taught to all years within the school.

The academy will assess the impact of the careers programme through such things as student voice, statistical analysis of work experience placements and NEET figures. From our 2022 cohort 97.9% of students went onto Full Time Education or Employment.

The school’s aims for students adhere to the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance. These are:

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing 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.

Students are entitled to; 

  • clear advice and information about ALL the options available, so that they understand what they involve.
  • support and guidance to help them make choices and complete a career plan for the future.
  • help to decide what to do when they leave the school, including further learning, training and employment.
  • a programme of careers education helping Students develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning.
  • an opportunity to learn about the world of work, including a week of work experience in Year 10.