Careers Guidance

We are committed to preparing our students to manage their future education and career path throughout adult life through a planned programme of Careers Education, Work Related Learning and Information, Advice and Guidance.   This programme is reviewed annually in September.  In order to achieve this we offer a wide range of activities, both in school and out of school.  Our Careers Advisor offers impartial careers advice and guidance in school each week.  Please also refer to our Protocol on Provider Access.

Events take place throughout the year. By the end of Year 9 students will have:

  • Had opportunities to reflect on their personal qualities and the way they relate to their peers.
  • Begun to identify their strengths and consider how they can make the best use of them.
  • Started finding out about different career areas and qualification routes that might interest them in the future.
  • Learnt about a number of career sectors through alumni inspirational talks, videos, Careers Fairs etc.
  • Explored their GCSE choices with the support of the school

By the end of Year 11 students will have:

  • Used a variety of careers software and websites in order to help them make their decisions about Post-16 options.
  • Had the opportunity to attend careers talks/visits during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics.
  • Produced a CV and covering letter that focus on their skills and qualities.
  • Been made aware of all the Post-16 Choices available to them, through presentations in class and assembly, Year 11 Options Evening, and attending taster sessions on their potential sixth form or college subject choices.
  • Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the School’s Careers Advisor.
  • Had the opportunity to undertake a minimum of one week’s work experience in a company of their choice. They are responsible for arranging the placement, with support from family, friends and the school.
  • Had the further opportunity to attend an assessment centre arranged by our Enterprise Adviser.

Gatsby Benchmarks and Destinations

In terms of Careers Guidance, the School works to the framework of Gatsby Benchmarks. The Local Authority Partnership Officer evaluates the percentage of our success in accordance with these Benchmarks. In November 2019, our evaluation clearly demonstrated 100% success across all 8 Benchmarks.

A further measure of the success of our Career Guidance is linked to the destinations of our students. In 2019 100% of our leavers went on to education or post-16 training opportunities, including apprenticeships and, therefore, our risk of young people who are NEET is below 1%. In order to achieve this, we annually review our Careers Strategy in September and actively promote links with our post-16 providers throughout all year groups.

We maintain contact with our Alumni and these ex-students come into school from time to time to participate in events and to give talks and presentations.

For more information

Please look in the Careers Section of the Library. Talk to Form Tutors or Directors of Learning to request an appointment with our Careers Adviser.

The National Careers Service website has a whole range of job profiles available plus lots of other useful information.  There is also a helpline if students want to speak to a Careers Adviser: 0800 100 900.

All Colleges and Sixth Forms in Norfolk can be found via the Help You Choose website.

The National Apprenticeship Service website has information about many different apprenticeship options available to students.


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