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Student Careers Programme

Click here to read the school's Careers Policy

Your Careers Lead is:

Rachel Whitehurst

Contactable via or 01270 877601


Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks originated in a research report (Good Career Guidance) from the Gatsby Foundation in 2013. The report found 8 benchmarks of best practice, which are now more commonly known as ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks.’  They 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

Compass has become the measure to support schools and colleges to self-assess their progress towards meeting the benchmarks.  Please see the following link for the school updated Gatsby Benchmark Tool Results

Careers Provider Access Statement

This policy aims to set out our school’s arrangements for managing the access of education and training providers to students for the purpose of giving them information about their offer. It sets out:

  • Procedures in relation to requests for access.
  • The grounds for granting and refusing requests for access.
  • Details of premises or facilities to be provided to a person who is given access.

Click here to read the Provider Access Policy.

Careers Support

There is a wide range of careers support available in the Sixth Form.

There are sessions on applying to Further Education Colleges, universities, Work placements and apprenticeships for both students and parents.

In the summer term of year 12 there is support and guidance on completing a further college or university application including help with personal statements. There is also support in writing CVs and applying for jobs and apprenticeships.

Throughout the year there are a number of sessions on specific careers such as routes into healthcare, teaching, business, etc, as well as specific college or university options.
Up-to-date information is provided via email, tutors and careers noticeboards, open days and apprenticeship vacancies. Students are encouraged to attend taster days and open days with a guideline of missing no more than 4 school days to careers events.

Students are encouraged to research their chosen careers carefully. There are a number of useful websites to support students in their research shown below.

Careers websites


General advice on careers

  • – This one gives good information about career pathways and subject specific careers e.g sports science, architecture etc
  • – information, articles and blogs about careers, unis, gap years etc.


Courses and applying to university

Summer Schools

  • – summer schools to encourage widening participation in universities.
  • – courses for any science and maths students to encourage them to consider science, maths or engineering at university.

Student Finance

  • – apply for your student loans and maintenance grants through this site. Also more info and advice on student finance including a calculator which can help you find out what financial support they are likely to get.
  • – the student loan company.
  • – Allows you to search all universities for available bursaries and scholarships. Also a budget calculator and loan predictor.
  • – info on bursaries for healthcare and social work students.