Guilsborough Academy Careers Programme


A Healthy Careers Programme 

At Guilsborough Academy, we believe that a healthy careers programme should be underpinned by the following guiding principles:



A healthy careers programme should encourage students to set high aspirations for themselves and others within the school community.


A healthy careers programme should highlight links between the academic curriculum, higher education and the workplace at every given opportunity.


A healthy careers programme should be personalised to the unique experience and context of each student.


A healthy careers programme should be innovative; developed through a continuous feedback loop and based around current labour market information.



Careers Overview

Learning without limits aims to raise aspirations and challenge each pupil to be the best that they can. To achieve this we have a strong and detailed careers plan throughout the school.

All subjects link to careers through curriculum content, employer talks, competitions.
It is every pupil’s right to have access to impartial quality careers advice and guidance. We employ a Fully Qualified external Careers Adviser through the Matrix Accredited Careers Company All Together http://thealltogether.co.uk .


Careers Education Guidance Policy

Provider Access Policy


We follow the Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks, which 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




Years 7 and 8 are important years for understanding personal strengths, qualities, skills, and identifying area that individuals want to improve. Delivered through a combination of PHSE lessons, external speakers and tutor input, pupils learn about themselves, what they enjoy and what they are good at. This prepares them for making their options in year 8.



Years 9 & 10 look at different careers and industries in more detail through guest speakers, careers fairs, FE & HE talks, PHSE lessons and tutor time. We explore the different pathways open to pupils today and look at local opportunities through employers, apprenticeship providers and alternative post 16 education.
By the end of year 11, every student will have seen an external and impartial careers adviser to talk through their options, goals and future pathways. It is our aim to ensure that every student has a positive destination that matches his or her own personal requirements.
We invite FE Colleges & apprenticeship providers to careers events so that pupils are aware of the range of opportunities available to them.



6th Form
There is a full programme of events to help students decide what their next steps should be after school. These include -
• Year 12 work experience
• Employer talks
• Careers Fairs (internal and external)
• University visits (internal and external)
• UCAS support / Finance talks
• Apprenticeship
• GAP year opportunities
• 1:1 impartial career guidance
• Business networking events
• Enhanced curriculum opportunities



Key Staff

Mr H Polnyj – Head of Enterprise and Life Skills

Mrs Brindley-Edwards – Head of 6th Form

Mrs Cottom – Fully qualified Impartial Careers Adviser from All Together (in school Wednesday – Friday) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mrs Fitzgerald – Proactive Education work related events
Mr Rogers – Enterprise Adviser (Wilson Browne Solicitors)
Monitored by
Mr Smith – Link Governor



Useful websites

https://www.startprofile.com/  - STUDENT CODE 98853
Here pupils can register and work through different parts of the website to look at matching their skills and qualities to different careers. There is lots of information about different pathways.
Similar sites that offer support to students and parents -

School Leavers Guide to Career Options 2018



There is also a comprehensive library of careers resources, including recent college brochures in C4


Employer Engagement – Help us to help you 

We know that employers in the UK have concerns about skills gaps and the work-readiness of some young people.

Guilsborough Academy is a member of the SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise Network, part of the national Careers and Enterprise Company programme. 

Our aim is that through employer engagement at all ages, we ensure that young people leave our school with the skills, competencies, knowledge, appropriate qualifications and attitudes needed by employers for both their own career development and economic sustainability and growth.


We need your help 

We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students and thus shape the future workforce and bring the world of work to life for the next generation.

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work:

  • Employer Talks
  • Business site visits
  • Mentoring
  • Enterprise activities
  • Work experience and job shadowing
  • Mock interviews and CV preparation

If you can help with an engagement or for further information, contact Mrs Cottom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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