Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)                                               

As part of our mission to prepare students for life beyond school, we have a very proactive approach to introducing our students to the world of work, training and further education.

We are extremely proud that our students leave us at the end of Year 11 well-prepared for their future, and go on to secure positive destinations and have successful careers.

Local employers, colleges and training providers, visit our school frequently to talk about careers and/or to lead sessions or deliver assemblies for all year groups. We are fortunate enough to have excellent links with a variety of organisations and we utilise these links to the full, in order to provide our students with the best possible practical and impartial advice.

Our Local Authority Careers Advisor attends parents’ evenings for Year 9 – 11, and is happy to speak to parents and students, to give impartial information and guidance. Often, local providers will attend the Y11 parents’ evening.

We offer an annual Careers Convention, which is an interactive market place event, with colleges, providers, employers and universities present, which all year groups attend. This includes an activity during registration.

Students are also encouraged to use the careers section in the Careers Office, as we have an extensive collection of prospectuses from our local colleges and all the universities.


Our excellent careers provision has been recognised with the prestigious awarding of “The Quality in Careers Standard” and by Ofsted (2018):

“Pupils appreciate the support they and their parents recieve in choosing their {option} subject. Consequently, pupils are better equipped for their future education and careers choices”

"“The school’s careers programme contributes much to pupil’s development”

Year 7 and 8 

Careers Education, as part of the PSHE curriculum, begins in Year 7 and Year 8 when attitudes to learning, target setting and progress reviews are discussed in form periods.

Students begin to learn about career pathways through the school’s careers programme, which includes educational visits.

Visits to colleges and universities, promote Further and Higher Education through the Academy of Excellence programme.

Year 9 

In Year 9 there is more emphasis on career exploration as students choose their option subjects for GCSE.

Early in the Spring Term, the students have guidance interviews in small groups with a qualified impartial Careers Advisor, to help with the decision-making process. This is followed by an Options Market Place, during the evening, to give students and parents the opportunity to discuss choices with subject teachers, and the Careers Advisor and local college teams also attend.

Year 10 

All Year 10 pupils are required to participate in a one-week work experience placement. Placements come from a wide range of commercial, public service and industrial organisations. Students are encouraged to find aspirational placements, which can link into their future career choice.

A whole day of Careers Education, Advice and Guidance takes place during the Spring Term. Business leaders from the local community attend to give talks, mock interviews take place, to enhance and strengthen communication skills, and students learn about the softer skills needed in the workplace.

College and university tasters are also offered throughout Year 10, so that students can begin exploring their options and make informed choices.

Eligible students are encouraged to apply to take part in UniFy, residential university placements.

Year 11

By the age of 16, every student will have received at least one interview with an impartial, qualified Careers Advisor.

Following the Mock GCSEs, including a results event with the Careers Team present, a slot is allocated in January, where our students are supported in making their application to college online.

Y11 Students are encouraged to join the NCS Programme to enhance their CV and interview skills

Careers Advisors are available in August on GCSE Results Day

Please click on the following link to download the Provider Access Policy – Provider Access Jan 18

Please click on the following link to download the Careers Policy Careers Education Guidance Policy

Please click on the following link to download the Apprenticeships Pack Parent’s Pack Parent Pack December 2019

Please click on the following link to download the college open evenings College Open Events 2019 20

Careers Team at Birches Head

Mr J Gordon Careers Lead Teacher

Mrs E Holdcroft, Careers Administrator

Mr Clive Shaw, Local Authority Careers Advisor

Telephone 01782 233595 e-mail

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