Here at Churchmead we believe that Careers education and guidance is imperative for our students to make successful career choices. We strive to develop the skills and knowledge required when making life decisions, so that all students can thrive in the working world of modern Britain. 

We work in close partnership with Rebecca Dean from Adviza to ensure all our students receive support, guidance and inspiration, when choosing their next steps.

“High quality, independent careers guidance is crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions."

All students in KS3 are guided through their options and subject choices. This takes place in subject lessons and at our Options Evening held in February. Workshops are held in Year 8 by Mrs Southwart and Rebecca Dean to support with this process. The students are encouraged to explore their individual interests, likes and dislikes as well as a wealth of career opportunities in the world of work.  We strongly believe that this process allows students to understand the importance of the skills and knowledge learnt in school to open doors for their future. The opportunities available in the working world are continuously explored through teaching and learning in and out of the classroom. Extra-curricular excursions take place across KS3, giving pupils the chance to experience different employment sectors and working environments.

In KS4, pupils are encouraged by the Careers Team to delve deeper into their career options through workshops, assemblies and trips. Each student will receive at least one personal appointment with our careers adviser Rebecca Dean by the Summer Term in Year 11. During this process, students will be able to discuss their options on a 1:1 basis, explore a range of Higher Education courses, Apprenticeships and work-based programmes dependant on the individual needs and interests of each student. A report of the session is then sent home to parents and carers to encourage further conversation based on the career of the young person. Adviza support our Year 11 Parents and Information Evenings providing on-hand information and support. Following the academic year, Adviza and Churchmead Staff are on hand on Results Day to discuss individual options and the next steps for our young people.

The Careers Programme is routinely assessed and measured for impact. Using Compass- a careers benchmark tool, we can see how the school is meeting and exceeding the statutory guidance set by the Department of Education. The tool is a rigorous assessment programme that can highlight areas of strength and areas for improvement, if needed. The tool uses the Gatsby Benchmarks-foundation of the Statutory Guidance, when assessing the school's Careers’ provision. 

The next review date for our Careers Programme: 24th October 2023.

Careers Leader

Miss Emma Chawke - / 01753 211330

Useful links


National Careers Service:

Volunteering- National Citizen Service:

New links as of April 2020


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