A comprehensive careers programme has been developed to help students make informed decisions regarding their future.

Careers Leader/Careers Adviser – Mrs Carey Anderson

Careers Co-ordinator – Mrs Rachel Mays      

Please contact Mrs Anderson/Mrs Mays if you have any specific queries regarding the careers programme.

The careers programme has been created in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks to ensure best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education statutory guidance 2018

The aim of our careers programme is to raise aspirations and inspire all students to unlock their potential and make the best choices for post 16, whether this be further education, apprenticeship, or job with training.   The programme in line with the CDI’s Career Development Framework helps clarify the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to have a fulfilling career.

The impact and success of the careers programme is evaluated in a range of ways including:

  • Feedback from all stakeholders including students, parents, staff and guests involved in the delivery of the programme. 
  •         Termly against the Gatsby Benchmarks and policies.  Our most recent Gatsby Benchmark evaluation (see below)
  •        Annually evaluated and updated. 

The Gatsby Benchmarks

1,       A stable careers programme

2.       Learning from career and labour market information

3        Addressing the needs of each student

4.       Linking curriculum learning to careers

5.       Encounters with employers and employees

6.       Experience of work places

7.       Encounters with further and higher education

8.       Personal Guidance

CEIAG Programme (see below)

Guest Speakers

·     A range of speakers from a range of career areas are invited to share their knowledge with students.

Information for all stakeholders including staff, pupils, parents, external agencies and employers

We hope you like the content of our 2023/2024 careers programme.  We appreciate your comments on the programme.  Please contact Mrs Anderson/Mrs Mays with your feedback.

Any business, college or independent training provider wanting to provide information to students should contact Carey Anderson, Careers Lead on 02380325333 or via email


We encourage students, teachers and parents to use Careerpilot,

Careerpilot is an impartial, free to use, South of England wide careers website, which provides 13-19 year olds with information about:

  • The full range of progression choices available at 14, 16 and 18
  • Over twenty job sectors which links to 100s of job profiles
  • Available providers, qualifications and much more

The site includes Careers Tools enabling students to personalise and save their choices, and has a Pre-16 Skills Map tool.  It also has a Parent Zone.



Other Useful websites

The Flying Start Southampton is an impartial website to support your transition to post-16 education and training.

Southampton colleges and the Southern Universities Network (SUN ) have come together to provide impartial support, information and advice on further education, apprenticeships and future employment options:

The site includes:

 Careers - Planning for the future

  • Developing study skills –resources provided by college partners
  • Post-16 subject specific – to explore chosen subjects and beyond
  • FAQs for young people & parents and carers
  • Health and wellbeing resources

Access Southampton

Southampton City Council's free and impartial guide.   You can find information about:

GCSE Options, Leaving School, Finishing Compulsory Education, Jobs, Support for Young People, Career Links, Apprenticeships, Ambassador Film, The Zone, Jobs Bulletin, Events & Opportunities

National Careers Service  

The National Careers Service is an online careers database containing information on hundreds of different jobs.  It gives you all the essential information you need to know about the job and how to get into it.   There’s a CV Builder and a section for 13-16 year olds with information to help choose options at key stage 3 and 4.



An increasingly popular study option, apprenticeships are a great way to gain hands-on experience while studying towards an industry-recognised qualification and earning a wage.  They’re available across a range of sectors, from engineering and law to construction and fashion design.



It is a good idea look at the UCAS website, especially if there’s a particular subject you would like to study or a specific university you would like to attend.  The website displays the entry requirements for university courses, the specific grades you will need and course details.


Southampton Voluntary Service

There are lots of volunteering opportunities to get involved in.