Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance / Work Experience
The careers education, information and guidance at Chantry Academy is delivered by Alltogether and our Social Ethics Curriculum. Alltogether is an external, independent and impartial careers guidance service who will support students to aim high in their career goals and aspirations.
Our careers adviser Vicky Richards is in school every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and is based in the careers office within the Library.
Appointments are made for the students in Year 11 and are a compulsory part of the careers support programme in school. If students wish to contact Vicky they can email her on
All Together Guidance Professionals are pivotal in the delivery of new statutory duty in schools to provide students with Independent Careers Guidance.
Mixing traditional, friendly and robust guidance with employer engagement expertise across education and employment spaces, an All Together Guidance Professional brings employers together to create an enriched matrix of careers education both in and outside of school.
Working at Chantry Academy as an additional resource on Monday, Tuesdays and Fridays, an All Together Guidance Professional offers personalised guidance services to students whilst establishing the Better Journey to Work programme across Years 7-11.
An All Together Guidance Professional will support the development and facilitation of A Better Journey to Work including an emphasis on new Traineeships and increasing Internships and Apprenticeships for young people.
In school, the Assistant Principal, Mr Moseley is the SLT careers contact and looks after CEIAG on a daily basis. Please see him at any time for advice or guidance. He can be contacted by email at:
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Students are entitled to careers education, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential. This includes all types of employment and training which includes apprenticeships. It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, in the best interests of the students to whom it is given. Specifically, students are entitled to receive:
- Clear information, advice and guidance about all options available
- Help to decide what to do when they finish their course/education, including further learning, training or employment
- A programme of CEIAG which helps them to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
- The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that affect their learning
- An opportunity to learn about the world of work
Detailed areas include:
Key Stage 3
In key stage 3, IAG concentrates on:
- Researching careers –subjects, qualifications, skills and training needed for different careers
- Future possible careers linked to different options/pathways choices (see below)
- Options/pathways choices
- Individual interviews for students regarding option choices if requested
- Parents information evenings on options/pathways choices
- Better Journey to Work- self assessment of skills.
Key Stage 4
In key stage 4, IAG concentrates on:
- Researching future possible careers
- Help with application letters, application forms, CV’s etc.
- Interview techniques
- Work experience (year 11)
- Preparation for work experience.
Information / advice on all options:
- Sixth form
- FE college
- Other types of employment
- Training programmes.
This includes visits to, or by, post 16 options and employers where appropriate as well as individual interviews regarding post 16 options.
Assessing the impact of our Careers Programme on pupils
Staff continually assess the impact of the Career provision. Outside organisations will provide the school with questionnaire feedback which will be kept and reviewed as part of the annual review to ensure that the programme is suitable. We will use our external partners to ensure our students get the most up to date and relevant information possible.
Evaluation of Programme
It is important that we measure the impact of our strategy through student, employer and parent feedback.
We also track the destinations of our students Post 16.
We use the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass Tool self-assess our strategy against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Our careers provision is monitored by
- Tommy Moseley, Assistant Principal – Raising Aspiration Lead
- Lucy Bayliss - Link Governor
- Vicky Richards, AllTogether
Information, Advice & Guidance is provided through:
Careers Drop Ins, Business Breakfasts & Careers Fairs – Employers, Colleges and Universities will visit the school on a regular basic to talk to you about their industry and how to train and qualify for role in that sector.
Social Ethics – Students will have access to a spiral curriculum from Year 7 to 11 to inform them of their options and build the skills necessary to make informed decisions.
Subjects – Careers education is part of all learning at Chantry Academy. Departments ensure that the curriculum they provide is relevant for the students and the community they serve.
Unifrog – You have access to our online resources.
Results Service – a team of advisers will be able to talk through you needs on results day to help you confirm your intended destination.
Qualified 1-2-1 Guidance – You also have access to a qualified careers advisor, who will provide confidential and impartial advice to students on the information they have received or to help guide students to make fully informed decisions.
Planning for the future – if you have a career idea but want to find out the best route for you or if you have no career ideas our advisers can help you create career ideas around your interests and skills.
GCSE & A Level Options – Choosing your options and what would best suit you.
Apprenticeships – Finding work or an apprenticeship, including job hunting techniques including mock interviews
Parents Evenings – Access to careers advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, enrichment activities, parents and option evenings and on results days
Technology – Information and updates will also be available on notice boards, plasma screens and the websites
As part of our careers work and to give you a taste of the many opportunities that exist in the world of work, we provide a one week period of Work Experience at the beginning of Year 11. If you have any queries relating to Work Experience, or you are an employer who can offer a place to a student, please contact Mrs Bonwick on 01473 687181
Would you like to work with our students? We encourage all employers and training providers to work with our students if they can. Please see the policy below to find out how we can work together.
Alltogether working in partnership with Chantry Academy to deliver independent careers advice and guidance.
Please click here for the Alltogether careers website – working in partnership with schools to help young people make decisions about their future.
We want to give you the right information at the right time for you – they are the right people to help!
There are many Y11 Apprenticeships on offer.
Information can be obtained from Mr Moseley and through booking sessions with our Alltogether advisor Vicky. Information is update weekly on the Year 11 Transition Teams area.
Information and application forms can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Labour Market Information (LMI) / Destination Data
Every student, and parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. Careerometer 2 enables our students to review and compare different occupations, what they involve and what the potential earnings can be.
GCSE Options :
Use this search engine to find your perfect career - http://neuvoo.co.uk/
Post 16 useful links:
SNC - http://www.suffolk.ac.uk/
Otley - Suffolk Rural - Suffolk New College
Suffolk ONE- https://www.suffolkone.ac.uk/
Northgate - https://www.northgatesixthform.co.uk/
Copleston - http://www.copleston.suffolk.sch.uk/introduction3
St Albans - Apprenticeships and Traineeships - The Source
Date of Review - June 2024