Careers Curriculum

“Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for social mobility.” Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance.


Our academy offers students a 7 year programme of careers education, tailored to meet the needs of every individual. From Year 7, through to Year 13, clear connections are made to our curriculum to careers, and students engage with employers, higher-education and apprenticeship providers, to learn about their options.

An outline of our current programme (2021 – 2023) can be viewed here. This will be reviewed and updated in 2023.

Our programme is reviewed annually using the COMPASS+ tracking tool, drawing upon student and staff voice.  Our policy is reviewed every year by Mrs Myatt and our Senior Leadership team.

Our most recent review can be viewed here or by contacting Mrs Myatt

We work in partnership with:

  • D2N2 North Nottinghamshire Careers hub
  • DWP School Advisers
  • Further and Higher Education Providers
  • Futures
  • Gedling Borough Council
  • Local Business and employers across Nottinghamshire
  • Local FE colleges and Sixth Forms
  • Nottingham University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Academy Trust – Beckett, Trinity and All Saints’ Academies and feeder primaries

Support for Students and Parents

We offer tailored 1:1 careers guidance meetings with a Qualified Level 6 Careers Advisor to all students in Years 10 and 11.

To refer your child for an appointment with our Careers advisor, please email our Work-related learning coordinator, Mrs Myatt:

However all students can also access independent careers advice from our dedicated careers webpage: OR SCAN QR CODE

To support your child’s future career choices, please visit the following websites for useful advice and information:

Advice on Apprenticeships

Career guides from the Job Centre

National Careers Service

To support your future career choices, please visit the following websites for useful advice and information:

Advice on apprenticeships

Career guides from the Job Centre

National Careers Service

Our academy is committed to ensuring that every pupil has access to relevant careers’ guidance.  Our academy uses the Compass tracking tool to monitor and evaluate the impact of our careers’ programme. Currently, student and employer evaluations and interviews in Year 11 also enable us to monitor the effectiveness of our programme, co-ordinated by our Work-Related Learning Coordinator. We also evaluate our progress towards the Gatsby Careers’ Benchmarks in November and July, using COMPASS tracker.

Our Careers Policy

Careers Fair

Every year, we hold a Careers Fair, giving our students the opportunity to explore careers options, and the path it takes to get there.

Previously employers include Rolls Royce, Experian, NHS, Junior Doctors, YMCA, Plastek Group, RAF, Huddersfield University, Civica, Nottingham College, Brackenhurst College and Confetti College, amongst many others!