Careers Guidance

In line with our trust vision and values, we at City heights Academy are committed to work in partnership with our stakeholders and communities to raise aspirations, achieve excellence and open doors for all our pupils. We believe firmly in social inclusion and in widening access and opportunity for all. Central to this is ensuring academic and vocational excellence, in order to achieve great outcomes that support social mobility and freedom of choice.

We are committed to ensuring that all of our pupils from year to 11, have outstanding quality impartial advice in line with the statutory Gatsby Benchmarks. We believe it is vital that every pupil has a good understanding of all the technical, vocational and academic routes available to them once they have left one of our academies. Good careers information, advice and guidance will help young people to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.


Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

The Careers and Pathway Coordinator:

Key Stage 3 – Sam Pengelly

Key Stage 4 – Evelyn Asante


Phone: 020 3691 4600                                

As a Statutory Guidance, we follow the Gatsby 8 Benchmarks as a framework for improving our careers provision. The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

1. A Stable Careers Programme

2. Learning from Career and Labour Market information

3. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil

4. Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

5. Encounters with Employers and Employees

6. Experiences of Workplaces

7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education

8. Personal Guidance


All students have 1x Careers lesson per week, below is a brief overview of scheduled events and activities:



spring TERM


Y 71. Introduction to Careers, Let’s Explore: Different Careers, Assemblies, Different Career Guest Speakers, Trips, Life Choice, BHM workshop/ events.2. What skills do I need? National Careers Week, Apprenticeship Week activities in school, Guest Speakers and How can I create a product.3. Choosing the right Career, Vision Board, The next Steps, Career Lessons, Guest Speakers, Assemblies, The being a... different careers, So you want to be and introducing Unifrog.
Y 81. Who do you aspire to be?, How is the job market?, BHM, Assemblies, Guest Speakers, Trips.2. The what does it mean to be a (different careers), Unifrog, National Careers Week, Apprenticeship Week activities in school, Guest Speakers.
3. Climate Change Careers, Employee engagement fairs, Guest Speakers and careers providers.
Y 91. Let’s Explore (Different Careers), The Next Steps: GCSE, A-levels etc, Assemblies, Unifrog platform, BHM, Guest Speakers, Trips.2. What do I want to be? (Careers Choice) Careers Fayre, National Careers Week/Apprenticeship Week activities in school, Guest Speakers.3. The Next Steps (Careers series)Employment engagement fayre, University Visit, Guest Speakers.
Y 101. BHM, Employability skills, Careers Lessons, Assemblies, Unifrog platform, Guest Speakers, Trips, University Visits.2. Choosing a Career, What does it mean to be? (Careers series) Careers Fayre, National Careers Week, Apprenticeship Week activities in school, WEX and guest speakers.
3. Life after CHEA series, Employment engagement fairs, University Visit, Guest Speakers, Careers Interviews by local businesses.
Y 111. How to be Careers series, BHM, NEET and Back on track speakers, Applying for (the next steps) Assemblies, Making the right choices, platform, Guest Speakers, Trips, University Visit, Workplace visits.2. Making the right choice, Year 11 interviews, Apprenticeship assembly, targeted one-to-one careers interview by Us Trust, NEET Students targeted to support with Post 16 Pathway, Post 16 Application sessions in during the day. National Careers Week, Apprenticeship Week activities in school.3. How to apply and what are my next options series, continued one to one tailored careers guidance, Post 16 support and exam preparation.

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