Careers education at Nailsea School is delivered in a number of ways and the information below will give you an insight into the careers support available in school.

Nailsea School Careers Programme – an outline of the delivery of careers guidance in school

Policy statement – the Baker Clause, our policy statement for provider access

Nailsea School Careers overview – what to expect from careers provision at Nailsea School

This information is reviewed annually. Feedback is gathered from students, parents, teachers and employers on all aspects of the careers programme and is used to measure the impact and improve the CEIAG offer. 

If you have any comments you wish to feed into the evaluation process please contact our Careers Leader.

Contact Details are available in the Staff Contact Directory below:

Careers LeaderMrs S RuttyMain contact for any students, parents, employers, education providers etc who would like to discuss careers advice or guidance
Careers AdvisorMrs D BrittonShe is based in the Careers Office located in 143 by the Media Cafe, and is happy to discuss options, courses and careers paths.

Lunch and break times are an excellent time to drop in and appointments can be made if needed. Mrs Britton automatically sees priority groups from Year 9 and Year 10, all of Year 11 and Year 12 and Year 13 students by referral. Referalls can be done via Tutor, Head of House or self referral
Assistant Head of HouseMr J MorrisStudent mentoring and careers guidance

Our Year 10 Work Experience Week is a great opportunity for students to practice employment skills they will need in their future working lives and to investigate careers they may be interested in. Students participate in real work activities and keep a log of the tasks they do and the skills they use.

Our annual Careers Fair is a great place for all students to find out about future options and career paths that may be available to them. With representation from local colleges and universities, apprenticeship providers, the public sector and local businesses there is usually something for everyone.

Year 9 Guided Choices Booklet

Year 9 Guided Choices Presentation

When you are choosing your options, take a moment to consider the following:

  • Which are the subjects and activities that you enjoy most?
  • Which subjects are you good at?
  • Do you have a career in mind? – Will this need any specific subjects?

You should avoid:

  • Choosing a subject because a friend is doing it
  • Choosing a subject without researching it first
  • Choosing a subject because you like the teacher

Speak to as many people as you can. Your teachers, your parents/carers, family friends and your careers department are all great resources to help you.

Enhance your Skills and Experiences

Getting great grades is important, but you also need to think about your skills and experiences. Do you participate in clubs or extra curricular activities? Have you represented school? Have you considered voluntary work or a part time job? Do you take on additional responsibilities? What skills and experiences do you have and how can you demonstrate them? Skills and experiences gained now will add to the quality of your CV and future course and job applications.

Make the Most of Careers Information and Opportunities

Throughout your time at school you will have plenty of opportunity to get involved in careers related activities. There are ABSolute focus days on skills and CV writing, work shadowing and work experience weeks, assemblies about options, colleges and apprenticeships and an annual Careers Fair.

Explore Careers Online

A great place for general careers information is Careerpilot which also links in to the National Careers Service. Here, you can explore different types of employment sectors and look at jobs in detail. You will be able to find out about job roles, the work involved and the qualifications, skills and experiences needed for that job.

To help find how your strengths and skills may match with a future career path try this quiz

  • www.ucas.com/careers/buzz-quiz
  • Careerometer: A tool to compare jobs

  • www.careerpilot.org.uk/information/careerometer
  • After GCSE there are a number of different routes to choose from explained in this short film:

    It is important to talk to your child about their career plans and encourage them to explore their options.

    We continually assess and evaluate our careers programme and update from the feedback we receive.

    Please take a moment to complete a short survey. We use this information to shape the school’s careers education programme.

    Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) can be found on the school website, in the school newsletter, on noticeboards around school, on displays in classrooms and outside the careers office. The careers programme shows how careers education is delivered through links in subject lessons, ABSolute Days, presentations and workshops from speakers and employer visitors, tutor group activities, trips, school events and 1-2-1 careers guidance interviews.

    In addition you may find the following resources useful:

  • parentzone.careerpilot.org.uk/parent
  • icould.com/
  • www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-parents-guide-to-apprenticeships
  • www.parentalguidance.org.uk/
  • nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
  • Destinations Data

    Gatsby Benchmarks

    The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

    1A stable Careers ProgrammeEvery school should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood  by students, parents, teachers and employers
    2Learning from Career & Labour-market informationEvery student and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities
    3Addressing the needs of each studentOpportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student.  A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
    4Linking curriculum learning to careersAll teachers should link curriculum learning with careers.  For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
    5Encounters with employers and employeesEvery student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.
    6Experiences of workplacesEvery student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience.
    7Encounters with further & higher educationAll students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them.  This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace
    8Personal GuidanceEvery student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided that are trained to an appropriate level.

    Nailsea School uses Compass Audit to measure progress against the Gatsby benchmarks.

    Our latest audit results are below.