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The aim of the school is to provide our students with information, advice and guidance on the full range of opportunities available to them as they progress through their education. Through PSHCE lessons, our STEP tutorial programme, dedicated non-timetable days and a diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities, students will have the capacity to explore their future ambitions. We intend to achieve all the demands of the ‘Gatsby benchmarks’, including enhancing student encounters with workplace employers, to deliver an excellent programme to support the aspirations of our young people.

Key Information

The school is using the Gatsby benchmarks as the basis of our CEIAG provision. To find out more about the benchmarks go to

The careers programme is designed to provide a coherent platform for students to explore their aspirations. In Year 7 the focus of our guidance will be students appreciating their personal skills and interests. Students will gain an awareness of employability skills and how their learning can support these.

From Year 8 our students will begin to investigate the local labour market and be aware of key terminology, sectors and professions. Running alongside learning about the context of the workplace will be opportunities for visits to employers, the Business Magnates competition and assemblies prior to the options process beginning. To find out more about the options procedure in school go to the GCSE options page. Students will be given an options interview plus the opportunity for a further guidance meeting with our Senior Guidance Manager in school or a One Point interview.

In Year 9 the focus moves to curriculum delivery, with students developing a wider understanding of the links between their subjects and the workplace. This will be done through employer-provided design briefs to test the employability skills of the students. The students will also begin the process of completing their Record of Achievement online, evidencing the range of their workplace encounters.

In Year 10 students will focus more clearly on their post-16 options and how they will fit in with their future aspirations. The main focus of the year will be students researching a more personal pathway for their future education and career. This should include investigation into their potential profession and its sector, and a first-hand experience of the workplace.

The initial stages of Year 11 will provide dedicated advice and guidance on post-16 choices, including guidance on interviews and the student’s personal statement and CV. The support in this year is certainly tailored to the personal needs of the student as they map out their next steps into post-16 education.

Students can access further support by visiting our Careers team located in the FrAmbition room on A block corridor.  Parents/carers and employers can find our further information by contacting the lead in Careers in school who is Mr Fran Ward, Assistant Headteacher by emailing Mr Ward or by phoning 01913866628.

Our aim is to raise the aspirations of our students and provide them with the knowledge and skills to develop their own career paths.  Our success in achieving this aim is measured by student voice, employer feedback (including our Enterprise Adviser) and the destination data we collate in school.

The careers programme is reviewed on an annual basis in consultation with students, tutors and our linked Governor and Enterprise Adviser with the intention of enhancing our provision year upon year.

For more information regarding the Sixth Form experience go to the Sixth Form page.

Please click on the following link to read our Careers Access Policy Statement.

Please click on the following link to view our Careers Programme 2020-21.

Online Links for Parents
Useful for links to other sites.
Useful for post-18 choices.

Student Support

Crucial to fulfilling your aspirations is effective research into potential careers or post-18 university courses. Use the following websites to assist your investigations:
A celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK.
Large selection of careers videos and broad range of articles.
General careers information and videos on a variety of occupational areas.
Job profiles, skills healthcheck, LMI and lifelong learning account.
School subjects at work.
School subjects at work.
Higher education site – excellent for researching potential degree courses.

Sector Specific Information
STEM Careers in the Curriculum Teacher Toolkit
NHS Patient Journey Toolkit
LMI portal for Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland.


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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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