Phoenix Collegiate


Phoenix is committed to providing high-quality Careers Education, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) to all students through the curriculum and organised activities. This guidance will focus on the specific needs of the individual student to promote self-awareness and personal development. Students are entitled to careers education and guidance that is impartial and confidential.

Guidance will be integrated into students' experiences of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with them and their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, while promoting the best interests of the students to whom it is given.

We aim to promote the following to all students:

  • Career exploration through the provision of a wide range of resources: computer software, books and leaflets, posters and access to impartial careers guidance.
  • Work place experience through the Year 10 Work Experience week and at Post 16, which is supported by the EBP
  • Independent investigation through the use of a variety of online resources.
  • Progression planning through the provision of Information and Guidance (IAG) from external careers advisors, support across the curriculum, organised progression activities and events and association with local colleges and businesses – including our partners, GeoPost and the Halifax Building Society; developing an understanding of the changing nature of work, education and career choices, including the full range of post-16 education or training options, and apprenticeships.

Our careers policy takes into account our requirement to fulfil all of the Gatsby benchmarks, which the Careers and Enterprise Company require all schools to deliver.

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Parents receive information regarding planned events and are invited into school at key times, for example, when choosing options, preparing for work experience and in identifying appropriate progression pathways at the end of KS4 and 5. They are also invited to participate in individual careers’ interviews.

This policy will be reviewed annually by Anne Madden (Careers Lead).

Careers Programme

The careers programme is co-ordinated by the leader of school enrichment and delivered by tutors via six collapsed days SED (Student Enrichment Days) throughout the course of the school year and supplemented in morning registration time by form tutors.

Throughout these days we make reference to the local labour market. In particular, information relating to the jobs that are on offer in the local area, employment trends and what skills employers require from young people.

Connexions deliver our 1-1 Careers Guidance interviews – Lynn Edge and Tanuja Patel . Connexions offer 'drop in' sessions, individual careers interviews for every Year 11 student and further guidance within the PSHE curriculum. A designated mentor for Post 16 has been appointed to further enhance provision. For more details on what Connexions offer our students, please visit their website at

Careers resources are available in the library, for all students. They are relevant and updated regularly to take account of current good practice. Access to careers software and internet based resources are also available.

Participation in activities, both in school and off-site, provides our students with employer contact, access to information about voluntary and community organisations and the opportunities available to them at Further and Higher Education institutions.

Key Stage 3 Provision

Year 7 – Introducing careers and the opportunities that are available
Year 8 – Linking plans and aspirations to reality
Year 9 – Self-assessment, career paths and options Post 14

Key Stage 4 Provision

Year 10 – Work experience including preparation, implementation and evaluation
Year 11 – Post 16 options/pathways and the application process

Post 16 Provision

Year 12 & 13 - Self-assessment, career paths and options at 17/18 and beyond.

These SEDs have the support of local businesses who readily give their time to support the school in their careers education programmes by telling students about their sector and career paths. SEDs and one to one careers guidance enable us to fulfil the requirements of all of the 8 Gatsby benchmarks.

Provider Access Policy

Please click here to access our Provider Access Policy for further details.

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Contact details

“Can you help with our careers events by coming in to talk about where you work, and/or your career path, or by offering work experience placements where you work?”

We welcome feedback on our career’s education programme, please contact me or my colleagues with your comments and suggestions on

Senior Lead Teacher for Careers Education and Careers Leader - Mrs Kirsty Northwood

Year 10 Work Experience Lead – Mrs Hayley Conway

Year 12 Work Experience Lead/Careers – Mrs Vicky Scott Garrett

Governor responsible for Careers – Mrs Polly Williams