Careers Guidance

IAG Award

Castle Hill School has once again been awarded the Gold standard for CEIAG- Careers Education, Independent Advice and Guidance in January 2017.

We have held this quality mark for the standard of our Careers provision since 2013.

Thank you to all the parents, staff and governors and working partners who gave their time to be part of the accreditation process.

Further details of the aims of the CIAG Award can be found here: CIAG


The Government have identified key factors which make up an effective careers guidance programme and prepare young people for employment. These are listed below along with the way in which we address them at Castle Hill:

Experience of work

At Castle Hill we have a work experience programme that spans KS4 and the Sixth Form and builds in terms of time and variety of experiences.

Exposure to employers

At Castle Hill we invite employers and employees into school to deliver workshops and talks to our students. We also take students into a variety of workplaces to meet employers and employees.

Understanding the labour market

In lessons we use specific careers software programmes and government websites to gather up-to-date information and learn about and explore live job, college and apprenticeship opportunities. We also work with Services For Young People (SFYP) and Pure Innovations to do this on a one to one and small group basis.

A planned and effective careers education programme

In Key Stage 3 careers forms part of the PSHCE programme of study and in Years 10 and 11 we have one  careers lesson a week. AQA work related PHSE units form the basis of our lessons. Work experience, interview technique, CV writing, personal research in individual areas of interest and post 16-18 opportunities/pathways build our effective careers programme in Year 12 and 13. 

Independent, impartial careers advice and guidance

This is provided by Services for Young People.

The following links also provide useful sources of independent advice:  

Provide inspiration

We invite past students to talk to our current students about moving on, carers choices and life experiences since leaving Castle Hill. 

Direct access to employers

Work experience, employers and employees delivering workshops and talks to students and visits to work places provide our students with access to employers and employees.


This comprehensive programme informs, inspires and motivates young people, preparing them for work and helping them to understand where different education and training choices could take them in the future. It enables our students to access comprehensive and up-to-date information on the full range of options in education, training and work and with knowledge about career progression and timely impartial careers advice and guidance.


Destinations 2017

The following document gives the destinations of our Summer 2017 Year 11 and Year 13 leavers.



Work Experience

To exemplify the quality of our work experience programme the following document summarises the work experience placements followed by last year's Year 13 students from 2013-2016:

Work Experience


Can you help?

If any parents or friends of the school are are willing to give up 30 minutes of their time to talk to a group of students or deliver a workshop based on their career or profession we'd love to hear from them.

If you are able to offer a young person in Year 11 a week's work experience or a Sixth Form student a weekly work placement one day a week please contact Mrs Jones directly.

We really do appreciate the support of parents and carers who are already doing this for us and we are always looking for quality work placements for our students.

If you have any questions about our careers guidance programme please contact Julie Jones,


Our Careers Policy can be viewed here: Careers Policy



Opportunities in Education booklet

Routes into Work Guide This guide provides information about options for young people with SEND to help them move into paid employment.