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Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers education and guidance programmes play a major part in helping young people choose pathways that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs.  Our careers programme helps our students to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational.  It promotes equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes. The programme is designed to meet the Gatsby benchmarks and conforms to statutory requirements.


Our Careers Lead is: Mr Davies: 

We also have a Careers Advisor: Ms Tunnard:

Students can build and track their careers portfolio using the Unifrog platform. This platform allows students, staff and parents/carers the opportunity to access up-to-date careers information, guidance and advice on progressing to the next stage in their journey and for stakeholders to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of the careers programme in line with the Gatsby benchmarks.

The college conducts ongoing evaluation and review of the careers provision. Details of which are available from the Careers Lead.



Can you help our students with their futures?

As part of our careers provision at The Spires College we are looking to work with a greater number of employers, businesses and organisations in the local area as a means of providing our students with meaningful interactions with as broad a range of employers and career pathways as possible. This may be through companies working with individual subject departments linking curriculum to careers.  It may also be through engagement with our whole college careers fair on Wednesday 23 March, 2022, through smaller talks and seminars to students or by offering work experience placements to our Year 12 students.

Year 12 students will soon be looking to secure a work experience placement for the week of Monday 11 to Friday 15 July, 2022.

If you, your employer or anyone you know would be interested in working with us in any of the ways above please do get in touch by emailing Mr Davies:

We look forward to working with local businesses and employers to support our students in developing aspirations and realising their potential.



The Spires College - Careers progression framework and Careers Programme

The vision for the careers programme is for every student to 'be your best self'.

The careers programme has these strategic objectives:

  • Open students up to a range of career paths & opportunities (Gatsby Benchmarks: 2, 3, 5, 6)
  • Embed personalised aspirational careers guidance for each student (Gatsby Benchmarks: 3, 7, 8)
  • Allow staff to consistently incorporate meaningful and creative future planning into their engagement with students (within, but not exclusive to the curriculum) (Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 4, 8)


Progression Framework Overview:

Careers education at The Spires College will be focused on a key theme each year that will build as students work through the college.

 Year 7Year 8Year 9Year10Year 11Year 12Year 13
FocusInspiration and AwarenessInspiration and PreparationDiscoverEvolveDecideSpecialise and ApplySpecialise and Apply
Enquiry Questions

Who am I?

Who Could I become?

Who am I? Who could I become?

How do I get there?

Where can my subjects and skill-set take me?How can I sell my best self?Where am I going?To what extent am I future ready?What is my next step?

To raise student awareness of the wide range of careers and pathways available regardless of background.

To develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

To equip students with information to prepare them to make informed decisions about their GCSE options.

To reflect on and further develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

Students discover careers and career development.

To reflect on and further develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

Students will develop specific, targeted work-related skills.Students will demonstrate a decisive and proactive attitude to post 16 options.Students will identify a range of post 18 options related to their studies.Students will demonstrate a decisive, proactive and informed attitude to post 18 options.


A printable version of the careers programme is available to download via the following link:

Careers Programme



The Career Pilot website is a really useful resource for students when thinking about and planning their future.  You can use the following links to get to different parts of the Career Pilot website:

Choices at 16:


Choices at 18:


Explore jobs and careers:


Find out about:



Work Experience

Work Experience Providers

Our Careers Policy and Education and Training Provider Access Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website, via the link below: