Careers Guidance

    Pupils receive information, careers advice and guidance of the highest quality to help them make the right choices to move forward with their learning. This is a real strength in the school. Activities to help pupils develop their personal skills and enrich their learning experience raise their aspirations and ambitions to do well and proceed to the next stage of their education

    Ofsted Report 2016

    Careers Education is an integral part of provision for all students. The school's Careers Education and Advice Manager, Mrs S Miles, provides guidance and support to students throughout their time with Stratford School and even supports students after they have left us. Careers advice is integrated through the curriculum to enable our students to make 'real world' connections between their studies and their future.

    Programmes to prepare young people for adult life are available throughout the school years.  These include:

    • Work Experience
    • Enterprise Activities
    • Business Simulation Exercises
    • Advice Sessions
    • Vocational Opportunities

    Statutory Guidance and the Gatsby Benchmarks

    In January 2018, the Department for Education published the Government`s careers strategy which sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people in their journey to a career path that is right for them.

    The eight Gatsby benchmarks of good careers guidance include:

    1. A stable careers programme
    2. Learning from careers and labour market information
    3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
    4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    5. Encounters with employers and employees
    6. Experiences of workplaces
    7. Encounters with further and higher education
    8. Personal guidance

    We are currently achieving the majority of Gatsby benchmarks and are actively working to achieving all benchmarks by 2020.

    Evaluating the impact of the careers programme

    SUAS is currently working towards implementing the use of a regular questionnaire/survey with parents and staff to assess the impact of the careers programme upon students.  Parents will be sent an annual survey for feedback in respect of the careers provision provided for their child.  We currently survey all students for feedback at the end of all careers events held in school as well as external careers events. Furthermore, the impact of the careers programme is measured for example by the destinations of our school leavers at post- 16 and post-18, including university and apprenticeship offers.


    Local Labour Market Information

    For up to date guidance on local labour market information for Warwickshire, please visit:

    For further details on how careers information is integrated into the school please select the link below

    Careers Development Education | PDF

    Useful Websites

    Higher Education:

    Careers Information:

    All About Apprenticeships

    • Professional Social Media

    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Companies, universities, sector, groups and individuals can all be followed on these sites if  you have a professional profile.

    Other Useful Sites:

    • Moving On Magazine: discover careers and qualifications information with Moving On
    • Not Going to Uni: has a live apprenticeship feed for all the latest opportunities
    • Pinterest: collect information
    • collect (and publish) information
    • Blogs: follow, or even start one
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