The Department of Education (DfE) has adopted the 8 Gatsby Career Benchmarks as the indicators of best practice careers provision in schools.

These are:

  • 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.

At Harbour Vale School our students’ individual needs are at the centre of our planning and timetabling – both in the day to day and when guiding them to look forward to their “next steps” and further forward still, to their potential future careers.

Our Careers Lead is building upon existing structures and working on embedding the Gatsby Benchmarks into the curriculum and a whole school approach to helping our young people plan for and work towards the future.

Every pupil in KS3 will have an interview with our Ansbury Careers adviser to start them thinking about their future choices, and curriculum staff use opportunities to discuss professions and careers in subject lessons, as well as part of the PSHCEE curriculum.

Our KS4 students are involved in weekly timetabled Preparation for Work lessons – looking at future options, inspiration and aspiration, preparation for further education and entering the world of work.  These lessons are often supported by our Ansbury Careers Adviser, who will also chat formally and informally with students, advising on college/Sixth Form/training placements as well as any additional opportunities.

We organise taster sessions at local colleges and sign-post our students and parents to events, information and opportunities which might help with future choices.

Ansbury Guidance

Centre Advisor:  Alison McClurg

Alison is available at the school.  Pupils can request appointments through their Year Groups or by speaking to the office staff.

Alternatively, pupils and families can visit the Ansbury website for further information, guidance and support.

Contact Us

For more information or to get in touch:

01935 814582
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