Careers Policy

Vision and Values

Sunbury Manor School is committed to implementing a careers programme that provides our students with the knowledge, skills and qualifications needed to reach their full potential and make informed decisions about their future career paths.

Fully complying with the DfE statutory guidance and aligned with the eight ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’, our Careers Education and Work-Related Learning opportunities prepare our students for life beyond school.

A principal aim of Sunbury Manor School’s careers programme is to broaden students’ horizons by exposing them to a wide range of different career pathways. Students will have many opportunities to engage with different employers and employees, experience workplaces and higher education establishments in the hope that they will have their aspirations raised through broadening horizons.  

The school’s aims for Careers education and work-related learning:

  • To raise levels of attainment through high quality and appropriate careers and work-related learning opportunities.
  • To develop a range of appropriate and relevant activities that assist in raising students’ aspirations.
  • To develop students’ soft skills and employability in a range of contexts.
  • To expose students to a variety of different careers and career pathways, increasing their awareness of the world of work.
  • To provide opportunities for students to interact with a variety of higher education providers.
  • To provide opportunities for students to experience higher education establishments and were possible, different workplaces.
  • To develop a range of opportunities to enhance the curriculum and embed careers into each subject.
  • To provide students with impartial careers guidance on the choices available to them for higher education, training and future employment.

Curriculum Provision

Every student is entitled to high quality career education and guidance as part of their overall education.

Sunbury Manor School offers a wide range of activities in order to help prepare students for post-16 education. These activities broaden students’ horizons by exposing them to a variety of different careers, higher education providers and employers as well as developing students’ key skills.

The range of activities the school is currently offering in order to help meet these objectives include:

  • External speaker assemblies focusing on a wide range of careers
  • Higher education and apprenticeship assemblies
  • Local employer/business/higher education visits
  • STEM activities and workshops
  • Careers and GCSE options workshops – exploring post-16 options choices
  • Mock interviewing and speed networking
  • Virtual work experience opportunities
  • One-to-one careers guidance
  • The development of schemes of work across the curriculum that recognise the importance of Careers education and work-related learning in preparing students for higher education and working life.

Management and Delivery of Careers Education

We recognise the importance of putting in place effective arrangements for the management and delivery of the programme. The Assistant Headteacher responsible for CEIAG will oversee the strategic vision, working closely with the Careers Leader to ensure delivery of the strategy.

All staff are expected to contribute to the career learning and development of students in their different roles. To meet the training needs that arise from this, where necessary we will deliver suitable staff inset and meetings.

The implementation of the careers programme will be monitored and reviewed every summer term by the Careers Leader and Assistant Headteacher responsible for Careers in order to evaluate the programme and identify any further improvements that can be made.

Stakeholders and Partners

The school has an annual agreement with Innervate Careers to help fulfil our obligation to provide impartial careers advice to our students. This contract is reviewed annually by the Headteacher and finance team.

The school also works closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company, in particular our allocated Careers and Enterprise Coordinator who provides additional help and support in helping us meet The Gatsby Benchmarks.

We recognise the important role that Parents/Carers have in their child’s career development and try to equip them with the necessary information and involve them in careers events where possible so they have the confidence to support their child’s planning and decision making.