Future Choices Evening Tue 17 March 2020

Careers and Enterprise Plan

Careers advice, education and information

Maidenhill School offers an extensive careers information, advice and guidance syllabus which supports pupils to prepare for their future education and career pathways. This is embedded into the year 8-11 curriculum and is delivered by teachers, the SGS Schools’ Careers Service and through attending local careers events and visiting guest speakers. Maidenhill School’s careers programme is mapped against The Gatsby Benchmarks which is a set of guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools.  Our 2017 Ofsted report states "Independent careers advice and guidance provided by the school is a strength."

Websites and Resources

Websites:A range of careers websites are available for pupils to use to research information about different courses and jobs, to compare universities, alternatives to university, to search for inspiration or to find sector specific information. These include The National Careers Service, NHS Careers and Careers in Aerospace and many more.  New websites are tested and added during the academic year which can be found and accessed via the school VLE.

Career Pilot 

To help with making choices for KS4, Post 16 and Post 18 plus information about apprenticeships, volunteering, university, higher education and more


Careers Wales  

An A to Z guide of jobs with detailed informationand links for a wide range of different careers.  The subjectslink is useful for research related to specific subjects


NHS Careers 

The site has detailed information and case studies and videos for over 350 different careers available in the NHS



Useful information about higher education and studying at university to help your child search for and read about the wide range of different course available.  Alternatives to university are also available



Information about what an apprentice is, the different types available as well as case studies.  Students can search for local and national apprenticeship vacancies.


Careers and Enterprise

Useful links to a variety of career relatedwebsites



Important information about starting an apprenticeship


Other resources:

The are a number of books on careers as well as college, sixth form and university prospectusses in the library for students to read.


Ethos and school context

As a small school, we pride ourselves on knowing our students really well and treating each child as an individual. We are a close, learning community and we are determined that students will achieve their personal best in everything they do, both within the classroom and beyond. Student achievement is at the heart of everything we do.

When students arrive, we quickly get to know them. Students tell us how they soon feel at home, enabling them to swiftly focus on their work and their progress. Throughout their time with us, we will continue to challenge and support them to achieve their potential.

Our mission is to ‘create and achieve a brighter future’ for our students and we are committed to providing the very best education for our young people. We want our students to enjoy their time with us and be ready to move on to further education, training or employment as well-qualified, confident, happy and successful young adults. They need to achieve the very best grades they can, but they also need opportunities to develop into adults through their interaction with others and their active involvement in the variety of experiences and activities that we offer. We aim to develop skills and qualities in students beyond academic achievement. For example: Being critical, commitment, collaboration, creativity, challenge, motivation and resilience. 

We are a growing school with 608 students on roll as at May 2020. The students we serve are from a range of backgrounds and contexts each bringing their own individual aspirations for the future. It is our challenge to support and raise their aspirations. It is our duty to keep our students up to date with local opportunities as well as widen and broaden their horizons to make them aware of what lies beyond Stonehouse and Gloucestershire, nationally and internationally. 

Progress and attainment of our Year 11 students has been increasing year on year with the 2018/19 achieving an average Progress 8 score of -0.11. 


Student destinations

The latest published destination data tells us that in 2017/18 100% of students went on to further education, employment or training. 0% of students classified as NEET. Early data for 2018/19 cohort indicates that 99% of the cohort will be in further education, employment or training. We analyse the breakdown of destinations to help support and inform planning to ensure improved guidance and context for all. 


The local labour market

Gloucestershire has traditionally been over-represented by jobs in the engineering and manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Although jobs in engineering and manufacturing are predicted to decline in the future in the county, vacancies for engineering technicians, mechanical engineers and other engineering professionals are still high relative to other professions.

Areas of job growth in Gloucestershire are predicted to be:

  • health and social work; 
  • professional services; 
  • IT; 
  • construction; 
  • wholesale and retail.

A recent employee survey in Gloucestershire found that are?? One?  third of job vacancies are hard to fill. Reasons given were a lack of candidates with the right qualifications, work experience and skills. This is likely to continue in the future with a growing trend within the county, and in the country as a whole, for skilled workers. 


Aims and overview of the careers and enterprise strategy

In line with the school’s ethos and insight from analysis of student destinations data and local Labour Market Information, the aims of strategy are as follows:

  • To ensure every student has an opportunity to meet their potential
  • To develop students’ employability skills and aspirations
  • To enhance student and parent/carer knowledge and understanding of the national and local labour market, careers and qualification pathways
  • To give students the tools and strategies to plan their career path and develop their job search skills


This is done through:

  • Meaningful encounters with employers (at least one per year)
  • Contact with wide range of local post-16 education and training providers
  • Enterprise challenges and Duke of Edinburgh
  • Targeted mentoring, work experience and raising aspirations programmes
  • Careers Adviser and Employer one-to-one interviews (minimum of one of each type during a student’s time at Maidenhill) 
  • Careers-related activities designed to support key decision points and milestones (such as Year 9 and post-16 options) by providing timely information, as well as facilitating reflection, planning and the development of skills and experience.
  • Parental/carer information and guidance 
  • Subject specific and general careers and qualifications information for parents/carers and students (Kudos website, Year 9).

This will be continuously reviewed to ensure the activities are sufficiently up-to-date, relevant, comprehensive, evidence-based and reflective of best practice/current guidance. In particular, a monitoring and evaluation strategy will be developed to ensure that activities are effective and informing student decision making. 

The following activities will be introduced in the 2020 – 21 academic year: 

  • Experience of the workplace (at least two during a student’s time at Maidenhill). This will take the form of visits to local employers and or workshops delivered by different employers.
  • Student logging of skills, experience and career plans and aspirations. This is in development and a pilot programme will be introduced in 20/21.

Overall, we will develop a progressive careers programme with the focus in Key Stage 3 on raising aspirations and broadening students’ horizons and in Key Stage 4 on providing students with the knowledge and opportunities to identify and plan their chosen career or educational pathway.

The remainder of the document maps the strategy onto the Gatsby benchmarks and shows how Maidenhill intends to develop careers and employability across the curriculum. It shows current and planned provision that will address any identified gaps and take careers and enterprise education at Maidenhill to the next level.


Gatsby benchmark

Currently in place

Future actions under consideration

A stable careers programme

In place: senior leader (Andy Hara, Assistant Head), qualified careers advisor (Kim Harris), link governor (Vicki Redding) and enterprise adviser (Jon Batterham, Chrysalis Research)
Use of Compass tool to review progress


Careers and Enterprise Plan on website – staff, students and parents/carers briefed on contents
Reference to and strategy for employability/life skills that the school looks to develop
Regularly review progress made against Gatsby benchmark and evaluation of outcomes – an evaluation strategy that looks at how careers education is informing student decision making


Learning from Labour Market Information (LMI)

Summary of Gloucestershire LMI 
Development of student search/research strategies, job opportunities and career routes: Years 7 & 9 use of Kudos in Learning for Life lessons and Year 11 in EP lessons




Students and parents/carers given access to LMI to inform study and post-16 options: familiar with, and signposted to, key sources (website needs updating)
C 21st Skills briefings for parents/carers and teachers (LifeSkills)
Apprenticeships: Careers Ready apprenticeships to be delivered during Apprenticeship week in March. Also see Not Going to Uni website

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Careers advisor interviews used to identify needs: targeted at Yr 9 and all students at Yr 11
Process in place for tracking destinations of each student – used to inform review of careers strategy
Targeted mentoring with Year 10 students: Yr 12 and 13 students from Marling and Stroud High



Passport for tracking/assessing skills 
Barclays LifeSkills young people modules
GROWS (University of Gloucestershire) working with students from families that did not attend university.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

See appendix for audit of careers and skills development in the curriculum





Agreed list of employability skills that Maidenhill aim to develop in their students – mapped/applied to curriculum areas (supported by the Barclays LifeSkills programme)
Programme of study making use of tutor time, the curriculum and drop-down days to develop these skills (Barclays LifeSkills programme could support this)
Displays showing career routes linked to curriculum areas and teacher CPD so able to guide students (Career Ready resource)

Encounters with employers and employees



Employer talks across most curriculum areas and year groups
Year 9: enterprise challenge, SGS Ambitions Event (this did not happen in 2019 this remains on the plan to see if it is relaunched in 2020 Year 10: mock interviews with employers
Science visits to Cheltenham science fair
Year 9 Fame Lab event Feb 2020
Maths Challenge Feb 2020


Enterprise Champion in each department charged with arranging visits/sessions with employers linked to curriculum area (e.g. STEM subjects could access: https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors/)
Years 7: Science in Schools (Cheltenham Science fair in June) or Big Bang Fair in Birmingham (March)
Year 8: Reinshaw innovation centre visit
Years 9: employer talks to support Year 9 options arranged by Enterprise Champions.
Year 10 and 11: activity to support post-16 options. 

Experiences of workplaces




Work experience opportunities offered as they arise. Renishaw work experience offered to all Year 11 for July 2020.

All students to have at least one experience of workplace during their time at Maidenhill 

Year 8: Renishaw STEM visit
Additional workplace visit for one year group.
Year 10: targeted work experience programme of opportunities

Encounters with further and higher education




Year 9 and 10: SGS Ambitions Event
Year 9 and 10 raising aspirations event to Gloucester University – 40 from each year groups aimed at High prior attainers.
Year 11: post-16 education providers options fayre and parents/carers information evening held in-school
University visit
Talks from apprentices (Alumuni) to coincide with Careers Ready Enterprise modules

Personal guidance




Year 8: Careers Adviser-led session getting young people to reflect on their values and types of jobs (real game)
Yr 9: Entitlement to careers guidance interview to support choice of options
Yr 10: development of CV and action plan in conjunction with employer mock interviews
Yr11: interview with careers adviser



 More information is available to download below



Name Date
Updated College and Sixth Form Open Days 2020 2021 as at 2 Dec 2020 2nd December 2020 Download >
Gloucestershire College Apprenticeships Brochure 9th June 2020 Download >
A to Z of Apprenticeship Types 18th September 2019 Download >