Careers Guidance

At Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, we’re committed to preparing each student for their life beyond education. We ensure students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help them consider their future options.

Careers contacts:

  • Mrs Hackney is our Careers Leader - [email protected]
  • Julie Chadwick is our Careers Adviser and is available Tuesday and Thursday in the Music Office to answer any careers related questions or to help with CVs/applications - [email protected]

They can both be contacted at the academy on 01782 882200.

We review our careers provision annually in conjunction with our Link Governor Mrs England as well as through our student voice. Our careers provision is externally monitored, and in 2021 we were successful in renewing our award for the Careers Mark. The review process is continued annually with a review meeting held with a member of the Local Authority’s career team.


Careers education starts in Year 7 through introductory lessons allowing the students to reflect on where they are now and on what they want to do in the future. Students will have a unit of careers education delivered through their PSHE curriculum.


Students continue with this in Year 8 investigating possible career routes and matching skills and qualities to suitable occupations. Stereotyping is addressed in each year group to ensure all students are aware and fully embrace the importance of equal opportunities. A Year 8 Careers Fair is delivered for students to assist in Option Choices


In Year 9, external providers such as Vodafone, Barclays Life Skills, JobCentre Plus and the local colleges deliver sessions that include giving advice on post 16 opportunities and CV preparation.


Across Year 10, students have access to a range of career-related activities including Enterprise Days, Teen-tech City of Tomorrow challenge, external speakers, and mock interviews/application forms.


Year 11 have a planned Careers Management Programme that is completed throughout the year. This includes investigating post 16 options, a Careers Fair is held in conjunction with Year 11 Parents’ Evening, this gives students the opportunity to speak to various professionals and organisations, in order to help with their post 16 choices. Students are regularly given open day information during assembly and form time and are invited to attend workshops and presentations with outside speakers regarding various post 16 routes.

An assembly is delivered to Year 11 students about Apprenticeship opportunities and information is given as to where additional information can be accessed. All Year 11 students will have a 1:1 careers meeting with either our Careers Adviser or an Assistant Principal.

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Learning from career and labour market information

Every student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information.

During PSHE time each year group follows a tailored careers education programme. This includes information on different careers, information on how to seek careers, applications, interviews and the skills needed in the workplace.

We have incredible strong links with our LEP which includes half termly meetings to review the provision and make use of the local labour market information to target areas of growth and development in Stoke and North Staffordshire.

Use the Careerometer from the link below to compare different jobs — salary, working hours, etc.

Click the dotted square. Type in the first career that you think you might be interested in and select from the drop-down list, then add your second and third choice to see the comparison.

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A schools careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

The PSHE programme is tailored to different year groups in order to ensure it is age-appropriate. As students progress through the year groups the careers programme is tailored to suit the needs of their stage in life.

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

During lessons, students have a focus on careers in their subject. E.g. careers in science. This gives students an insight into the different careers they could go into using each of their qualifications.

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

During drop-down days students work with a range of employers and employees to give them knowledge about the workplace. One example includes completing the Barclays Life skills workshops with employees from Barclays. During the workshops, students learnt about People Skills, Money Skills and Work Skills. They also spoke to the Barclays representatives about their roles and the range of careers available. This is just one example, however extensive links have been made with a number of employers and employees.

Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks. All students on BTEC courses have workplace experience through the vocational scenarios as part of their assignments.

All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

A careers fair is held for Year 8 students to assist with options choices. Year 9 and 10 students spend time at both Keele and Staffordshire University experiencing sessions to support Level 3 and A level qualifications. Application forms are completed in school and analysed to ensure that the best careers advice is given.

Students are invited to attend higher education lectures and the Stoke Sixth Form College, hosted by Cambridge University for a session on raising aspirations.

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Students are interviewed by the school careers adviser. All Year 11 students receive a 1:1 interview with either the Careers Adviser or an Assistant Principal to ensure that they have high aspirations and are applying for the most suitable courses.

Our next review of careers information will take place in June/July 2022.

We have put together a document that explains all of the options available to you after you leave Year 11. Whether your choice is college, apprenticeships, or even if you have still not yet decided on your career path, this document will help you to make the right choice for you and give you the advice and guidance you need. 

You can download this document from the link below.