Careers Guidance

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Chace seeks to holistically prepare students for their future.  It is a comprehensive careers programme that provides aspirational and realistic career goals for all of our students, and clearly links curriculum learning to careers. We seek to provide students with the knowledge and experience to make informed decisions for their future choices in the workplace, higher education or training.

To achieve this aim, we are adopting the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance framework to develop and improve our careers provision. The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career 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

Chace Careers Programme 2021-22 can be found here.

University and Your Future: Career Planning and Making the Most of Your Degree Course. Please click on the link to take you to the website:



Baker Clause Policy Statement

Chace Community School uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our careers programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students. This complies with the School’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Chace Community School also proactively seeks to build relationships with education partners as we plan our careers activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7- 13, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways.

Chace Community School ensures that staff involved in guidance and pastoral support are up to date with their knowledge of post 16 and post 18 pathways.

Student Entitlement

Students in years 7-13 are entitled to:
- Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships;
- Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships at each transition point;
- Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

The Governor link for careers is Vicki Morgan. She can be contacted via the careers lead:

Opportunities for Access

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices.
Years 9, 11 and post 16 students are given opportunities to meet with an impartial careers advisor.

Careers Timeline

Start Platform

As part of our commitment to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, we are delighted to announce that we are using an innovative online resource called Start.
Start will help your child to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.

Student Use

Every student has a login for Start and it is accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices.
Students personalise their profile on Start with details about their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences. This provides a starting point for them to explore information matched to their personal preferences and interests. As they update their profile, Start will personalise this information, helping them to navigate the thousands of jobs, courses, providers and opportunities available. Start will help students to understand where they are on their journey and what’s important as they make their choices at GCSE, post-16 and post-18.

Parents and Start

We encourage parents to use Start with your child at home. Students can be encouraged to rate jobs, qualifications, colleges or universities so that we can see their preferences in order to support them better.
For more information on Start or the support available for your son or daughter, please contact the Careers Team at Chace Community School on
The Start Profile can be accessed here:

Employers, Higher & Further Education Institutes and Volunteers

We welcome a wide range of employers, representatives from Higher & Further Education Institutes and Volunteers to Chace and our students greatly benefit from these encounters, both in school and on trips and visits.

We are running a Big Bang STEM Careers Fair on Wednesday, 13 July, 2022 for students in Year 9, 10 and 12. If you would like to volunteer to attend our careers fair and discuss your career or business with our students, please complete the following form.

The careers fair will run throughout the school day to Year 9, 10 and 12. We would like as wide a range of careers and professions represented as possible within the sectors of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths.

There will be:

  • A careers fair with information stalls.
  • Short workshops 30-40 minutes in length.


If you are able to support us with either or both of these, we would be very grateful. Alternatively, if you are not free on these dates but are willing to support the careers education at Chace, please let us know and we will accommodate this at another opportunity.

Please get in touch if you are able to support our CEIAG programme in any way: Strategic Careers Lead

Chace Careers Week and Careers Fair 20-24 January 2020

Chace Community School hosted a hugely successful careers week, with a variety of events including a careers fair on Wednesday, 22 January that every student had the chance to attend.

Over 40 organisations were involved in 2 main ways:

- our full day careers fair on Wednesday, 22 January, 2020

- participating in our careers week through assemblies, workshops or lessons from Monday 20 to Friday 25 January, 2020

We also host regular and varied seminars, workshops and webinars for students.

If you are an employer or represent a further or higher education establishment and can support us in any way, please can you email:

Additional Information

Our Careers Education, Information, Advice, Guidance and Work Experience Policy can be found on the policies page and can be accessed using the link below.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work. Information can be accessed using the link below.

Useful websites for Students, Teachers and Parents

The Chace Careers Team

General requests or enquiries can be sent to the Careers Team email:

Specific requests can be sent to one of our Key Stage Careers Lead:

Assistant Head of Sixth Form: Ms Alison Findlay-Goddard -