Careers Guidance

At Chace we are committed to providing excellent impartial careers education and guidance to all students which takes into account the statutory duty to ‘secure access to independent careers advice’ and to present careers guidance in an impartial manner’.

The Government’s careers strategy published on 4 December 2017, sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aim of the strategy to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

To achieve this aim, from January 2017, our careers strategy has adopted the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks framework to develop and improve our careers provision.

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.

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.

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:

Chace Careers Week and Careers Fair 20-24 January 2020

Chace Community School is hosting a careers week, with a variety of events including a careers fair on Wednesday, 22 January that every student will have the chance to attend.

We are hoping to represent as many careers as possible and need your help!

There are 3 main ways to be involved:

- 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

- visiting the school at another point of the school year

If you can support us, please can you complete the following form to register your interest:

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.

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 Leads:

Key Stage 3 Careers Lead: Ms Elthena Taylor:

Key Stage 4 Careers Lead: Ms Katie Wood:

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