At St. Crispin’s, we recognise that being “work ready” is just as important as the qualifications you hold.  Students will be given opportunities to develop and hone their employability skills through a range of events and activities; some internally delivered but others which involve our local advisors/trustees as well as local employers.

Our careers provision at St. Crispin’s is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks as recommended in the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the Statutory Guidance for Careers (January 2018).

School is the place where all students, whatever their family background, can get unbiased information, advice and guidance on the whole range of career pathways.”

Sir John Holman 2018
Gatsby Foundation

To download the St. Crispin’s Student Career Pack – please click here

In line with these Benchmarks, St. Crispin’s supports students as follows:

  • Assemblies led by local employers, former students and career experts
  • Two Year 10 Careers Days
  • Attendance at local Careers Fayre
  • Year 10 Aspirations Day
  • Year 10 Living in the wider world
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 12/ 13 Work Experience offered
  • Year 9 Options Evening
  • Year 7-11 Tutor Programme
  • A Dedicated Careers Library
  • Career insight talks – All Year 10 students will receive at least one face to face session with a qualified ADVIZA Careers Advisor
  • Support with employability skills
  • Mock interviews
  • Impartial information on Post 16 and Post 18 career options.

All students in Year 10 will write a CV which local employees will read and feedback on.  Our advice to students to make your personal statement/ CV stand out is to ensure that they have studied around their subjects.  They are directed to the free online course at FutureLearn where they can access from hundreds of free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

There is a huge range of careers advice and information available and it can be difficult to distinguish between what is most useful or not.  The following links to the right are recommended as a starting point for further reading.

Sixth Form students are guided closely for university application or vocational opportunities.

Our careers programme is regularly reviewed to ensure that students are given the right guidance and support in an ever changing society as well as changes in statutory guidance.  This programme is currently under review. (November 2019)

The careers programme, are evaluated both by the Deputy Headteacher and Careers Lead, using teacher and student feedback.

The ADVIZA service in school is monitored and measured using questionnaires and at annual review meetings.

The impact of careers events and activities is measured using student and parent/carer feedback. Results are shared and published as appropriate.

The careers programme is assessed using the Compass Careers Benchmark Tool.

For the 2019/20 academic year, the programme is as follows:

St. Crispin’s holds the leaving destinations for all Year 11 and 13 students.  Leaving interviews take place with students in Year 11 (if not continuing to the schools Sixth Form) and Year 13 if not known to be continuing to university.  This allows us to ensure students are not at risk of NEET< evaluate the experience of students in terms of their career education and put intervention in place if and when required.

For the 2019/20 academic year, the Work Related Learning Coordinator is Mrs Naomi Winmill who can be contacted on or on 01189 781144.