Careers Service


The school is committed to the education and development of its pupils from their entry at 11 until their departure at 18, and sees careers education and guidance as the responsibility of all teachers.


Our guidance programme reflects the high achievement of pupils and their ambitions.

Careers Leader & advisor Year 7 - 13: Ms S Froggatt

0121 475 3535

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Careers Policy


The policy is as follows:

1) There will be a structured careers education guidance programme operating from Years 7-13, that is geared to the needs of pupils and clearly understood by pupils, parents and teachers. The aims of this programme are to:


  • Assist our young people to make informed decisions about their future

  • Help our pupils become aware of their strengths, weaknesses and personal qualities

  • Increase awareness of the demands of work and how this is organised

  • Foster attitudes of self-reliance, initiative, reliability and confidence in order for pupils to cope with the changes that occur at various stages in their lives

  • Ensure all pupils are aware of the value of qualifications, and the opportunities available to them in work, higher education and training


2) The programme is delivered through discrete CEE timetabled lessons across Year 7 - 11 and within the school’s PSHE/Form period time within the Sixth Form.


As part of this, the school will provide:

  • A CEE programme of lessons within Year 7 - 13.

  • A programme of work experience opportunities.

  • A programme of external careers speakers. Every year a speaker presents to students from the National Apprenticeship Service. Previous speakers include: the Law sector, medical fields, the advertising sector as well as talks from various local MPs.

  • An annual careers fair which includes several Universities, gap year providers, the Armed Forces, accountancy, law firm, STEM, Oxbridge and the National Apprenticeship Service.

  • Opportunities to visit Careers Fairs and open days, and take part activities such as Young Enterprise and the Challenge of Management

  • Opportunities for pupils and their parents, from Years 7-13, to consult teachers and careers advisers about career plans and option choices. All pupils by the time they leave Five Ways will have had the opportunity for a one to one appointment with a qualified careers advisor.

  • Careers resources in the library, sixth form resources centre and careers office, well stocked with relevant publications and software.

  • Opportunities for pupils to meet potential employers and advisers from the professions in which they have aspirations


3) Each year, in October, we review the destination data.  This enables the school to understand our students’ career paths and shape the careers programme and curriculum going forward.

If you would like more information about our destination data please contact: Karen Gouldbourn -

Next Review

We are constantly reviewing and improving our careers education and guidance in line with the Gatsby benchmarks.  The next review of the strategy will be in October 2021.

Click here to download The KEFW Programme mapped against Gatsby Benchmarks.

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Aims & Objectives


Within the scope of an effective CEE (Careers, Enterprise and Employability) programme the school seeks to provide the following entitlements for pupils:


  • A CEE programme of lessons within Year 7 -13.

  • Individual and impartial guidance from well informed teachers who are supported by professionally qualified careers advisers.


  • Opportunity to review and record careers guidance.


  • The provision of career plans, in consultation with professional advisers, appropriate to their interests, and potential at points in time, indicating steps to be taken, and updated at key transition points.


  • Opportunities through work experience, to encounter a range of industries and occupations and understand the changes that are taking place in modern technological society.


  • Access to high quality careers information appropriate to pupils of different ages and abilities.


  • The opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to research, analyse and interpret careers information within a planned programme of careers work, integral to the curriculum, which aims to increase motivation, aspiration, and achievement amongst all members of the school.


  • The provision of information to pupils and parents about the options and opportunities available at key transition times, together with the support and advice needed to enable the former to make decisions with confidence. The basis for the above entitlements are the provision of sufficient resources in school ensuring the delivery of a careers programme within the PSE curriculum, accessible library areas supported by a well-equipped interviewing base, in-service training for those managers and teachers directly involved with careers, named coordinators responsible for the development of key areas of work, and a comprehensive service level agreement with the local careers organisation.

Pathways advice and guidance

There are number of useful websites that may help pupils and their parents/carers when selecting their options: TheNational Careers Service website provides comprehensive details of career requirements and education pathways. A great starting point for pupils who are not sure of their future direction. The ‘Careerconnect’ website has details of career requirements and pathways.  Advice on university application and course requirements.