Careers Provision and Access Provider Policy

Beths Grammar School Careers Provision and Access Provider policy

Effective careers guidance enables social mobility, contributes to raising aspirations and motivation and empowers students to achieve their careers goals.

At Beths Grammar School our programme of Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) aims to inspire and motivate all students by providing them with an understanding of the range of future careers opportunities open to them, and an appreciation of where different education and training pathways can take them. 

Our aim is to deliver a structured and progressive programme which is impartial, inclusive and accessible to all, and appropriate to each stage of a student’s development. Through the provision of individual support and guidance and access to a wide range of resources and materials, students are both encouraged and empowered to make fully informed decisions, particularly at key transition points, in order to plan and manage their own futures.

In addition to Prospects, who provide independent, individually tailored careers guidance and support to identified students, we also work closely with employers and business through dedicated activities and events, and our Work Experience programme. Our aim is that all students should develop the ability to:

  • Identify and appraise their own individual qualities and skills
  • Identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Explore educational choices, careers options and lifelong learning opportunities
  • Understand how their interests and achievements can inform their careers choices and help them to make decisions about their future
  • Build a strong knowledge of the world of work
  • Develop career management, employability and enterprise skills
  • Develop skills for the modern workplace and by taking part in work-related activities in and out of the classroom
  • Aspire to their highest possible (and achievable) career goals

Careers support starts in the classroom, and all subject teachers play an active role in careers awareness, both via integration within their lessons and by advising on career opportunities within their own subjects. All students have the opportunity to undertake work experience in Year 11, and to attend special events and enrichment activities. These include talks by employers and returning alumni, career-themes assemblies, and educational visits.

To ensure up to date, high quality provision that adheres to government guidelines and best practice, our CEIAG programme takes into account the Department for Education statutory advice and guidance, and the eight Gatsby Charitable Foundation benchmarks:

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers (

Good Career Guidance | Education | Gatsby]

As a School we can measure the success of our CEIAG programme and the effectiveness of our teaching by the attainment of our students and their post-educational destinations when they leave Beths Grammar school. We keep detailed records of our student’s destination information and, as part of our statutory duty, pass this data on to the Local Authority.  Each year between 85% and 90% of our Year 13 students go on to Higher Education at universities locally, nationally and abroad. Of the remaining 10-15% of our Year 13 leavers; most are either accepted onto apprenticeship schemes or into employment. A small proportion will continue to further education.

Provision overview

Prospects provide independent careers advice to identified students, typically (but not exclusively) year 11’s who may need support deciding which A Level courses to study. We also prioritise those considered to be vulnerable or at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training); those students with special educational needs or disabilities; and members of the Sixth Form who may need extra help with alternative options to university applications.

The provision for enterprise education involves suspended timetable days and form tutor periods. Activities are also embedded within our Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economics education (PSHCE) across the Year groups, within lessons, and through involvement with co-curricular clubs.

There is a selection of careers information and reference books in the Careers Office, plus information on post 14, 16 and 18 options.

Careers Education is routinely delivered via subject teaching and via the PHSCE programme as appropriate for each year group.

Talks and industry insights are given from visiting professionals, industry representatives, Alumni, local and national organisations and employers, across the academic year.

Throughout the year we run off timetable days with bespoke activities, often dedicated to promoting careers awareness within a particular area.

Exposure to a range of Higher Education establishments, local and national organisations and workplaces through individual departmental trips/visits.

A range of character and personal development opportunities arise throughout the key stages, including charity and volunteering initiatives such as the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme (at Bronze, Silver and Gold level).

A wide range of leadership training and practical opportunities to develop leadership skills, such as student leadership positions (Prefect/Senior Prefect positions, House Captain) and Sports Leadership Awards.

Support for each new intake of Year 7 students, to help with the transition from primary to secondary education.

GCSE options Information Evening for students and their parents/carers - Targeted support with GCSE choices and other post-14 options to help ensure informed decisions and a smooth transition.

Targeted support with A Level choices and other post 16 options to help ensure informed decisions and a smooth transition - all Y11 students receive a one-to-one guidance interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team or Head of Year.

Our post 16 options information includes advice and guidance on Sixth Form and college applications, apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes, training and the world of work.

Targeted support, advice and guidance on all post-A level options help ensure informed decisions and a smooth transition. Beths students are supported through the UCAS application process, but encouraged to consider Apprenticeships, School Leaver programmes, gap years, training and work. All year 12 students attend our Higher Education and Careers day in July.

A targeted programme of support for those applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those applying to medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.

Opportunities to develop mentoring skills through participation in schemes such as our wellbeing ambassador programme, and through academic and pastoral mentoring of lower school students.

An opportunity to join the Beths Alumni through the external alumni charity Future First. All Year 13 students are entitled to free membership.

Enterprise activities which help students to build on their enterprise skills.


Alumni and Community contacts

We are proud of the strong links we have with our alumni, and of their willingness to return to school to share their career journeys in order to inspire the students of today. We are also proud of the excellent connections we have established with local and national employers, many of whom support our Higher Education and Careers day in July every year.

We are keen that current students continue to benefit as much as possible from contacts within our wider community and as such, we are always looking for ways to develop this side of our programme further still. We would therefore welcome any contact from alumni, parents or employers about ways they can support our students.

In addition to the above, our students benefit from ad hoc talks and one off careers provision as they present throughout the academic year.


Provider Access Policy

Should you wish to contact the school about any aspect of the careers programme, please e-mail the Careers Lead Ms Blyghton on



Careers Access provision - by Year group

Year 7

Enterprise activity: Innovation Challenge - 'Suits You Sir’


My Bnk Money Matters – Money Twist

Year 8

PHSCE Psychometric Test – Kudos


iCould – Buzz Quiz




Enterprise activity: My Bnk Money Matters – Money Twist


University Inspiration Experience


Enterprise activity: ‘Rollercoaster Theme Park Challenge’


UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

Year 9

PHSCE Psychometric Test – Kudos


GCSE Options Evening


MyBnk – Money Matters


Careers information, options and guidance (PHSCE)


World of Work: Stock Market Challenge


Careers/university resources


Year 9 to 10 transition information & guidance

Year 10

PHSCE – Self Awareness


VESPA - study skills


Innovative Enterprise


Year 10 to 11 transition advice & guidance


Bank of England visit


UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge


WEX prep: CV building and applications


WEX Prep: Employability skills

Year 11

CEIAG Questionnaire


Decision Making – one-to-one interviews


CEIAG/Prospects Career Interviews (targeted)


Year 11 to 12 transition advice 7 guidance


Employability/Skills Day


Introduction to Indigo


Science Live (Dept lead)


University visits


Russell Group Universities Information Evening


Work Experience (two weeks)

Year 12

CEIAG Questionnaire


University & careers focused assemblies


CEIAG/Prospects Career Interviews (targeted)


Personal statement writing – Optimising Futures


UCAS preparation and planning


Access to Indigo


Higher Education & Careers Day (CEIAG focus)


Higher Education & Careers Evening (fair)


London UCAS convention – ExCel Centre


Skills London – ExCel Centre


Access to - Employability Day


Internships (Work Experience week)


University visits and open days


Taster programmes (Higher Education)


Reading Scholars Programme


Top Universities Information Evening


Bank of England visit (Dept lead)


Bar Mock trials and Law society visit (Dept lead)


Maths Fest (Dept lead)


‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ performance – Greenwich Theatre

Year 13

CIAG Questionnaire


CEIAG/Prospects Career Interviews (targeted)


University & careers focused assemblies


Bar Mock trials and Law society visit (Dept lead)


Science Live (Dept lead)


UKMT Senior Maths Challenge


UCAS ‘Next Steps’ Evening


To be reviewed: Spring 2022