Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers Education, Advice Information and Guidance at West Park comprises of a range of careers activities and opportunities, building experience and knowledge as pupils progress through the school from year 7 to year 11. The programme is designed to meet the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers education, highlighted in the government Careers Strategy (2017).

Employers and Alumni

West Park welcomes any businesses, employees, further education, higher education providers or ex-pupils who wish to take part in Careers and work-related activities for current pupils. This could be in the form of a talk, participating in organised events and activities or offering work-related experiences for our pupils. We value your experiences and how this could benefit current pupils in supporting decision-making and finding out more about the world of post and educational opportunities. If this is something you would like to get involved in, please contact the Careers Leader (


West Park offers a full Careers programme for pupils in years 7 to 11 including opportunities to meet and engage with employers and colleagues from further and higher education. Details are available on Careers page of the school website with full information on current events and opportunities on the Careers Resources page on Firefly. There will also a half termly newsletter for parents, commencing in July 2021 which aims to update parents on recent events, useful resources and upcoming events. The Careers Leader welcomes any feedback and questions regarding opportunities on offer as part of the Careers programme. If you have anything you would like to ask, feedback on or share, please do contact the Careers Leader (

Gatsby Benchmarks

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil.
  4. Linking the curriculum to careers.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees.
  6. Experiences of workplaces.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education.
  8. Personal guidance.

Activities Include

  • Impartial individual guidance.
  • A progressive careers education programme which builds pupils' knowledge and experiences.
  • Recognising personal skills and qualities and how they are transferable.
  • A range of opportunities to engage with the world of work - including opportunities to meet employers and attend apprenticeship talks and careers fairs.
  • A range of opportunities to engage with further and higher education.
  • Opportunities to learn about and explore labour market information to assist with decision-making.
  • STEM activities to raise the profile of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
  • Enterprise activities.
  • Individual guidance from a Level 7 qualified careers practitioner - support and guidance to make post-14, post-16 and career decisions.

The school uses Unifrog as a method to record and collate careers and work-related experiences from Year 7 as pupils progress through the programme.

For further information on any of our activities please contact:

Daniel Pikett
Careers Leader & Advisor
01332 662337 Ext. 253