George Abbot School is fully committed to careers education and guidance for all its students in preparing them for a successful future in the 21stCentury.

Careers Education and Guidance is taught within the PSE curriculum for KS3 and KS4, although there is a cross-over into all subjects. As our students progress through the school, opportunities are developed and include Feature Lectures and day events dedicated to Next Steps. We have rich partnerships with many local businesses and organisations to support our programme of Careers Education.

During Years 7 and 8 students investigate various aspects of careers education through their PSE lessons and by accessing dedicated careers websites. In Year 8, students also make their GCSE choices; this is supported by a comprehensive programme delivered through assembly, Tutor lessons, PSE, subject taster and parent information events.

In Year 10, students take part in a mock interview process. They complete an application form and CV and are then interviewed by a local employer. Later in the year some students will take part in a work experience week; the students find a placement that interests them and work there as an employee would. All students are fully supported in their preparation for these two events through their PSE lessons.

All students are entitled to external and impartial careers advice. This could be via a designated website, careers events or an interview with a careers guidance adviser who comes into the school. Here at George Abbot we employ the services of Careers Management Consultants.

As students move into Year 11, they each receive an individual consultation with a member of the Leadership Team to discuss their Next Steps. Well planned information is provided about post 16 provision and external organisations support this phase of information, advice and guidance for our students.

Sixth Form

During their time at our sixth form, George Abbot students receive a wealth of information on higher education and careers opportunities. Throughout Year 12 they have feature lectures which can include amongst other things lectures on: studying abroad, alternatives to higher education, working abroad, gap years, CV writing, UCAS and work experience.

During the summer of Year 12 they will participate in higher education days which include a visit to a university, the UCAS application process and alternatives to full time study.
An important part of Year 12 is their work experience week. All students find their own placement in a career sector that interests them.

Once in Year 13 students continue to research their next step and attend visits and interviews for universities, colleges, apprenticeships or work. At any time sixth form students can request an interview and help from Careers Management Consultants (external, impartial careers advisors), or from George Abbot’s own higher education advisors and careers team.

Students can access a number of careers resources via our Student Hub.

Careers Policies

Careers Education and Guidance is a valued area of the curriculum here at George Abbot and we adhere to both statutory and recommended guidelines as outlined by the Careers guidance and access for education and training providers (January 2018), the Gatsby benchmarks and the CDI’s Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education 7-19 (2015).

  • Career education and guidance policy (2018) – Click HERE
  • Work related learning policy (2018) – Click HERE
  • GEP policy statement on provider access (2018) – Click HERE for the school’s policy page