Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance


CEIAG at Highfields School

At Highfields School, we are fully committed to doing all we can to ensure that all of our students are fully aware of the possibilities open to them in every sector of employment, and the huge variety of careers on offer to them. As well as providing students with the academic foundations to succeed, we pride ourselves on the wide range of opportunities we provide, from Year 7 through to Year 13, for students to explore future pathways and receive quality advice and guidance so that they are able to make the right choices, whether that be Further Education, Higher Education, an apprenticeship or employment.

CEIAG at Highfields is tailored to meet the needs of all. Students have the opportunity to visit universities to gain experience of life in Higher Education, whilst our links with business, including apprenticeship providers, local industries and the uniformed services, as well as our annual trip to the national Skills Show, provide opportunities for students to explore the world of employment. Highfields School regularly welcomes a number of special guest speakers and businesspeople to inspire students with their own success stories and raise aspirations. Former Highfields student and soul superstar, Beverley Knight, writer, Sathnam Sanghera, and Poundland founder, Steve Smith, are among those who have visited the school to inspire students. Work Experience takes place in Year 11 and Sixth Form, and we are constantly looking to develop further links with local business.

Trips and activities are organised by individual departments to give our students a better insight into particular careers. These include:

  • STEM Club - encourages students to get involved in Science, Technology and Maths extra-curricular activities

  • The H Magazine - skills in journalism and media

  • Citizenship - visits to meet MPs at Houses of Parliament

  • Performing Arts - trips to the theatre and visits from musicians to inspire students

  • Catering and Hospitality - creating lunch for local veterans in partnership with staff from The Mount Hotel

The whole school focuses on CEIAG every January, with special events scheduled across the academic year, including the annual Highfields School Careers Fair. This year will be the biggest Careers Fair to date and this is an exciting opportunity for all students to meet and talk with local businesses, apprenticeship providers, and representatives from Further and Higher Education institutions.

Helping Students Make The Right Choices

Throughout the year we organise special CEIAG events specific to year groups to focus students on subject options, work experience, CV and interview skills and to support them in making informed decisions. These events include:

CEIAG Evaluation and Review

Progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated using the online tool Compass Plus. This is carried out on an termly basis by the Careers Leader supported by our Careers Enterprise Co-Ordinator. The CEIAG development plan is based upon the outcomes of the Compass evaluation.

All CEIAG events are evaluated by students and staff.  Feedback is collected though questionnaires, student voice and interviews after each event.  Results also feed into the CEIAG development plan.

The effectiveness of careers guidance is reflected in students destinations such as apprenticeships, sixth form and further education colleges, universities or employment. Destination data is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision.

A link governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance. The Careers Leader reports to the link governor and the Governing body on a termly basis.

The CEIAG policy is reviewed annually by the Careers Leader, and ratified by Governors.


The dedicated CEIAG careers team provide CEIAG, including individual independent and expert careers advice. The team:

Assistant Headteacher Guidance Guidance
Head of Middle School Manager Manager
Careers Leader
Mr P Rose Mrs C MacDonald Miss A Treasure

Admin Officer Careers & Guidance
Mrs N Bevan Miss M McAnuff

Careers Enterprise Company School Advisor/Jessup Construction
Karen Campbell


If parents or students require any particular careers information, advice or guidance please email us -

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Highfields has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard in recognition of its outstanding work to prepare students for life after school.The Standard is awarded under licence by Prospects to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.