School SLT: Lead Karen Kelso
Tel: 01946 692275 Ext 2043) 

Link Governor: Neil Robinson 

Enterprise Advisor: Gary Martin 

Inspira link: Mel Carr 

Inspira advisor: Abigail Finlay 

Progress towards the Gatsby Benchmarks:

Easter 2022100%100%90%100%100%100%95%75%
Summer 2022100%100%90%100%100%100%87%75%
December 2022100%100%81%100%100%100%95%75%
Easter 2023100%100%81%100%100%100%95%87%
% of Schools Nationally meeting this benchmark43%66%38%45%56%36%33%65%

What are Gatsby Benchmarks? Click here 

Summary of the Careers Activities  









Employer Assemblies 

Choices Assembly 





Aspirations Assembly 

Team Building 

Activities-Employer led 





Apprenticeships workshop 




CV writing 




Writing Applications 





Aptitude test workshop 






Mock interviews with employers 





Interview Preparation 





World of Work Days 







Buddy programme 







Employer Mentoring 







Careers interviews 






Work Experience 






Dream Placement 







University Workshops 





Finance workshops 

Healthcare and Blue Light Event 






School Skills work place Skills  






University Visits 





UCAS Futures Fair 







STEM club with ambassadors 






Bright Stars  







Science Museum Roadshow 





Marine Engineering Workshop 







6th Form Information Evening 







CEIAG Evening 







Options Evening 







Hello Futures Workshops 




6th former for a day 







In house work experience 







Progress Evenings 

Motivational Speakers 



Careers PSHE  

Subject related careers  



½ termly meetings with the Enterprise Advisor and Co-Ordinator 

Termly review and update of the Careers plan 

Engagement with area CEIAG network on a termly basis 

Regular updated to the school leadership team. 

Middle leader briefings and updates 

Subject leader curriculum annual audits 

Heads of Year CEIAG annual audits 

Gaps identified in and links to performance in GB audited termly 

Measuring & Assessing the Impact of the Careers Programme

It is hard to evaluate the success of any careers programme however we use 3 methods: 

Published data: The Department for Education publishes a range of data on pupil destinations at 16 and 18 and we compare our school with others in west Cumbria and all schools in England. 

Compass Tool: We are using the Compass Analysis tool to measure the progress of our careers education against the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

Evaluating activities: We try to evaluate the success of each activity by asking our students for feedback on the impact of the activity. In some cases we try and see what the longer term, rather than just the immediate, impact is. 

Summary of the Careers Programme

Careers Education is an integral part of our curriculum and tutor periods. St Benedict’s has the support of Inspira for independent careers advice and provides careers education and opportunities for all students. We try to expose the students to a wide range of career/study pathways in as many ways as possible from school delivered sessions, external providers and external visits and nationally recognised programmes. By developing a cohesive programme of CEIAG from primary onwards we can form young people with employability skills, academic qualifications and the confidence to make informed choices about their future. 

Employer Assemblies 

Aspirations Assembly 

Finance Workshops 

BAE Roadshow 

Team Building Activities – Employer Led 

Key Stage 3 Information Evening 


Progress Evenings 

Careers Work Books 

Subject Related Careers 

Employer Assemblies 

Aspirations Assembly 

Finance Workshops 

STEM Club with Ambassadors 

Science Museum Roadshow 

Marine Engineering Workshop 

Animal Me Workshop 

Why Care? 


Progress Evenings 

Subject Related Careers Activities 

Choices Assembly 

World of Work Day 

Employer Mentoring 

Finance Workshops 

University Visits 

Hello Futures Workshops 

Sixth Former for a Day 

Progress Evenings 

Careers PSHE sessions in all Years in both tutor Time and Drop Down Days. 

Subject Related Careers information 

Team Building Activities – Employer Led 

Apprenticeships Workshop 

CV Writing 

Aptitude Test Workshops 

Mock Interviews with Employers 

Interview Preparation 

Careers interviews 

Work Experience 

School Skills Workplace Skills  

Progress Evenings 

Motivational Speakers 

What our students aspire to be











Business Administrator 


Charity work campaigner 


Clothes designer 


Computer Science related careers, maths and engineering 
















Financial Engineer 


Football, sports, physiotherapy, anything to do with sport 


Forensic Computing Engineer 






Health care Professional 


History Lecturer 


Information Technology 






Makeup Artist 


Maths teacher 




Mechanical engineer 


Motor Vehicle Engineer 




Nursery Assistant 




Performing Arts School Teacher 






Primary School Teacher 






RAF Pilot / Engiineer 


Rugby Player 




Scientific Biologist 


Sellafield, police officer 


Social Worker 


Solicitor/ Barrister 


Sport /fitness professional 


Street artist 




Teacher in the armed forces 




You can find out more about these careers on Unifrog

and through the National Careers Service at 


We use this list to help decide on the careers we include in out PSHE programme.  

Useful Links & Documents

Link to find out more about the UCAS application process: Click here

To find out  more about the Gatsby Bench Marks and good careers guidance:  Good Career Guidance | Education | Gatsby 


See the documents below for some useful tips on preparing for interviews, both online & in person.  

Preparing for an online interview 

Preparing to answer questions in an interview 


Use the CV builder on UNIFROG and get advice on how to ace your CV in the know how library  

IcouldCareers Ideas and Information for your future – Click here

Student Ladder – Click here

All about School Leavers – Click here

Finding an Apprenticeship – Click here

You can also log into UNIFROG and filter careers by the subjects you enjoy. Don’t forget to save your favourites.  Unifrog provides a one-stop-shop where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school. 

For more information visit their website: 

Not going to Uni website – Not Going To Uni: Apprenticeships & Work Experience in the UK

National Careers Service – Careers advice – job profiles, information and resources | National Careers Service

Hello Futures – Hello Future – Supporting young people across Cumbria to progress to higher education 

Online Platform for School Leavers – Step Up Cumbria | Cumbria’s Family Information Directory 

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Studying Medicine PDF – Medicine-Work-Experience-Flyer.pdf ( 

CareerMag – 

Health Careers – 

Future Learn – University and Your Future: Career Planning and Making the Most of Your Degree Course – 

Careerometer (LMI for All)