Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Over the time that you are at Sacred Heart, you, with your parent/ carer support, will be making a number of decisions relating to your future. We know how important and life changing these decisions can be, and this drives us to ensure that everyone receives the best possible careers education.

During your time at Sacred Heart, you will be involved in activities and opportunities to develop your skills and understanding of the world of work. This enables you to make informed choices for your future in line with your strengths and areas of interest.

As a School, we have a statutory duty to provide access, for all young people in years 8 – 11, to impartial, independent information, advice and guidance on careers.

We are very pleased that we have our own dedicated Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Adviser, J Hutchinson, who is available to assist you with any aspect of careers advice you require and to guide you along your individual career path.

Sacred Heart are very proud to be the Lead School for the Tees Valley Careers Hub, working with 70 other schools across Hartlepool, Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland. We we the first School/ Academy in the Tees Valley to meet all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks (The Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best Careers Provision in schools and colleges). For more information about the Gatsby Benchmarks Below.

Provider access statement

The Provider access statement sets out the School’s arrangements for managing the access of Providers to students at the School, for the purpose of giving them information about the Provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the School’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

1. Students in Year 8-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • To hear from a range of local Providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

2. A Provider wishing to request access should contact the NPCAT Trust Secondary School Careers Lead (Ms Lisa Lindo) via the following email address: [email protected]

3. The school will ensure an appropriate venue is provided for face to face engagement/ remote access and support is provided for virtual engagement. The Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Careers (Mr Davenport) will facilitate this.

4. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature for the Careers Adviser. The Careers Library is available for students at break, lunchtime and after school.

Our Careers Entitlement booklet (Found Below), aims to outline the opportunities that students will experience throughout their 5 years at Sacred Heart. Our entitlement is constantly evolving to reflect the changing world of work. We aim to enable our young people to embrace opportunities for their future and to prepare them to take their place in the workforce as valued and productive members of the community.

Evaluation of the Careers Programme:

We evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our Careers programme by measuring our success against:

  • The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. We currently achieve 100% in all 8 Benchmarks;
  • Our NEET figures (Not in Employment, Education or Training) 99.3% of our students progressed into successful Post 16 programmes/ employment in 2020-21.
  • Student Voice following each Careers Activity undertaken.
  • Careers Quality Standard (Investors in Careers Award)
  • This will be reviewed in September 2021

Meet your Careers Team

Mr Davenport – Assistant Headteacher

J Hutchinson – CEIAG Adviser

Tel: 01642 487100
Email: [email protected]
Available: In school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
8:00am – 2.30pm

Mr M Campbell – Local Governing Body Careers representative

PSHCCE Careers Team
Mrs Norminton
Mrs Luke
Miss Swales
Miss Brown
Mrs Marley
Mr Rathbone
Mr Denis

Through the Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Careers and Finance and Economic Awareness (PSHCCE) curriculum programme your son/daughter will be provided with lots of opportunities to explore career options available to them in the future. The dedicated Careers Team are available to deliver quality careers guidance and support every step of the way. In addition to PSHCCE lessons your son/daughter will be invited to participate in a range of events with colleges and training providers, and also local employers, organisations and universities.
The School’s Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy is available to download below.