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At St Francis Xavier School we provide students with comprehensive careers information, advice and guidance to enable them to become effective decision-makers and to plan for their future careers.

We seek to raise their aspirations and awareness of all the options and opportunities available to them. This is under the Leadership of Mr Jackson who is the Careers Lead supported by Mrs Pratt (Pastoral Leader).


Contact details of school's Careers Leader

Employers, post-16 providers and training providers are encouraged to get in touch with the Careers Leader in order to be able to provide careers support and education for our pupils. 


 Hear Mr Jackson explain the careers programme at SFX.


Key information

All students have an entitlement to careers support from Year 7 through to Year 11 and they can have a careers appointment, where they will receive impartial and realistic information, advice and guidance. Students will all follow career education programmes at key transition points through the form tutor programme, assemblies, enrichment days and the PSHE programme.


How we evaluate the careers programme

The school evaluates its careers programme through pupil and parent voice as well as through evaluating the quality of education within the PSHE and Careers programme. The school assesses itself regularly against the Gatsby Benchmarks which allows us to evaluate the impact of our careers programme on pupils. 


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Careers education 

Our belief at St Francis Xavier's is that all pupils are entitled to Careers Education and Guidance which:-

  • is independent and impartial
  • is easily accessible
  • is structured and forms an integral part of pupils’ overall education
  • recognises the contribution of others, particularly parents, to this process
  • respects the confidentiality of personal information   

All students are made aware of their entitlement through tutor-led activities in form time, assemblies, parent information events and the school website.

Careers Education is an integral part of the PSCHE programme for years 7 - 11. Subject teachers are also encouraged to talk with pupils about their career aspirations and can refer pupils to careers staff to gather further information. 

Year Group

Minimum Entitlement


CEIAG through PSHE and form time programme


CEIAG through PSHE and form time programme


CEIAG through PSHE and form time programme

Options information, including information evening


CEIAG through PSHE and form time programme

Visits to FE providers via ‘Enrichment Programme’


CEIAG through PSHE and form time programme

One to One CGI – provided by Independent Adviser

Post-16 Information Evening, attended by local FE providers, employers and apprenticeship specialists.


In addition, regular events are organised for students throughout the school year, including STEM-related projects with local employers Cummins Inc, Enterprise projects, Mock Interview Day, subject-related in school talks led by employers and colleges/universities and visits to various careers and skills events and local colleges and universities.

All the above aim to provide students with information about the breadth of careers and study options available. For more information please see our Careers Programme.

During Year 9 students will be choosing their GCSE subjects.  We will assist in the decision-making process and students will spend time exploring their options both in Key Stage 4 and beyond.  They will be encouraged to research career ideas and widen their knowledge of the world of work. They will also receive advice and guidance on how to choose GCSE options.  All students will have the opportunity to explore their skills, qualities and the decision making process during our comprehensive PSHCE programme.

Staff from local colleges and training providers attend parents’ evenings offering parents and pupils the opportunity to discuss progression routes. Year 10 students will participate in “Enrichment Activities” during the summer term, these are based upon the importance of lifelong learning and gaining an understanding of what an employer looks for when recruiting, some students will receive individual careers guidance interviews. In year 10, pupils get the opportunity to meet with local colleges as part of the Enrichment programme

Year 11 is the last year of school for students and they have to decide what they want to do next. Our Careers support can help by providing information, advice and guidance on all the Post 16 Options. All students receive individual careers guidance interviews in Year 11 as they decide on their Post 16 Options. Students are offered the opportunity of one to one guidance with an independent qualified careers practitioner. In year 11, representatives from colleges and training providers deliver presentations to pupils.

Staff, students and parents/carers will be involved in the development of the CEIAG (Careers Education, Information and Guidance) and we will also look to business partners and other stakeholders for support in our commitment to deliver quality CEIAG.


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