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Careers Education Advice & Guidance

Our Aims

At The Kingston Academy, we recognise the importance of providing our pupils with high-quality careers information and guidance in order to raise their aspirations and help them to make informed decisions about their future education or training. Our commitment as a school to the principles of providing an inclusive education and developing the whole child are at the heart of the vision we have for careers education. As a result, we are very conscious of both ensuring that the needs and interests of all pupils are catered for, as well as highlighting current local and national labour market opportunities.

In line with the Department for Education’s ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’ , we are using the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve our careers provision.

These benchmarks are: 

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

The engagement and support of our local community is invaluable in helping us to build a rich network of contacts with local businesses and education providers to broaden pupils’ horizons. If you would like to be added to our database of contacts to hear about events you might be able to contribute to such as speed networking, mock interviews, workshops, work experience, please complete this form.


We use the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass tool to evaluate how our careers programme performs against the Gatsby Benchmarks. In addition, pupils, parents, staff and external partners are regularly asked for feedback on careers activities and events via questionnaires, surveys and our Pupil Voice forum. This feedback is then used to inform future planning and develop the programme.

Careers Programme Overview

Our careers programme overview is linked here. Please contact our careers lead with any enquiries (details below).

Provider Access and Careers Guidance Policy

Our Policy Statement on Provider Access can be found here. This document sets out our arrangements for managing the access of providers to TKA pupils for the purposes of giving them information about their education or training offer.

Our Careers Guidance and other related policies can be found on the main policy page of this website here.


For any enquiries or further information regarding our careers programme please contact Ms Jeanette Gilbert, Careers Lead KS3 & 4 by email CEAIG@thekingstonacademy.org or by telephone via the main school number 0208 465 6200.

Kingston Educational Trust has appointed a lead trust associate to take a particular strategic interest in careers education and guidance and the development of partnerships: Ms Elizabeth Matharu.

Futures Programme

The Kingston Academy has been working collaboratively with Kingston Grammar School on a new initiative called FuturesThis partnership aims to provide high-quality, inspirational university and careers education events to students in schools across the Royal Borough of Kingston. 


Futures Oxbridge Resources

Please find a link to some additional resources that we have put together which may be of use to those of you who are interested in applying to Oxbridge. 

Additional Resources