Careers Education Advice and 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’ published in January 2018, 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 student
  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

In addition to the core programme below additional support is provided, where necessary, for pupils with additional learning needs and those who are elegible for pupil premium.

Autumn Spring Summer
Y7 Tutor time: Introduction to careers & Start. Exploring interests and strengths. (GB 3, 8)

Young Chef Competition (GB 4)

National Careers Week – Public sector careers speed networking (GB 5)

Science week activities (GB 5)

Introduction to HE – Kingston University discovery day (GB 7)

Tutor time: exploring industries (GB 5)
Going Beyond – Thames Young Mariners building teamwork, resilience and problem solving skills (GB 4)

Use of Start (GB 2)

Y8 Sandhurst STEM careers fair for girls (GB 2, 3, 4, 5)

Tutor time: introduction to apprentices and higher education. (GB 2)

Young Chef Competition (GB 4)

PSHE day – Plenty of Jobs (GB 5, 7) Tutor time: Employability skills (GB 2)

Activities week – Blue Plaque challenge (GB 4)

Going Beyond: Life skills, First Aid, Debating, Creativity project, School publication, STEM expansion (GB 4)

Use of Start (GB 2)

Y9 Tutor time: Choosing GCSE options (GB 8)

Young Chef Competition (GB 4)

KS4 guided choices evening (GB2, 8)

Science week activities (GB 5)

National Careers Week – Creative industry speed networking (GB 5)

GCSE options trips (GB 4)

Tutor time: A day in the life of an apprentice (GB 2)

Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze (GB 4, 5, 6)

Use of Start (GB 2)

Y10 Oxford university trip (GB 3, 7)

Group guidance meetings with careers adviser (GB 8)

Assembly on apprenticeships (GB 2)

Science week activities (GB 5)

National Careers Week – Insight into careers in healthcare assembly/workshop (GB 5)

6th form/college taster day (GB 3)

Work experience (GB 6)

Going Beyond: Enterprise & entrepreneurship, Money Matters, personal statement/CV writing (GB2)

Duke of Edinburgh Award – Silver (GB 4, 5, 6)

Use of Start (GB 2)

Y11 Tutor time: support with post-16 applications (GB 2, 8)

Mock interviews (GB 5)

Insight into university day (GB 7)

National Apprenticeship Show (GB 2, 5)
Use of Start (GB 2)
Y12 Introduction to post-18 info afternoon/evening (HE UK and overseas, work-based options) (GB 2)

Oxbridge/medicine/performing arts programmes begin (GB 3)

Introduction to Unifrog.

Tutor time: self-evaluation of personal competencies, exploring post-18 destinations, researching primary pathway (GB 2)

Guidance meetings with careers adviser (GB 8)

University taster days/visits (GB 7)

Apprenticeship morning (GB 5)

Tutor time: researching secondary pathway (GB 2)

Personal statement workshop (GB 5, 2)

University taster days/visits (GB 7)

Undertake at least one week of work experience (GB 6)

Tutor time: review shortlist choices for university/work-based routes, personal statement and CV drafting (GB 2)

Duke of Edinburgh – Gold (GB 4, 5, 6)

Use of Unifrog (GB 2)

Insight into industry talks/workshops (GB 2 & 5)

Y13 UCAS application support (GB 2)

Mock interviews (GB 2)

Financial support & guidance (GB 2)

Guidance meetings with careers adviser (GB 8)

Work-based routes application support from ASK or apprenticeship providers (GB 2)

National Apprenticeship Show (GB 2 & 5)

Insight into industry talks/workshops (GB 2 & 5)

Use of Unifrog (GB 2)

Insight into industry talks/workshops (GB 2 & 5)

Provider Access

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.


For any enquiries or further information regarding our careers programme please contact either Ms Jeanette Gilbert, Careers Lead KS3 & 4 or Ms Margot Johnston, Assistant Head Teacher: by email 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.