At Castle Newnham we have a careers programme that meets the eight Gatsby benchmarks of good careers guidance. We aim to develop our pupils’ employability skills, share information about local, national and international labour market information, guide pupils to explore and develop career ideas and high aspirations, and educate our young people on their choices of post 16 pathways and beyond. In addition to this we follow up and where necessary offer further support to students after they leave us.
We have a small careers team, dedicated to help guide our pupils through their career and future options. We aim to keep our pupils up to date with careers activities and opportunities and each week we give out current careers information via the Secondary Post.
Parents/carers and pupils can request a careers appointment by emailing: [email protected]
Careers Leader – Sean Carter – [email protected]
Careers Administrator – Mrs Barton – [email protected]
Careers advice is provided by our external partner 4YP UK Ltd. Mr Stephen Roach is an experienced fully qualified level 6 careers practitioner who is contracted to come into school to provide all our pupils with a 45 minute careers interview via an appointment system devised by the careers lead. To request a careers appointment, pupils and parents/carers can email: [email protected].
STEM coordinator – Glen Mulkerrins – [email protected]
CEIAG provision in school is also monitored by: CEIAG Link Governor – Helen Smith
At Castle Newnham we provide a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for pupils in partnership with Bedford Borough Council, training and HE providers, businesses, parents, alumni and other external agencies. We use Unifrog as our online careers platform and pupils are introduced to this as soon as they join us in Year 7. Our planned programme is embedded into Personal Development lessons (Tuesday 10 – 11am) and supplemented with face to face talks and events.
The programme of CEIAG which is outlined below:
Key Stage 3
|· Introduction to Unifrog|
|· Unifrog – personality, interest and|
|· Unifrog – Subject Library Treasure Hunt|
|· What are employability skills?|
|· Interests profile|
|· Recording skills|
|· What is your dream job?|
|· What does success mean to you?|
|· Unifrog – Career terminology|
|· Unifrog – Careers library treasure hunt|
|· Unifrog – Activities and competencies bingo|
|· Unifrog – Subject Library Treasure Hunt 3|
|· Unifrog – GCSE Choices|
|· Your Skills, your team, your future|
|· What makes a great leader?|
|· Identifying Interests|
Key Stage 4
|· Unifrog – Careers Library Hunt 4|
|· Y10 visit to the University of Bedfordshire|
|· Personality profile|
|· CVs and Covering letters|
|· Unifrog Escape Room|
|· Team work: What makes a great team player?|
|· One to one Interviews|
|· The Great Debate: Universities|
|· Finding the right financial product|
|· Ethical Finances|
|· Mock interview day – JC+|
|· Y10 Next Steps Day – Bedford College/ Bedford 6th form. Local labour market information|
|· Y10 Apprenticeship assembly|
|· One to one careers guidance interviews|
|· One to one careers guidance interviews|
|· Unifrog – Post 16 Choices|
|· Y11 Post 16 assemblies: Kimberley College, Mark Rutherford, Wixams 6th form, local labour market information|
|· Y11 Apprenticeship assembly|
|· Unifrog – BTECs – Myth Busting|
|· Unifrog – A Level & T Level Choices|
|· Intro to Apprenticeships|
|· Revision (good vs bad) – Unifrog|
We evaluate our careers programme using the ‘Compass’ evaluation tool which is based on the Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks. This enables us to compare our school to each of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, and allows us to identify areas for improvement and helps us to plan our careers’ strategy for the year ahead.
Our Careers Education, Advice and Guidance Policy can be found on Our Policies page by clicking here, which provides further information including our provider access statement.
We are always here to support you throughout your child’s school journey and with decisions for post 16 pathways . There are many websites out there with advice, guidance and information on careers, apprenticeships and further education. Please click here to see a video of former pupils discussing their time at Castle Newnham and their next steps.
Careers Advice for Parents
A website of advice for parents about career options for their children
EY Building a Better Working World
Castle Newnham Careers Newsletter
Useful Careers Links
Success at school
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
National Careers Service
They provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work
To explore options post 16, please click here: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-your-education-and-training-choices
All About Careers
Career exploration, jobs and advice – all in one place
Real stories to inspire your career
Looking for the perfect career?
WOW World Of Work Videos (YouTube)
Opportunities Padlet (opportunities specifically in the South East Midlands)
Please click the link to check out careers and opportunities specifically in the South East Midlands Careers Hub. You can find apprenticeships, open days, events, work experience, volunteering, careers advice, and next steps guidance. This is regularly updated, so please come back and check it out!
Labour Market Information
For specific labour market information relating to Bedford, please click here.
Plan your study and work
Labour Market Information for All
LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.
Looking for a job?
Current available jobs
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Click here to be transferred to a website called Amazing Apprenticeships. If you click on the ‘parents pack’ tab you will be able to download lots of really useful resources about apprenticeships; including entry requirements, pay and where to go to find an apprenticeship.
As an apprentice you’ll:
work alongside experienced staff
gain job-specific skills
get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level. To find an apprenticeship, click here.
Everything you need to know about apprenticeships
Sector Specific Websites
Careers in Motor repair
What is Civil Engineering?
Careers in STEM
Careers in Sport
Careers in Passenger Transport and Travel
Job applications (CVs, applications and interviews)
CVs, applications and interviews