Hagley Catholic High School
Principal: Mr J Hodgson

Called as God’s family, we strive to achieve our personal best, by living and learning in Christ.

Careers Education, Guidance and Employability play an important part in the lives of students at Hagley Catholic High School. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to make wise and informed choices regarding their future and develop skills to prepare them for their working life.

CEIAG enables the students to make impartial, informed, balanced and appropriate decisions about many key areas of their future development, progression and career pathways. CEIAG at Hagley is completely impartial which enables CEIAG to be delivered in an objective and balanced manner by all staff, so that each student receives exactly the same opportunities to explore potential pathways. CEIAG is delivered via discrete lessons in Year 10 and via the PHSE and Tutorial Programme in all other years.

The school’s Careers Advisor is Miss Jo Smith. There is a Careers Drop-In area in the Sixth Form Study Centre, which is available to every student. Here students have access to up to date information about their future options via leaflets, books, magazines and university prospectuses in addition to advice from Miss Smith.

Employability skills and work experience is a major focus in Year 10 and 12, in preparation for work experience and in Year 11 and Year 13 have a robust programme in order to ensure that students are very well prepared for their next phase of life.

In addition to this, any advice or guidance given to students is personalised and appropriate. Hagley Catholic High School also believes that working with outside agencies is an invaluable part of the CEIAG curriculum on offer and we work with a significant number of universities and employers to ensure that individual student needs are met.

Students and parents/carers can contact our careers advisor via the link belw. Students can also message her in Teams via @careersadvisor

All students at Hagley Catholic High School will:

  • Develop their understanding of their skills, interests and personality from Year 7 - 13, and make links between these and future pathways
  • Be provided with information about the range of opportunities open to them
  • Have the opportunity to meet with external employers at least once per academic year
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school
  • Understand expectations of employers and learn how to apply for jobs
  • Learn how to make informed decisions about their future
  • Be fully supported and guided through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability skills

We are very proud of our Business Partnership links with employers. These employers are invited to support students in their learning through work placements, talks, interview preparation, careers fairs and work-related learning events.

As we believe in the importance of Whole Education, we have invested in a careers tool, Kudos and Unifrog these platforms are the leading career development service helping to explore, develop and maximise their potential. Kudos and Unifrog will give students all the information they need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training they can do to reach their career destination. 

How we measure and assess the impact of the Careers Programme on pupils

Hagley Catholic High School works closely with the Careers and Enterprise company. This is an external organisation that supports schools to ensure they are following the DFEs newly devised Careers Strategy. The following information is an extract taken from this guidance.

“The careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. This statutory guidance has been restructured around the Benchmarks with information on what schools need to do to meet each one. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties: the existing duties to secure independent careers guidance and provide opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships and the new duty to publish information about the careers programme on the school website.”

As an education establishment we ensure we use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks as a foundation when planning our Careers Strategy. The effectiveness of our provision is inspected and audited by the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Careers Benchmark Tool. This tool is used by schools and colleges in England to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice (known as the Gatsby Benchmarks). The Careers and Enterprise Company coordinate the Audit deadlines. This ensures the development of our career’s strategy is ongoing to ensure best practice.

Below is the list of published deadlines from the Careers and Enterprise Company for the completion of audits until the end of 2022.

Compass audit deadlines for 2020-2021
Friday 22rd October 2021
Friday 11th February 2022
Friday 329h April 2022
Friday 8th July 2022

The date of our next review of the information published.

In line with the recommendations set out in Gatsby Benchmark 1, we as a school plan to review the published information on an annual basis, inviting feedback from key audiences.

Measuring Impact:

Student Voice - Summer Terms
Annual Destination Measures and Report
Work Experience Engagement and student/employer feedback
Parent and Employer Voice

All information within this section of our website is reviewed annually. The next review is July 2023.