Careers Education and Guidance

We use the Gatsby benchmarks to underpin all of our careers learning throughout school and Post-16.

Careers Policy

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Careers Information Programme - St Andrew’s Academy

Our Provider Access Statement and Careers Policy can be found above and parents can discuss careers with their child’s class teacher at any time. The Careers Lead at St Andrew's Academy is Tracy Fisher- she can be contacted via email: or telephone:  01332 833678

Our Careers Curriculum

  • Our Careers Framework shows the Careers Learning Journey for our students-this is how we measure and assess the impact of the Work Related Learning Programme from year 7-14. In Key Stages 3 and 4, students follow the Talentino Careers Education Programme where appropriate-this is adapted to meet their needs and includes some enterprise opportunities.
  • In Key Stage 4 students develop their skills further through volunteering as part of their the Duke of Edinburgh Award, as well as continuing to increase their knowledge of work-related learning.
  • Post-16 students transfer these skills out into the community with personalised work placements and additional volunteering opportunities. The continuing focus is on Preparation for Adulthood and possible employment routes after St Andrew's. In FE students follow a bespoke curriculum called Inspiring Futures, of which  the Skillsbuilder programme is an essential part. Skillsbuilder facilities the teaching of the 8 essential Employability skills. See the link below for more information:

Provider Access Statement

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled: 

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications at an appropriate level for the full range of academic and life skills post 19 options .
  • to create a bespoke personal CV where students can showcase their skills they have acquired through St Andrews Academy. 
  • to experience interviews at an appropriate level to practise communication and self awareness skills

Management of provider access requests. 


A provider wishing to request access should contact Tracy Fisher.

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, offers providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers: please see our overviews that explain our programme of studies across school.

As a trust we have a full detailed Careers Policy which can also be requested.

Working with partners

We work closely with the D2N2 which is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby which help us as a team review our curriculum, train our staff and offer opportunities for our students. We also work with the Careers and Enterprise Company who support us in providing opportunities to further work related skills across key stage 3 to 5. Students in Key stage 5 have yearly interviews from a level 6 careers advisor through the - these advisors have specific SEND experience. 

The curriculum offer to pupils at the school are below for reference. This is for the purpose of giving  information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. The Academy is also registered with the Enterprise Advisor Network and has completed the self-assessment Compass tool. The Compass tool is used 3 times a year to assess our provision against the Gatsby Benchmarks and improve outcomes for our students. The results also help to inform our Subject Development Plan.

Please note: Parents should contact their child's class team for more information regarding Career Opportunities and raise any queries in their child's Annual Review Meeting.

Further information is outlined in the documents below:

We are always looking for employers who could offer us work experience opportunities, so if you have any links please get in touch. Please see our Work Placement Guidance and Expectations below:

Work Placement Information and Expectations

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Pangango - free Careers information
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Work Related Learning

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Career Opportunities

Derby City, as an Opportunity Area, is currently developing employer engagement, auditing all the employment and career options available to the young people in the City and putting together an action plan for improvement.

Students at St Andrew's Academy are exposed to "The World of Work" from Year 7 until they leave the school. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding about the world of work. 

We are keen to develop as many Career opportunities for our students here at St Andrews including Employer Encounters.

In 2022 we established a great relationship with Alstom Derby and they have provided us with many opportunities for work skills, including tours, interviews and placements. 

Where are we now? Life after St Andrew's Academy