Location Vocation


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Here at Wingfield Academy we are wholeheartedly committed, through our 'Location Vocation' programme of activities delivered to Year 7 to 11, to prepare all our learners to make informed decisions about their future/next steps ensuring they maximise their potential and successfully transition into higher education or an aspirational alternative.

Our programme has been developed in accordance with the eight Gatsby benchmarks to meet the requirements of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance 2018.

The Gatsby Career Benchmarks identify good practice and define the essentials of good career guidance providing a robust and realistic framework. The Gatsby Benchmarks are as follows:

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. Experience of work places

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

Wingfield Academy's careers lead is Vanessa Gregory and your personal careers advisor is Joanne Sorby . Joanne is based within the Academy and can be found in Room 4. Students can make an individual appointment to see her by either informing their form tutors or Year Team Leader. An individual appointment will then be made for them in school.

Shape Your Future Booklet


You can contact the careers team at any time using this web-form.

Student Entitlement from 2020

Year 7

  • Developing Skills and Aspirations
  • Employability skills
  • Exploring skills/qualities and strengths
  • Researching jobs that match students skills/qualities
  • Action Planning
  • Guidance interviews

Year 8

  • Why do people work?
  • Exploring the different types/patterns of work
  • Different types of work available locally/LMI
  • Challenging stereotyping
  • Post 16 options/Action Planning
  • Guidance Interviews

Year 9

  • Decision making skills
  • Exploring skills and qualities
  • Linking curriculum subjects to the world of work
  • Job exploration/Apprenticeships
  • Action planning
  • Guidance Interviews

Year 10

  • How to apply to colleges
  • Higher education options
  • Work experience preparation
  • Rights/responsibilities in the workplace
  • Health and safety in the workplace.
  • CV writing/Personal Statements
  • Mock Interviews
  • Guidance Interviews

Year 11

  • Applications to colleges
  • Apprenticeships
  • Guidance interviews

Measuring Impact

Gatsby benchmarks will be reviewed regularly throughout the academic year  to help us meet all of the 8 benchmarks by the end of 2020.

We will monitor the impact of our action plan and the CEIAG we deliver through feedback from students and staff. All activities will be reviewed to ensure all goals and aims are met.

Other useful careers websites include:

Information for parents
Investing in your Son / Daughter's Future

Research has consistently shown that parents and carers are the most influential factor in students' decisions about the future. Your support and encouragement influences their choices, and the guidance you provide will be invaluable to their eventual achievements and career pathways.

Here are some very simple and practical steps you can take to support your child in their decision making.

  • Talk to them about their current educational attainment and estimated grades and encourage them to aim high (the skills shortages in the future will be in higher level jobs).
  • Discuss where they want to be and research how to get there - check out the links above for ideas.
  • Encourage them to seek out the advice and experiences they need to help them achieve their goals.
  • Help them with the steps they need to take.

Together with a range of career professionals, businesses and training providers we will support your son's / daughter's career development in a number of ways including:

  • Information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help them make decisions about their future.
  • Activities and events.
  • Access to careers advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, enrichment activities, parents and options evenings and on results day.
  • Careers information and computer-based programmes.
  • Information and updates on notice boards, screens and website.

You are welcome to attend your child's careers meetings and we encourage you to contact Wingfield Academy if you need any more help or information.


Wingfield Academy is seeking to form business partnerships to better prepare our students for the world of work and to support them in gaining the skills they, and businesses, need.

We are always on the lookout for employers who have ideas to support our students. If you think you and your business can help, them please get in touch.
How can a School / Business partnership support WIngfield Academy?
  • Bring real life careers context into the classroom;
  • Bring a better understanding of Labour and Careers Market Information;
  • Develop student skills;
  • Develop teachers knowledge of other careers through interacting with employers;
  • Reduce barriers for SEND, vulnerable & disadvantaged pupils;
  • Enhance academic learning across the curriculum, providing a deeper insight and understanding of the subject;
How can a School/Business partnership support local employers?
  • Allow you to identify, shape and develop your next generation of workers;
  • Give young people an idea of the variety of job and career opportunities that your business can provide;
  • Use school activities to enhance and develop the transferable skills of your own staff (e.g. organising, developing, leading, presenting);
  • Involve pupils in real-time, real-world activities that could benefit your business;
  • Test out / trial new products / services aimed at young consumers by creating focus groups in the school;

If you would like to help develop the employ-ability skills of our pupils as well as giving them an awareness of career roles, then please contact us.

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