Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance

All pupils at the College follow our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme. This is built around the Gatsby benchmarks, which identify the eight areas in which a College should be engaging in order to deliver a successful CEIAG programme.  In Year 11 CEIAG is taught through dedicated fortnightly lessons.  During other years the programme is delivered through PSHE days, assemblies, collapsed mornings, external events and employer engagement opportunities.

In Year 11, pupils are fully prepared for post-16 education, jobs with training or apprenticeships.  Submitting successful applications, developing effective interview techniques and understanding the range of qualifications and pathways are key aspects of the course for all pupils.  We also offer targeted Careers Guidance Interviews with Mrs Burr, our level 6 qualified Careers Advisor.  We follow fully the Cambridge Area Partnership (CAP) application process to post-16 schools and colleges.  In this, we use MyChoice@16 which helps pupils to search for appropriate courses and apply; our pupils have a strong record of success in securing preferred courses and centres.


In Year 10, all pupils take part in an Enterprise PSHE day delivered by guests from local and international businesses. This serves to foster skills of team work, resilience, reliability, resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit.  We value strongly how enterprise education can deliver key skills that complement and expand on the curriculum.

All pupils will undertake work experience in the summer term of Year 10.  We recognise how this experience gives pupils an insight into the world of work and equips them with valuable skills for the next stage in their education and beyond. Pupils will be allocated a placement or may seek their own placement as long as it fulfills our requirements for a comprehensive, engaging and safe experience.

We begin our CEIAG programme in Key Stage Three. Through our PSHE programme, we ensure that pupils understand basic financial planning, personal goal setting, career opportunities and the importance of attaining at the best possible level.  In Year 9, all pupils engage in a rigorous options process to ensure choices at KS4 are appropriate, broad and suitable for career aspirations.  Parents are involved in our KS4 options process through an information evening, our parents’ consultation evening and one to one interviews with pupils and senior staff during the spring term.  In Years 7 and 8 CEIAG is delivered through the PSHE programme, including 'The Real Game' in Year 7, and the 'What's my line?' sessions in Year 8.  Year 7 and 8 pupils also have the opportunity to take part in Cambridge Launchpad, with extended engagement from local and national businesses and the opportunity to solve real-life problems.

The effectiveness of our CEIAG provision at the College is regularly monitored by senior management as well as by the governing body. The link governor for CEIAG visits the College on a termly basis to review effectiveness against the Gatsby benchmarks and using the guidance for governing bodies given by the department for Education. The College also completes the Compass tool provided by the Careers and Enterprise Company to assess the Careers Provision.

As a College we are committed to providing regular, meaningful and sustained opportunities for employers as well as education and training providers to access all pupils, including to inform them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. Please see the Policy Statement below which sets out the circumstances under which education and training providers will be given access to pupils.

Should you have any questions about the CEIAG programme please contact Daniel Burgess, the Careers Leader and Assistant Principal at


The Oakes College Cambridge is the Sixth Form provider for The Anglian Learning trust. Formerly known as Netherhall Sixth Form Centre, it has a long tradition of A-level and Applied course education and providing excellent levels of support to young people. Since September 2018, The Oakes College has built on these great foundations and embraced its new role as the Sixth Form of the Anglian Learning Trust, providing continuity of high quality education both for students who have progressed through trust schools and for those adding the richness and diversity from within the high quality educational landscape of Cambridgeshire.

The Oakes College provides:

· Positive academic results leading to excellent progression rates of students moving onto university, apprenticeships of into the world of work. A far higher proportion of students’ progress to the Russell group of top universities than the national average.

· High quality teaching and learning in the classroom delivered by passionate, experienced subject specialists in smaller than average class sizes.

· Exceptional pastoral care, where students feel safe and staff understand and treat them as individuals.

· A structure that ensures students keep up, not catch up, through the provision of ongoing high quality feedback and access to live data for parents and students alike.

· “World ready” skills: the creativity and resilience needed to succeed in the modern world

Website link:

WEX Parent Information Evening 2019

WEX Information Booklet 2020

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