Careers Mission Statement

Ark Evelyn Grace Academy uses the gold standard Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Careers & Enrichment programme.

As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational providers to speak to students.


"Every student will find an individual pathway to University and Career Success based on informed decisions and in-depth Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG)"

"Guidance is important for social mobility because it helps open pupils' eyes to careers they may not have considered." Gatsby Report 2014


The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework used to define, guide and develop the best careers programme. They are the recommended elements of good practice in career guidance and the government’s careers strategy is built around them. They offer a great place to start when we are considering improvements to our programme.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Widening Participation

At Evelyn Grace Academy, we aim to widen participation in further and higher education. We would like to support the increase of groups that are currently underrepresented, in particular students:  

  • From disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • With special educational needs.
  • Who will be the first generation to attend University.

We work with organisations that achieve this through workshops, visits careers talks and other activities.

If you would like to work with Evelyn Grace Academy, please contact and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Provider Access Policy


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes 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.


Student entitlement

Students in years 8-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship 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 evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.


Management of provider access requests

Our Procedure:

A number of events and workshops are integrated into the school careers programme. Ark Evelyn Grace Academy will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents at arranged dates throughout the year in the forms of:

  • Workshops
  • Assemblies
  • Online line session
  • Work-related learning
  • Career retitled trips and visits
  • Enrichment activities
  • Work placements
  • Interactive sessions
  • Careers fair

For more detail please, read our Careers Programme - Beyond the Classroom.


Opportunities for access

A provider wishing to request access should contact the careers department.