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Students in the Academy have the opportunity to use the Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) provision within the school. This is delivered through PSHE lessons, assemblies, coaching time as well as specific Careers and Work Related Learning activities. The school has a dedicated Work Related Learning Coordinator and Careers Advisors who are responsible for such provisions across the year groups.

One to one guidance interviews are available at key transition times i.e. Post 16 choices.  Careers resources are consistently updated and developed to provide a quality careers area that is available to all students. 

The academy wants all young people to leave with an ambitious, achievable, career goal and the knowledge of how to get there.

Our young people have access to a wide range of opportunities over different year groups to learn about different careers and the employability skills required to get them. These include:

  • One-to-one interviews with a qualified careers advisor
  • Careers education in coaching time
  • Visits to universities and colleges
  • Work experience placements
  • Enterprise days
  • Employability workshops run by local employers
  • Help with letter writing, CV building and interview skills
  • Use of online software to self-assess future career interests and research pathways into chosen fields.
  • Talks from subject specialists
  • Information in lessons where relevant
  • Intervention mentoring programme for students struggling to find the correct path when they leave

The academy uses enrichment days (3 days, where the school timetable is suspended), coaching time and assembly time to deliver these.

The Gatsby Benchmarks


A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.


Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.


Addressing the needs of each pupil Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages.

Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.


Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.


Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.


Experiences of workplaces

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.


Encounters with further and higher education

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace


Personal guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Key Contacts

If you are a parent or a student that needs career advice and guidance, please contact the careers coordinator Ms Bowen: or call 020 8648 6627.

If you are a parent concerned that your child will not continue with education, employment or training when they leave St Mark’s and would like to request intervention mentoring, please email Mrs Khan: 

If you are an employer or FE/sixth form college who would like to talk to our students, please contact Ms Bowen:

Please click on the link at the bottom of the page to download our provider access policy.

Useful Websites & Resources

Resource Description
Careerometer Compare ifferent careers, salary and the future job market
Start Info. and guidance on study options and careers pathways
Get My First Job Info. on Apprenticeships, Work Experience and Graduate Schemes
Prospects Details of careers, salary, progression, job descriptions etc.  Tips on looking for work experience Tips about work experience Information about all levels of apprenticeship including Higher Apprenticeships that include studying for a degree Useful for exploring different careers  User friendly careers quiz with lots of information about career sectors and job role
Get The Jump DfE website with guidance to work and study options
National Careers Service Government guidance on careers, courses and progression
Careers Paths A parents' guide to career paths
Target Careers Career, university and apprenticeship information and support
Unifrog Destinations and further study information

Other Useful Documents & Resources:

To discover more information to support you when leaving school, check out the following links:

 The data on this website is due to be next updated by December 20 2023