At St Thomas More School we have a core belief that high quality CEIAG is fundamental to ensuring that students are equipped with the right information in order to give them high aspirations and to make informed choices. The programme developed has the Gatsby framework Principles at its heart and are working towards achieving all of the Benchmarks of ‘Good Career Guidance’ to ensure that each and every student is motivated to achieving their goals and to raise the aspirations of the all in the school community.The Gatsby benchmarks can be used as a measure of the impact of the careers programme and the careers calendar depicts which benchmarks are being met and where. The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Students are also encouraged to give feedback on their careers education and interactions with employers, further and higher education providers and training providers to evaluate the meaningfulness of each interaction and how useful the instance was.St Thomas More destination data can also be an indicator of the impact of the careers programme on pupils. Whilst a large percentage of students opt for A Levels at St Thomas More Sixth Form, a good number of students progress onto college courses and apprenticeship opportunities with a number considerably below the national and regional averages for NEET and not known destinations. Of our Sixth Forms destinations, the vast majority of students are successful applicants to higher education via both university degrees and higher level apprenticeships. A small number of student progress at this stage into full time employment.

KS4 Cohort destinations for 2020 data:

Number of Pupils239
Pupils in Education22092%
Pupils in Apprenticeship/Employment42%
Pupils NEET or Employed52%

KS5 Cohort destinations for 2020 data:

StatisticNumber percentageNumberpercentage
Approved Qualifications Other Qualifications
Number of Pupils10340
Pupils in Education7977%2255%
Pupils in Apprenticeship/Employment55%38%
Pupils NEET or Employed 1414%1333%

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