Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

The Careers Leader at Attleborough Academy is Mr Grant Martin (Head of Key Stage 4). Mr Martin can be contacted at

The Careers Adviser and Work Experience Co-ordinator at Attleborough Academy is Mrs Marianne Foster. If you would like to arrange a careers guidance appointment or have any questions about careers or Work Experience, please email Mrs Foster at

The Careers Programme at Attleborough Academy

Our Careers Programme is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks which provide the framework for our careers provision. The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance are:

  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

We review and evaluate our careers provision on a yearly basis by using destinations data, parent/carer questionnaires, student feedback and the compass assessment tool.

Year 7

  • Enterprise Co-ordinator Seminars

Year 8

  • Year 8 GCSE Options Evening (where future progression routes are discussed with students)
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator Seminars

Year 9

  • Careers Fair and Workshops
  • Norfolks Skills Festival
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator Seminars

Year 10

  • Careers Fair and Workshops
  • Norfolk Skills Festival
  • Work Experience
  • 1:1 Careers Guidance Meetings
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator Seminars

Year 11

  • 1:1 Careers Guidance Meetings
  • Collaboration with Norfolk County Council as well as training and education providers to monitor students' intended destinations post-Year 11
  • Parents' Evenings (where planned progression routes are discussed with students and their parents or carers)

Year 12 and Year 13

  • 1:1 Careers Guidance Meetings (Careers Adviser available for meetings each week)
  • Tutor responsible for overseeing support and guidance throughout the students' time in the Sixth Form
  • 1:1 guidance and support relating to future and opportunities from members of the Sixth Form Team


Meaningful Encounters with Universities

  • Assembly speaks from Lincoln/NUA/UEA/Essex/Gonville & Cauis with topics including:
  • Medical degrees
  • Student life
  • Student finance
  • Applying to a University
  • Choosing a University
  • Actuarial Science
  • User Experience Design and Design degrees


  • Visit to UEA Higher Education Fair
  • Visit to the UEA Sixth Form Conference
  • Making decisions/applying to University workshops at Anglia Ruskin (Cambridge)
  • Visit to Gonville and Cauis College Cambridge-Russell Group, Top 25, Oxbridge experience
  • Student finance guidance (University of Suffolk visiting speakers)
  • UEA Student Ambassador workshop (UEA visiting speakers)
  • Arts/Design Degree experience visit (Norwich University of the Arts)


Meaningful Interactions with Employers

All students:

  • Assembly speakers from local businesses with speakers and topics including:
  • –    Price Bailey Accountants (Accounting careers)
     –    Morgan Sindall (Construction/Advanced Apprenticeships)
     –    R G Carter (Construction/Apprenticeships)
     –    Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (Medical careers/Advanced Apprenticeships)
  • Visits to local employers including R G Carter
  • Team-building/problem-solving workshop led by degree apprentices from R G Carter

Students on Level 3 programmes:

  • One week work experience placement and tutorial led reflection
  • Volunteering programme (one hour/week in the community/education settings)

Students on Level 2 programmes:

  • Extended work experience placement (two days per week over 36 weeks)
  • Tutorial led guided reflection programme relating to work experience placement

Series of workshops run by a combination of staff/external speakers covering:

  • Decision making/futures/HE information
  • Apprenticeships (visiting speaker from Breckland Council outreach)
  • UCAS applications
  • CV/Personal statement writing
  • Research/skills for HE

Individual support with applications for:

  • UCAS/University/Conservatoires
  • Apprenticeships (all levels)
  • Traineeships
  • Employment
  • Personal statement and CV writin

Attleborough Academy Careers Fair and Workshops

External employers, industry professionals and further education establishments offer first hand advice and interactive workshops.

Apprenticeships, CVs and Interviews

Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms

Higher Education and Student Finance

Labour Market Information Norfolk 2022

Labour Market Information (LMI) is information that provides insight into the labour markets at different levels (district, region or nation).

LMI will focus on:

  • the industries that are growing and declining
  • the types and levels of jobs are increasing and decreasing
  • what supply of labour is available – numbers, skill and qualification levels.

Examples of information provided are as follows:

  • Population composition
  • Skills, Career and Progression Pathways
  • Education institutes, courses, qualifications, and supporting statistics
  • Employment sectors, employers, trends and jobs
  • Jobs, training, and apprenticeships

Please click here to view the Labour Market Information for Norfolk 2022.

Norfolk Skills Festival

Norfolk County Council and City College lead this initiative with local, national and international industries, employers and educational establishments, offering realistic and often, hands-on experience, advice and demonstrations.

Useful Careers Websites

Work Experience

Students in Year 10 spend a week in June at a work placement that they have approached and organised with the support of the Academy's Work Experience Co-ordinator.


Page Downloads Date  
Provider Access Policy Statement 2020 2021 19th Nov 2021 Download
Information Advice and Guidance IAG Careers Policy 20 21 29th Mar 2022 Download
Activity Survey Report Attleborough Academy 2022 08th Dec 2022 Download
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