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

  • PSHE
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator Seminars
  • PSHE Unit on My New School
  • Enterprise Club for entrepreneurs and marketing
  • Career of the Week

Year 8

  • PSHE
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator Seminars
  • PSHE Unit on British Society and Human Rights
  • Enterprise Club for entrepreneurs and marketing
  • Career of the Week

Year 9

  • Year 9 GCSE Options Evening (where future progression routes are discussed with students)
  • Careers Fair and Workshops
  • Norfolk Skills Festival
  • PSHE Unit on Welcome to the Real World
  • Enterprise Club for entrepreneurs and marketing
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator Seminars
  • Career of the Week

Year 10

  • Careers Fair and Workshops
  • Norfolk Skills Festival
  • Work Experience
  • PSHE Unit on the Be Real Game, job applications, finance, CVs
  • 1:1 Careers Guidance Meetings
  • Enterprise Club for entrepreneurs and marketing
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator Seminars
  • Career of the Week

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)
  • Enterprise Club for entrepreneurs and marketing
  • Oxford New College Step-Up Programme

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:
  • Student life
  • Student finance
  • Choosing a University
  • Applying to a University
  • Visits to UEA Higher Education Fair
  • Visit to the UEA Sixth Form Conference
  • Visit to Gonville and Cauis College Cambridge-Russell Group, Top 25, Oxbridge experience
  • UEA Student Ambassador workshop (UEA visiting speakers)
  • Oxford New College's Step-Up Programme


Meaningful Interactions with Employers

All students:

  • Assembly speakers from local businesses and Apprenticeship providers
  • Visits to local employers including R G Carter
  • One week Work Experience placement for all Level 3 students
  • Volunteering Programme (one hour per week in the community/education settings)
  • Extended Work Experience for two days per week for students on the Level 2 programme

Individual support with applications for:

  • UCAS/University/Conservatoires
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employment
  • Personal statement and CV writing

Attleborough Academy Careers Week and Workshops

This coincides with National Careers Week (first week of March)

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

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. This information remains current as at March 2024.

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 July 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
Activity Survey Report Attleborough Academy 2023 29th Feb 2024 Download
Information Advice and Guidance IAG Careers Policy 2023 29th Feb 2024 Download
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