Careers Programme

Below is a copy of our overall careers programme for next academic year. In this document I will explain how each element of the programme will be delivered across the curriculum and explain how this delivery encompasses a whole school approach, supporting learners of all ages and abilities.



Careers Benchmark September 2019

Careers Benchmark Report November 2018

Learning Pathways


Year 11

Year 10

Gatsby Benchmarks

In December 2017 the government released its new careers strategy. This new strategy focuses on children of all ages and aims to connect the worlds of education and employment.

The strategy focuses on the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. By the end of 2020, all schools have to be fully compliant with the 8 areas.

All schools have to have a Careers Leader in place by September 2018. At Oakfield Lodge our Careers Leader is Miss Denham.

A key focus of the new strategy is to ensure that all young people have at least one employer encounter by 2020.

At Oakfield Lodge we fully embrace opportunities for students to have employer experiences and access to work placements and visiting guests from all areas of work.

The careers strategy document can be accessed by clicking on the link below;


In March 2018, we used the Compass Tool to assess our current position against the 8 benchmarks.

Our key aims for each benchmark in the academic year 2018 – 19 can be seen below. We will be updating the website to share with you our progress against each area over the next academic year.

Benchmark Priority Actions
A stable careers programme A whole school careers policy and action plan will be in place, approved by governors by September 2018.
Learning from career and labour market information. All students and parents will have access to up to date information relative to our geographical area to help our students make informed decisions.
Addressing the needs of each pupil. We will keep systematic records of each students’ experiences of careers and enterprise activities.
Linking curriculum learning to careers. The majority of students (76%) will have meaningful career learning experiences in English, Maths, Science and PSHE lessons.
Encounters with employers and employees. We will continue to provide opportunities for all students to visit different employers and benefit from visiting employees to the school.
Experiences of workplaces All pupils will have had the opportunity of a work based learning opportunity by the end of year 11.
Encounters with further and higher education. All students will have experience of sixth form colleges, training providers and universities by the end of year 11.

All students will have access to information relating to the full range of apprenticeships.

Personal guidance By the end of year 11 all students will have had access to an interview with an impartial careers advisor.

We have strong links and work closely with;
Changing Education
The Skills and Growth Company
South Cheshire College
Reaseheath College

We have engaged in the following activities;
Visits to South Cheshire Colelge
Visits to Reaseheath College
Visits to Lymm Fire Station
CV writing
Interview practice
Completing post 16 applications

We have had visiting Speakers from;
Schools Police Liaison Officer
Job Centre – Schools advisor

Year 10 and 11 Work Experience has included;
Catering and front of house
Child care
Construction and trade

Careers Report 2020

Gatsby Benchmark Report 2020


At Oakfield Lodge we have expanded the vocational qualifications that we offer our students via Reaseheath College. We now have year 9, 10 and 11’s doing a range of courses. Our year 9 cohort complete the KS3 Animal Management course, this give them the opportunity to work with a variety of animals from field mice to alpacas and cockroaches to chickens, giving them a taste of college life. Years 10 and 11 can choose from a wide range of studies ranging from Animal Care to Food Technology and Construction to Motor Vehicle. Current students are studying Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture and Construction at Level 1.
The KS4 courses last two years and combine theory and practical work in each subject area. The courses are assessed by internal classwork, observations and external exams. External exams take place during the first term for year 11 students.