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It is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures.

At St Andrew’s our programme of careers education is delivered through PSHCE, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also within individual departments and through form time.  Click here to see our Future's Journey.

All students will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities

  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them

  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school

  • Understand the labour market and the requirements and expectations of employers

  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future

  • Be prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods

  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers

A more detailed plan of our careers programme can be provided to pupils, parents, teachers and employers in a written form or by making an appointment to discuss it further with Mrs McNaught (Assistant Headteacher).

Mrs McNaught can be contacted via or 01903 820676.

Careers Guidance 

All students receive: 

  • An individual options interview with a member of SLT in year 9;

  • The option to have a further interview with their parents about their options with the same member of SLT in year 9;

  • An individual careers interview with a qualified independent careers advisor during KS4. 

Students from years 9 to 11 also have access to: 

  • Mossibly Careers which enables them to take a personality survey to identify potential careers and allows them to research career options;

  • SpringPod which allows them to research careers, apply for virtual work experience and attend virtual university open days. 


Work Experience 

At STA we encourage students to gain as much work experience as possible. They undertake an ‘in person’ placement during our school’s Enrichment week in July in year 10. Students in KS4 also have access to an online platform called SpringPod where they can gain as much virtual work experience as they wish with big national and international companies. 

Destination Data 

Our latest official destination data published by the Department of Education is from 2017/18 showing 95% stayed in education or employment for at least 2 terms after leaving STA. West Sussex’s average was 95% and national average for that academic year is 94%.   

Our own data collected for the academic year of 2020/21 shows that 98.2% had places in education or employment at the start of this academic year. In our current cohort for 2021/22, 99.3% have applied to education providers are currently going through selection processes.  

Getting Involved with our Careers Programme 

We welcome organisations and businesses to help us educate our students about careers. If you would like to get involved in any of the following please contact Mrs McNaught via

  • Providing work experience placements;

  • Delivering assemblies about your company, organisation or sector;

  • Delivering workshops to small groups on your company, organisation or sector;

  • Having a stall at our annual careers fair. 

Measuring and Assessing our careers programme 

Each year group covers the Gatsby Benchmarks 1-5 each academic year within the school’s curriculum.

Benchmarks 6-8 are covered by all students by the end of year 11.  

Each term the Gatsby Benchmarks are evaluated with the help of Coast to Capital through the programme Campass+. The most recent results can be found here. All areas are at least 22% above the national average.  

The Baker Clause 

The Baker Clause states that schools must provide education on Apprenticeships and training from year 8 to year 11 each year. This academic year, STA will meet this in every year group including year 7 through the following events: 

  • Year 7 - Big Dreams STEM activity day with Talent Foundry, 

  • Year 8 - Sea Cadets STEM activity and Big Dreams STEM activity day with Talent Foundry, 

  • Year 9 - NHS Careers Workshop and Employability Skills Workshop, 

  • Year 10 - Apprenticeships Evening, Learning Styles and Options workshop and Assembly by Plumpton College on Apprenticeships, 

  • Year 11 - Assembly by ASK of Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships Evening, Workshop on Applying to Apprenticeships by ASK and Workshop on Apprenticeship Interviews by ASK. 

For More Information 

Careers and Enterprise at St Andrew’s is led by Mrs McNaught (Assistant Headteacher). Mrs McNaught can be contacted via or 01903 820676.  

The information on this page is reviewed at least at the end of every academic year, and updated when appropriate. The next scheduled review is June 2022. 

Local Colleges and Education Providers 

If you would like to explore local provision for Further Education or Higher Education, please see the links below:



Careers sites


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