CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) has an important contribution to make to the education of all students to make an effective transition from school to adulthood and employment.

ASA will provide a range of opportunities for students to learn about the world of work, the transferable skills required to be prepared for the ever-changing workplace and the Qualification Pathways available to them. These activities contribute to social mobility, helping people to discover and access opportunities that might exist outside of their immediate networks. Well-thought-through decisions about learning and work informed by effective CEIAG can increase participation in learning and, in turn, raise attainment and support further progression.

We are committed to ensuring that all students know and understand the world of work, the skills required, and the qualifications needed so that they can make informed choices about their career pathways. We support and nurture our students through their chosen career pathway providing unbiased career advice. We enable those who wish to apply to University to do so and progress into higher education. The information provided will ensure they can make informed decisions and follow a realistic path to realise their full potential.  We aim to increase students’ awareness of what is available to them, help them recognise their strengths and identify where improvements could be made.

Careers Calendar

Careers calendar for 2023/24 can be found HERE

Careers Programme

Details of our Careers Programme for Students, Parents, Teachers and Employers can be found HERE.

Provider Access Statement

You can review our provider access statement HERE


How we monitor and evaluate our Careers Programme

Our Careers Programme will next be reviewed in July 2023. We monitor and evaluate our Careers Programme in the following ways:

  1. Student Voice
  2. Parental Questionnaires
  3. Staff Feedback
  4. Employer Evaluation
  5. Trustee link review meetings
  6. Compass+ Evaluation against Gatsby Benchmarks (completed 3 times per year)

Gatsby Benchmarks

In 2013, Gatsby was commissioned to research what actions could improve career guidance in English schools and use eight clear benchmarks as a framework for improving career guidance.  These have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders.

The benchmarks 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

Please click here for further information about the Gatsby benchmarks.

Keeping in touch

As part of our ongoing careers support we will continue to keep in touch with students after they leave All Saints’ Academy. We will contact past students who have left Year 11 in January/February to keep an up-to-date list of what education/training/employment they have moved on to.

Sixth Form leavers are invited to set up a LinkedIn account and list All Saints’ Academy as their previous education. You will then be connected with the Academy as our alumni. This will allow us to track your career developments and enable us to continue to communicate with you after you have left.’-academy-cheltenham


The Careers Team

Head of Careers: Mr W Spanjers

For any information regarding GROWS please contact Mr W Spanjers

01242 711205

Additional responsibility within the Careers department: Mrs C Cain 

SENDCo: Ms L Herrick

Careers Information

Careerpilot – is a free site that helps young people plan their future studies and work. It is a great resource for young people, their parents/carers and also teachers and tutors, who are advising students about the full range of options.

UCAS Progress – Here you will find information on what to study, where to go and how to get there.

Icould – Provides career inspiration and information for young people. Icould shows what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

NHS Careers: – This website is provided by Health Careers. Health Careers, formerly NHS Careers, was set up to encourage people to think about joining the NHS team. Dedicated to providing help and information to people who are interested in working in the NHS and other health employers in any one of the 350 careers on offer. Providing help with information on what it is really like to work in health, how to get started in a career in the NHS or the training and study needed to qualify for different jobs.

Grows Network – virtual careers and subject taster site Find Your Future.

  • Videos in the Lecture Theatre including shorter versions of our talks such as Why Go to Uni and Life After GCSEs as well as a Kamal Hyman motivational talk.
  • The Activity Zone holds a wide range of activities pupils can try at home including music production using online software, physical challenges in sports, photography tutorials etc.
  • The Information Zone has careers advisor videos with top tips for Years 9, 10 and 11 as well as access to our guides and workbooks online.

Higher Education

UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Our services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
FAQs aimed at students, and their parents, who are considering higher education.


A network of five Gloucestershire based universities and colleges with twelve campuses offering over 250 higher education level courses.

Inspiring and engaging young people in Gloucestershire to make informed choices about their future.

The complete university guide

Independent UK University League Tables & Rankings give you a good guide to which university is best for you, overall and by subject. We work closely with all main UK Universities, HESA and UCAS.

Alternative Pathways is now the UK’s leading website dedicated to helping school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs.

Levels of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.




Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Degree Apprenticeships are a relatively new and growing development for vocational higher education in England which combine full-time paid work with free part-time university study.

Apprentices are employed on a full-time basis for between one and six years, working at least 30 hours every week and enjoying blocks of practical on-the-job training. provides a listing that showcases current and forthcoming higher and degree apprenticeships from some of the UK’s biggest and best employers from The RAF to the BBC, Nestle to Rolls Royce, Santander to Siemens, and Royal Mail to Transport for London.

Interactions with employers and employees

Businesses and employers have a pivotal role in giving young people the opportunity to explore their options and succeed in the world of work.

Research confirms how much experiences with employers help to prepare young people for their futures.

A range of local and national employers take part in our Careers events. Professionals, Academics and Apprentices ranging from Engineers, public services, financial services industry, recruitment specialists and charities visit the academy and engage with students to emphasise the transferrable skills, importance of commitment, punctuality and resilience.

National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance and employment opportunities across the UK.  The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people when leaving education. At a time of high youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.  National Careers Week is our platform to advise and inspire our next generation as they enter the world of work.

Career Fairs – Each year we run career fairs that provide career information, advice and guidance from a range of businesses and universities; these are attended by all academy students.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

In 2014, the Government established The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) to be the strategic coordinating function for employers, schools, colleges, funders and providers and to provide high impact careers and enterprise support to young people (aged 12-18).

WorldSkills UK, NEC Students can explore routes and pathways to a range of options at key transition stages and be aware of labour market.

Labour Market Information about all Careers

The Careerometer widget below provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The widget can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers. The data is organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.

Please use this on the following webpage:

Careers Advice

You can request a Careers appointment with our Careers Lead, Mrs Cain by emailing You can ask questions or request a face-to-face appointment to talk through your Career plans.

You can now get immediate and personal careers advice from the National Careers Service via phone, text or online chat. The National Careers website is

Careers Resources

Careers resources such as how to write a CV and covering letter guides can be accessed via the VLE or collected from Careers office (via Sixth Form Study Room). The ‘Futures Hub’ in the GLH holds a selection of careers books and sixth form, college and university prospectuses.

Please click here for online resources.

Work Experience

Work experience is a fantastic way of finding out about the world of work and which job or career may suit you. There are lots of online work experience opportunities available for students that are free and can be accessed at home. A range of different virtual work experience placements can be found here

Work experience opportunities are now available during your Post 16 studies. It is important to consider your future career/education as work experience can be essential to ensure access to your chosen future pathway.  For example, as some universities ask for work experience as part of their entry requirements, it is important to start thinking about this early, especially those looking at teaching or medical careers.

If you are in Sixth form and would like to set up a regular, weekly work-experience placement, you will need to complete a work experience form. This can be collected from the Sixth form office and needs to be signed by the employer that you will be working with so that they understand the obligations that they need to meet. The Academy will also check your work experience provider.

Where do our students go?

We are proud of the destinations that our students choose after their Sixth Form education here. Many move into fulfilling and rewarding careers many choose to go into Higher Education (sometimes following a gap year).

We are most proud of is the fact that our students gain admission to universities that suit best their own interests, passions and talents.

Student Destinations

Destination Schools

Academy Life