At Saint Edmund Arrowsmith we offer all of our pupils a comprehensive programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. Our CEIAG programme incorporates one to one guidance interviews, group sessions, guest speakers, targeted enrichment activities in and out of school and much more. Pupils also have a sequence of specialised Careers lessons as part of the Citizenship Programme of Study. Please see below for further details of our careers programme within Citizenship.

Our Careers Adviser, Andrea Cleary, provides pupils with independent information, advice and guidance regarding their plans after Year 11 including college courses, apprenticeships and personal development opportunities as well as career ideas.

Pupils can request an interview by speaking directly with Andrea, their form tutor, Year Manager or Progress Leader. Pupils are also welcome to drop in at lunch and break times (Thursday and Friday) for advice. Mrs Cleary can be found in the Careers Office in Homebase 1

If you wish to contact Andrea Cleary, please email

Our named Careers Leader is Mrs H. Charnley (Assistant Headteacher). To contact Mrs Charnley, please call 0151 4778770 or email


Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School

Careers Programme – A Summary

At Saint Edmund Arrowsmith we work towards the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance, in line with the statutory guidance.

Gatsby Benchmark

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

A stable career programme

Every pupil in Years 8 to 11 takes part in an annual programme of careers lessons which are embedded in the Citizenship programme of study. These lessons are based upon a spiral curriculum, meaning that key knowledge, skills and concepts are revisited and built upon during each academic year. This programme of study focuses on identifying individual skills and qualities, labour market information, careers and decision making, routes into higher education, further education and training opportunities such as apprenticeships, and guidance on choosing GCSE options. For further details, please contact the names Careers Leader Mrs H. Charnley on 0151 4778770.

Learning from careers and labour market information



As part of the options process, all pupils in Year 9 access and use information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions about GCSE study options. Parents are encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children



Addressing the needs of each pupil

At Saint Edmund Arrowsmith we keep records of the individual advice given to each pupil, and subsequent agreed decisions in the form of an action plan. We also collect and maintain data for each pupil on their initial education, training or employment destinations.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Pixl Futures resources will be used in conjunction with National Careers Week to make links between curriculum areas and careers.

Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil in each year group will have the opportunity to take part in an Employer Engagement session at least once over the course of the academic year. These are done as a carousel Q+A session and focus on a variety of employment sectors. Pupils in Year 9 and 10 take part in regional events, such as The Big Bang North West and the LCR Skills Show.

All pupils in Year 11 take part in an annual Mock Interview Day in the Spring Term. 

Experiences of workplaces

This is a strategic CEIAG objective for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.

Encounters with further and higher education




Regular assemblies are held, during which a variety of further education providers deliver presentations to pupils. All pupils in Year 10 take part in college taster sessions, during which they take part in taster sessions at local colleges/sixth forms and explore what it is like to learn in that environment.

Regular assemblies are held, during which a variety of further education providers deliver presentations to pupils about the courses on offer and what it is like to learn in that environment.

Personal guidance

All pupils in Years 7-10 can access personal guidance from Mrs A. Cleary, our Careers Advisor, either through referral by their Form Tutor or by utilising the break and lunch time drop in sessions which are available every Thursday and Friday in the Careers Office in Homebase 1.

Every pupil in Year 11 has an individual guidance interview with our independent Careers Advisor, Mrs A. Cleary who is trained to an appropriate level. Mrs Cleary then offers the opportunity for a follow up interview, where appropriate and necessary.


Careers Websites for pupils and parents:

Waterside Training Apprenticeships

Waterside Training Technician Apprenticeships

Please find below links to our CEIAG Policy and the Policy Statement on Provider Access

Our CEIAG information and provision will be reviewed on an annual basis and feedback from key stakeholders will be sought.