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Copleston High School

All schools have a statutory duty to provide students with independent and impartial careers guidance.  At Copleston we have provided a fantastic and broad programme of events that is currently being reviewed for the academic year 2020-21 due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, please see below a sample of what has previously been offered to students:

Parent Pack on Apprenticeships This pack gives parents and carers apprenticeship information and advice from employers about what they are looking for. It breaks down questions about the role of training providers, the apprenticeship guarantee and includes other parents’ thoughts on their child doing an apprenticeship.

Students (and carers) can click on the links below to gain access to some fabulous online resources, webinars and courses designed to help students make their choices. 

Sign up to access Virtual work experience and Virtual Talks with various companies such as Santander, Tesco and UK New Artists 

Observe GP- a free interactive video platform, it provides insights into medicine through videos and activities and will be live from 30th April 2020

Learn Live seeks to inspire the next generation through engaging and interactive live broadcasts.
Learn Live have worked successfully with companies like The BBC, Balfour Beatty, Gatwick Airport, National Apprenticeship Service, Lancashire LEP, Network Rail, IBM, Health Education England and The NHS since 2015 to deliver careers advice, recruitment opportunities and health awareness broadcasts into schools and colleges across the UK.

Virtual work experience and training. To use Virtual Work Experience and the other great tools on our site simply log in or sign up for free

For information from inspiring speakers covering different walks to life. So whether you're looking to be motivated by incredible success stories of people like you, or discover practical tips that can improve your employability, Springpod have got a broad range of topics that suit every attendee.


A growing collection of bitesize videos for young people entering the world of work.
Skillsumo gives young people access to relevant and inspirational careers advice and features videos focussed on work inspiration, 21st century skills, career pathways, professional development and future trends.

Success at School have put together this comprehensive guide to routes into the different types of careers 

For other work experience opportunities and advice for your son/daughter, please see further details on our Student Work experience page. 

We are guided by DfE statutory guidance and the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance (from; Link to Gatsby Benchmarks)

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 meet the Gatsby Benchmarks by providing a comprehensive programme of careers activities throughout KS3, KS4 and KS5.  Special consideration is given to the points of transition, for example where our students are choosing options for the next stage of their education.  All students are able to self-refer to Mrs Ladbrook for personal guidance, Mrs Ladbrook is keen to work with parents and carers to support them in supporting their child into the best pathways for them.


Students are entitled to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) that is impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, in the best interests of the students to whom it is given.

Specifically, students at Copleston High School are entitled to receive:

  • Clear information, advice and guidance about all options available
  • Help to decide what to do when they finish their course/education, including further learning, training or employment
  • A programme of CEIAG which helps them to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
  • The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that affect their learning
  • An opportunity to learn about the world of work

Careers information and guidance resources on the internet.

All students will have important decisions to make at various times of the year – whether, for example, it is Options and Pathways choices in Year 8 and 9, Work Experience choices in Year 10, or Post 16 choices in Year 10 and 11 also Post 18 Choices in year 12. There are several internet based careers information and guidance sites that we can recommend to you to use in school or at home during this time and beyond: this website has a number of different useful resources including the Buzz Quiz and videos showcasing careers linked to both sectors and subjects. The Buzz Quiz is a short personality quiz based on Myers-Briggs, linking results to recommended careers for consideration.   - an interactive careers information and guidance system.  Registration Code: COPI  We use this programme during careers workshops in school, students complete a questionnaire and explore the suggestions.  Labour market information is included about each career as well as links to further information.  Students can access the site from home using their username and password.  – this Suffolk website has a range of information for young people including information about apprenticeships and careers.  There is a handy CV building tool which is free to use. - is a local website covering businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk.  Students can sign up to receive information from businesses that they “like” on the site.  - National website for information on apprenticeship training, here you can find an apprenticeship and register to receive vacancy updates. Apprenticeships are now being offered at higher and degree levels, we have found that different apprenticeships are offered at different times of the year for a late summer or September start.  As more information becomes available regarding these qualifications, we will update this website. – this is a national website which has details of apprenticeships and sponsored degrees. - this website links to a number of informative sites. - the Times top employers have links to their apprenticeship schemes here. – UCAS is not just for your university application, find out about money matters, applying and what courses are on offer on this site. - Russell Group universities new website to help students make choices about their sixth form and post-16 options.  - Search under job profiles to find out about careers – ones you know about and ones you don’t know about!

Detailed areas of careers education, information, advice and guidance include:

Key stage 3

• Researching future possible careers

• Researching careers – subjects, qualifications, skills and training needed for different careers.

• Future possible careers linked to different options/pathways choices (see below).

• Options/pathways choices

• Individual interviews for students regarding option choices.

• Parents information evenings on options/pathways choices.

• Departmental presentations on subject choices

• PSHE sessions including self-awareness of skills and qualities

Key stage 4

  • In key stage 4, IAG concentrates on:
    • Researching future possible careers (year 10)
    • Work experience (year 10)
    • Preparation for work experience including:
  • Researching possible areas of interest
  • Researching possible placements
  • Applying for placements
  • Expectations of work experience – students and employers
  • Two week work placement including completion of diary
  • Follow-up to work experience including review of what has been learnt

Post 16 options (year 10 and 11)

Information/advice on all options:

• Sixth form

• FE college

• Apprenticeships

• Other types of employment

• Training programmes

This includes visits to, or by, FE colleges and employers where appropriate as well as individual interviews regarding post 16 options.

Key stage 5

In key stage 5, IAG concentrates on:

• Work experience, volunteering or internships

• Help with finding work placements

Researching Post 18 Options including:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Further Education
  • Employment

Applying for Higher Education

• Researching possible courses and institutions

• Visiting HE institutions

• Conferences and Summer/Easter schools

• Application process – the UCAS system

• Mock interviews if required

• Financing HE

• Preparing for student life

Job applications

• Sources of job information and vacancies

• Help with application letters, application forms, CV’s etc.

• Interview techniques