Careers Advice


Designated Careers Leader

The dedicated careers leader is Mr Tom Watson (Assistant Principal – Deep Experience), please contact him in the first instance via if you have any questions regarding careers provision within the Academy.

Our Academy has strong links with local colleges, apprenticeship providers, employers and other schools in the area to provide our students a range of choices for the end of Y11 and Y13.

The Careers Education, Advice, Information and Guidance Policy can be found at

Careers Education and Guidance Programme

The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Newbold seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

As a student at Outwood Academy you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:

  • Personal to you and always puts your interests first
  • Motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities both within and outside Outwood Academy Newbold
  • Helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality
  • Provides the support you need to be successful
  • Helps you access any additional support you might need
  • Is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of career pathways and local labour market information
  • Protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent
  • We will support your career development in a number of ways including:

Information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help you make decisions about your future;
Activities and events such as careers fairs;

Access to the career adviser in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, learning pathway planning and results days;

Careers information and IT based careers programmes and information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites.

Careers Quality Award for Outstanding Careers Education, Advice and Guidance


We have been awarded the prestigious Careers Quality Award for Outstanding Careers Education, Advice and Guidance by the awarding body Prospects.

Acting chair of the Prospects accreditation board, Sue Thacker, added, ‘Both the Assessor and the Accreditation Board noted many areas of good and outstanding practice in a very strong CEIAG programme. The Board also agreed with the positive comments from the Assessor regarding the support for CEIAG from the senior leadership team, and how this contributes to making sure that careers work is embedded firmly into the life of the academy.’

The award can be seen in main reception and on the careers section of the academy website. The award will stand until July 2021.

Outwood Academy Stable Careers Programme

Please use the link below to view the information outlining ‘Outwood Academy Stable Careers Programme’…

Due to the restrictions in place this year, it has been very difficult for us to give our students the same exposure to local, regional and national employers, higher education and training providers as previous years. We are delighted to offer all students, staff, parents and members of our wider community access to the My Future platform.

My Future showcases your future careers and enterprise options all under one virtual roof and is available in place of our usual Careers Cafes and Careers Convention.

My Future Info


Parental Support

Check out the apprenticeships from all over Derbyshire that are currently available across a wide range of industry sectors, using the ‘AV Live Feed Widget’ below.

Derbyshire County Council Apprenticeship and alternative 14-19 study options

For regular and updated apprenticeships, training and job opportunities at Derbyshire County Council click on the following link jobs website



Click on the image below to visit The CareersInc Portal.
The link can be used to visit the CareersInc website which has a range of useful resources and lessons.

Careers Standard Accreditation


Careers Websites

Click on the image below to take you to a list of careers websites.

Previous Student Destination Data

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We've Got The Apprenticeship For You

Careers Programme 2020-21

Careers Leader: Tom Watson (Assistant Principal) 01246 230550


Outwood Academy Newbold’s Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.

We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we introduced employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects for the first time during 2018-19.

Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:

1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance
We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:

  • our academy has begun to offer every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 13
  • our academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader
  • our academy has published details of its careers programme so that parents can see the timetable for events (this document)
  • our academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, aiming to ensure that all of them are met by the end of December 2020

What we have published online (*included within this section)

  • Our ‘Access to Providers’ Policy (see foot of this page)
  • the name, email address and telephone number of our Careers Leader*
  • a summary of the careers programme, including details of how students, parents, teachers and employers may access information about careers*
  • how the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on students*
  • the date of the school’s next review of the information published*

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020

1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.

6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Programme

CEIAG Assemblies
Each term all year groups have a minimum of one CEIAG assembly. Term 1 is an introduction to CareersInc, our impartial, external careers advisors, and what they offer. Term 2 is an aspirational assembly led by our careers coordinator and in Term 3 there is a further education/higher education focus. There are several other assemblies that run throughout the year led by various external providers for various year groups with a focus on aspirations, further and higher education, careers and professions.

Careers Lunchtime Drop-Ins
Each month we have a scheduled lunchtime where local Post-16 and Apprenticeship providers are able to set up information stands and talk to students across all year groups.

CareersInc, our commissioned external careers advisors, offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.

Access to Information About Careers

Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy Newbold including:

  • Attending an interview in the careers room located within the LRC/Library
  • Drop in sessions with Career Inc are each week during breaks, lunch and at 2.30pm
  • The use of careers software which is available to all students
  • Careers information with subject lessons, coming soon.

Review and Measurement of Impact

We review the success of our careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).

The careers information on this website will next be reviewed in September 2021.

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