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Careers, Work Experience and Post 16


Uppingham Community College seeks to maximise the life chances of all of our students and therefore it is crucial to prepare these young people for life beyond school and college. Giving young people the right advice and guidance to make informed decisions and choices about their lifestyle, education and future is more important than ever.  We focus on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to lead successful and happy lives, along with offering a wealth of advice and guidance to help students make their post-16 and future career choices.

Careers Leader

The lead teacher responsible for Careers at UCC is Mr Paul Rhodes, Assistant Principal. He can be contacted via the main school office on 01572 823631 or via email on

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme

The Careers provision offered to students at UCC includes the main elements summarised in the table below: (Please see the attached document at the bottom of this page for more detailed information in the CEIAG Policy)


Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

Year 7

Careers Day



Year 8

Real Game – finance and careers experience day

Careers Day


Year 9

Enterprise Day

Careers week

Guidance interviews

Careers Day

KS4 options assemblies

KS4 Options evening

Options advice

Year 10

Careers week

Guidance interviews

Work Experience Preparation Day

Apprenticeship Show

Cadbury World business trip and lecture

CV guidance

Work Experience placement – 2 weeks

Year 11

Careers week

Guidance interviews

World of Work Day

Post-16 evening

Apprenticeship Show

Details of post-16 opening evenings/days shared

Assemblies covering all possible post-16 options from a range of HE/FE/Apprenticeship/Technical providers.

Guidance interviews

Support with post-16 applications and interviews

Guidance interviews

Support with post-16 applications and interviews

In addition to these events, we also offer the following:

  • year specific learning integrated into PDE curriculum (this learning is developed further in each year group’s career week/day)
  • employer events
  • assemblies and talks which cover A levels, Applied General Qualifications (e.g., BTECs), technical/vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships
  • FE/University taster talks
  • visits from local business leaders
  • Careers Fair
  • online Careers talks

We work closely with an independent Careers company and advisor (Life Jigsaw) to facilitate and support some of our CEIAG provision. We also work closely with local post-16 providers (FE, HE, training and apprenticeship), employers, businesses and the community to enhance our offering for students. We always welcome the opportunity to work with new providers and give them the opportunity to talk to pupils at the school.  Details of our Provider Access Policy can be found in the provider area.

Our Careers Programme is designed to ensure our provision meets all the Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers and therefore our statutory duty. These 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

Further information about the CEIAG programme can be obtained from the Careers Lead Mr Rhodes.

Impact of our CEIAG Programme

The school continuously measures and assesses the impact of its careers programme on students in a number of ways. Key Stage 4 post-16 destinations data is analysed annually and our percentage of students staying in education or employment is always very high (using both internal school data and Government published statistics at We also seek regular feedback and evaluations from all parties involved in key events, such as Work Experience, Post-16 Information Evening and Enterprise Day. In addition we conduct student evaluations throughout the year on the Careers strand of the PDE curriculum.


The CEIAG provision at Uppingham Community College is reviewed annually by the Careers Lead in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body. Feedback is invited from stakeholders who can contact the Careers Lead Mr Paul Rhodes directly.