Careers Pathways at CNS

At Chipping Norton School we are committed to providing all our students in years 7 to 13 with a comprehensive programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL).

All students at Chipping Norton School take part in a careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme that:

  • Aims to inspire as well as inform and guide students
  • Is centred around the student and their needs
  • Is integrated into the students’ experience of the whole curriculum
  • Encourages all students to consider their career throughout Key Stage 3, 4 & 5
  • Encourages all students to develop decision making skills
  • Provides each student with high quality, impartial advice
  • Raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity

 The school is committed to fully delivering the 8 Gatsby benchmarks:

  1. Provide a stable careers programme.
  2. Provide learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Address the needs of each student.
  4. Link curriculum learning to careers.
  5. Provide useful encounters with employers.
  6. Provide experience of workplaces.
  7. Offer encounters with providers of further and higher education.
  8. Offer personalised careers guidance.

In Year 6

Year 6 Transition days – Parent Questionnaire on careers support for school.

In Year 7

Year 7 Citizenship – Careers Education: Self-development, Careers exploration, Introduction to the world of work.

Year 7 Tenner Challenge – Entrepreneurial project, students developing key employability skills (Confidence, Resilience, Problem Solving).

In Year 8

Year 8 Citizenship – Careers Education: Career Management, empower students to manage their own futures.

Year 8 Citizenship day – STEM Careers Day by Science Oxford.

In Year 9

Year 9 Citizenship – Careers Education: Broaden horizons, Career and Education options.

Year 9 Enterprise day – The Human Library, Interactive event using volunteers from local businesses.

Year 9 Options evening – Allows students and parents to discuss GCSE choices.

Year 9 Careers advise / guidance on option choices given by form tutors, subject teachers and school’s Careers Adviser.

Year 9 Assemblies –  Careers advice on GCSE Options.

In Year 10

Year 10 Work Experience week 1st – 5th July.

Year 10 Citizenship day – Careers Carousel, Interactive event with representatives from different business sectors discussing roles in their field.

Year 10 Assemblies – Apprenticeship advice from National Apprenticeship Service.

West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership (WOLP) Introduction to Apprenticeship Event @ Witney Lakes Oct 2018.

WOLP Careers Fair @ Witney College Jan 2019 – Combined School Career convention for students and parents to explore a wide range of career opportunities with local businesses.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP) Careers Fest @ BMW Oxford Feb 2019.

WOLP Apprenticeship recruitment event @ Marlborough School March 2019.

In Year 11

Year 11 Assemblies – Post 16 choices, A’ Levels @ CNS 6th Form College.

Year 11 Assemblies –  Post 16 choices, visiting speakers from College providers.

Year 11 Assemblies –  Post 16 choices, visiting speakers Apprenticeships.

Year 11 Assemblies – National Citizenship Service.

1 to 1 Careers interview – Careers Adviser.

West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership (WOLP) Introduction to Apprenticeship Event @ Witney Lakes Oct 2018.

WOLP Careers Fair @ Witney College Jan 2019 – Combined School Career convention for students and parents to explore a wide range of career opportunities with local businesses.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP) Careers Fest @ BMW Oxford Feb 2019.

WOLP Apprenticeship recruitment event @ Marlborough School March 2019.

In Year Y12

CV / Personal Statement workshop – External business professionals.

Interview Challenge – External business community.

Post 18 Pathway Presentation – Range of professionals and academics.

Speaker period – Visiting speakers from a range of industry representatives.

Introduction to UCAS – Sixth Form team.

University open day – Visit to Oxford Brookes University. 

Community Volunteering programme – Sixth Form team.

West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership (WOLP) Introduction to Apprenticeship Event @ Witney Lakes Oct 2018.

WOLP Careers Fair @ Witney College Jan 2019 – Combined School Career convention for students and parents to explore a wide range of career opportunities with local businesses.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP) Careers Fest @ BMW Oxford Feb 2019.

WOLP Apprenticeship recruitment event @ Marlborough School March 2019.

In Year 13

UCAS support – Sixth Form team.

1 to 1 Careers interview – Careers Adviser.

West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership (WOLP) Introduction to Apprenticeship Event @ Witney Lakes Oct 2018.

WOLP Careers Fair @ Witney College Jan 2019 – Combined School Career convention for students and parents to explore a wide range of career opportunities with local businesses.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP) Careers Fest @ BMW Oxford Feb 2019.

WOLP Apprenticeship recruitment event @ Marlborough School March 2019.