Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers Guidance

Student Entitlement

Careers Events

External Links

Careers Policy

Careers Curriculum 2021 - 2022

Careers Guidance at The Oaks Academy

Assistant Headteacher and Careers Lead
Pastoral Lead and Careers Support

Good careers guidance is important to ensure that our students are able to progress onto further education, fully aware of what options are open to them. We work closely with a range of providers so that our students have a good understanding of all their potential opportunities.  We liaise with:

  • Local Sixth Forms
  • Further Educational and Land-based Colleges
  • Higher Horizons (supporting wider opportunities for all our students in conjunction with Keele University)
  • Total People (apprenticeships)
  • MPloy Solutions (external careers service)
  • Pledge (linking the school with local and national employers)
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator (Careers and Enterprise Company)

Our careers lead provides up to date information as to employment opportunities and college events throughout Year 11 and beyond into further education and onto higher education at degree level.  

Managing & Reviewing Careers
We use Compass (Enterprise & Careers Company) as an evaluation tool to assess and benchmark progress (termly) against the Gatsby benchmarks 

Alumni Group

We also have an alumni group set up at The Oaks Academy where we encourage our former students to keep in touch and share their academic journeys with us.

If you have any questions regarding careers or would like further advise, please send an email to

Student Entitlement and Gatsby Benchmarks 

As a school we work closely with advisory bodies to deliver the most appropriate careers advice and guidance.  The Gatsby Benchmarks are used to review and check our provision and we review this on an annual basis using the Compass evaluation tool which in endorsed by the Careers and Enterprise company.  

Student Entitlement 
By the end of KS4 (14-16) students will:
  • Have produced a personal careers action plan
  • Completed a CV
  • Undertaken at least one week based with an employer
  • ‘Be aware of all their post 16 options’ and be able to effectively apply for the next stage of their education/employment
  • Be able to access a variety of sources of information about careers and labour market opportunities, including attending the careers fair
  • Had access to at least one careers interview

Careers Events

Throughout the year a range of events and information evenings are offered by Local Sixth Forms, Further Educational and Land-based Colleges as well as apprenticeship providers and employers.  We will publish information about upcoming events via our social media platforms.  This will also be sent directly to parents and students who may benefit from this information.

External Links

Barclays Life Skills (links to producing a CV and virtual work experience) –

Total People (Middlewich) Apprenticeships and opportunities for post 16

The National Apprenticeship Service –

Reaseheath College – Reaseheath Discovery Hub: exclusive on-demand content

MPloy Solutions