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Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance


At Belle Vue Girls’ Academy we strive to offer excellent careers, information, advice and guidance to all our students.

Mrs Pickerden is a qualified and experienced adviser and is responsible for the Information, Advice and Guidance within school. She is also responsible for NEET (Not in Employment Education and Training) figures - ensuring students are not in this category, recording the destinations of students once they leave our school. Mrs Pickerden trains and leads staff delivering the Progression Module (PM). She is also a Life Skills tutor and delivers guidance interviews. She is based in the 6th form office.

Mrs Pickerden is available by email and can arrange to see students from any year at break or lunch times by appointment.

Mrs Crabtree  ( who is the work related learning lead, Mrs Landau ( and Mrs Scott ( who are part of the Enrichment Team also support students with their future plans. They are all based in the Hub and appointments can be arranged by email.

Careers Leader: Mrs K Pickerden
Careers SLT Link: Mrs V Waley
Governor with Responsibility for Careers: To Be Confirmed
Telephone Number: 01274 492341

Provider Access Policy Statement

Careers Policy

Progression Module

Personal Development Curriculum

Careers lessons are delivered to all year groups as part of the personal development programme in tutor time.

Useful links:

Once students have left school they can access further guidance through Connexions:

Key stage 3

Year 7&8

Support is offered to our year 7&8 students to help them to settle in to Belle Vue Girls’ Academy. Every student will know who their pastoral manager is and who they can approach with any concerns.

Students will be introduced to Mrs Pickerden and Mrs Crabtree  and the Enrichment Team and know where they can find them for any careers advice they need at any point in their Belle Vue journey. 

Students will hear at least one speaker from a business or industry, talking about their sphere of work.  Students will have at least one contact with an university or HE provider.

Year 9

Students will be signposted to Mrs Pickerden and Mrs Crabtree and the Enrichment Team for support in making their option choices.

Pupils will be offered contacts with FE/HE providers and the chance to learn about what an apprenticeship is.

Careers lessons continue as part of the Personal Development curriculum, covering topics around decision making and planning for the future. 

Key stage 4

Year 10

Students in year 10 will all have the amazing opportunity to have an experience of the world of work.

Careers lessons continue in tutor time covering topics around interview skills and employers expectations.

Students will have the opportunity to contact Higher and Further Education institutions and to take part in STEM, industry and business projects.

Students will be encouraged to book an appointment with either Mrs Pickerden, Mrs Crabtree Mrs Scott or Mrs Landau to start to discuss their post 16 options.

Year 11

All year 11 will be invited to attend a 1-1 guidance interview between September and January. This will be followed up by group sessions depending on the student’s choice; sessions will include apprenticeship applications, applying to college and applying to 6th forms.

Careers lesson continue in tutor time covering topics around options Post 16 and making effective applications. 

All students will have the opportunity to experience a place of work. They will also benefit from hearing employers talking about their sphere of work.

Key stage 5

Year 12

All Level 3 Post 16 students in year 12 students will work through the Progression Module which is a formal programme of study that provides an opportunity for students to investigate progression routes – primarily to Higher Education.

Content - The module comprises four units:

  • you and your career
  • exploring your future
  • managing your money
  • marketing yourself 

Successful completion of the scheme earns the participant 12 UCAS points, recognised by many of the local universities.

Aim & Objectives

  • to provide a structured and formalised HE preparation programme
  • to encourage progression into Higher Education for all students
  • to support preparation for Higher Education with structured and formalised Higher Education information and guidance programme
  • to encourage informed choices and decisions by individuals
  • to provide formal recognition for the work undertaken by students in preparation for Higher Education

Following completion of the progression module, students will take part in an UCAS day in school. This will involve registering on the UCAS website and also considering alternatives to University. We will have representatives from school leaver’s programmes and an apprenticeship provider.

Every student will be offered a mock interview with an external partner. Subject focus days are promoted in year 12 and students are encouraged to book themselves a place so they have a better understanding of what it will be like to study a particular subject at university.

Year 12 students are encouraged to find their own work experience to fit around their own school timetable and support them in their application for post 18 options. We will also support them to attend taster days at universities, UCAS Fairs and summer schools.

Vocational (Level 2) students will receive a series of work related courses every Monday related to their chosen qualification. They will receive a 1:1 screening interview and help with applications and CVs.

Year 13

In year 13 students continue with a weekly timetabled lesson during the autumn term with support and advice towards their plans once they leave BVGA.

We support students with their applications through UCAS and personal statements until the half term break. We then ask all students to consider other routes; offering sessions on apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.

Students will be supported to complete their Student Finance England (SFE) applications during their IAG lessons.

Year 13 students who are not holding any offers at University will be helped to make effective apprenticeship applications.

Year 13 will be offered help and support from when they finish their A Levels through to the results day and beyond if they are not holding any offers of university places. On our A level results day Mrs Pickerden will be in school to help students with clearing, accepting offers and any other HE related queries.