“Plan for the future because that's where you are going to spend the rest of your life.” (Mark Twain, American writer)

Young people today have more choice about what to do in the future than ever before and it is more critical than ever that we are working with students to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to be successful in the world of work in the 21st Century.  Our aim is to provide parents, carers and our students with independent, impartial advice to allow the young people in our care to make well informed, realistic decisions about their future and plan accordingly.

Much of our careers work is done through Personal Development & Careers lessons (PD&C), with modules being taught in every year group.  The opportunities to develop these skills are numerous and varied across all year groups.

Careers programme

We believe that developing employability skills is critical to ensuring that students are prepared for the workplace.   As a result, we have committed to all students in Year 10 and Year 12 undertaking a work experience placement.  This allows them to develop (and also evidence) the vital transferable skills which future employers are looking for. 

There are a wide number of additional activities planned to prepare our students for the world of work such as mock interviews in Year 11 as well as careers interviews that take place throughout year 8-13.  We have a registered Level 6 Careers Advisor (Mrs S Shemilt) available to support students and parents with information, advice and guidance.  Further information can be requested via the following methods shemilts@elizabethan.notts.sch.uk or 01777 713700 ext 616. 

The member of SLT with overall responsibility for Careers is Mrs K Ward - Assistant Principal (Curriculum) and Careers Leader wardk@elizabethan.notts.sch.uk or 01777 713700 ext 667.   

The Academy Careers Information and Guidance Policy can be found by following the link below.

Careers Information and Guidance Policy



Advice and support for parents and carers

You may find the following external websites useful:

BBC Bitesize - Whether you're deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, we're here to explain the world of work, with advice from people who've found the right path for them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 years olds with their future career potential: https://www.startprofile.com/


The National Careers Service is an independent body which provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.  Their website can be accessed at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/; alternatively their telephone helpline is available between 8am and 10pm seven days a week on 0800 100 900.


The SACU website is a helping hand to help you with your step step after school: www.sacustudent.com


icould is a small charity providing career inspiration for young people.  They show what is possible in work and other different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories: https://icould.com


The Apprenticeship Guide contains all you need to know about apprenticeships, including links to vacancies locally and nationally: http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/


Parental Guidance is a website providing careers information for parents and carers, to help and advise the young people in their care: http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk


Parent Advisor is a website which provides advice for parents of the career options available for their children http://www.parentadviser.co.uk/


Which university – impartial parent information/advice on options available and student finances: http://university.which.co.uk/advice/advice-for-parents/university-parent-guide

UCAS – parent guide 2018 on everything you need to support your child with their higher education choices: https://www.ucas.com/file/101806/download?token=2DHk4PXV


Springpod – is a great way of browsing for apprenticeship vacancies,

easy and straightforward to use. It allows you to filter and search for

vacancies. Create an account and enjoy the video's as part of your

research and find your next step: https://app.springpod.co.uk/sign-in


Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open

up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group

universities: https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/


Other available resources