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Lodge Park Academy

Lodge Park Academy understands the importance of a strong academic foundation. Our academy offers a diverse curriculum and enrichment offering to create well-rounded and confident students.

Careers Guidance & Post 16

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) is designed to prepare students for life in modern Britain and by definition is a means of developing a young person's knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills so that they are able to make well-informed and thought through choices relating to further learning and work, now and in the future.

Lodge Park Academy aims to provide good quality, impartial information, advice and guidance to all students from Year 7 to Year 13. This guidance allows us to support our students and allow them to make information decisions for their post-16 choices following Year 11, but also their option choices for GCSE subjects in Year 9.

All information published on the CEIAG webpage will be checked at the end of each academic term with the next review of information due to take place in September 2020.

Who to contact for more information

Our CEIAG Co-ordinator is Mr York, who can be contacted via email or by phone on 01536 203817.

Measuring the impact of CEIAG

As an academy we use Compass – the careers benchmark tool as outlined in the Gatsby benchmarks to assess and improve our current CEIAG provision.

Our progress against the Gatsby benchmarks will be reviewed regularly throughout the academic year to help us meet all of the 8 benchmarks.

We will monitor the impact of our action plan and the CEIAG we deliver mainly through feedback from students and staff.  All activities will be reviewed to ensure all goals and aims are met. As an academy we will also work with parents, employers and stakeholders to ensure that students are able to make informed choices about their future. All information published on the CEIAG webpage will be checked at the end of each academic term with the next review of information due to take place in January 2021.


Students will cover a different topic each term related to careers across Year 7 to Year 11.

In Year 12 and 13 these skills are covered more frequently and relate directly to the specific requirements needed at this age. The plans for each year group are viewable from the academy website.


All students have to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they are 18.

This does not mean however that young people must stay in school or remain at Lodge Park Academy.

Students are able to choose from the following:

  • full-time education (e.g. at a school or college)
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
    • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
    • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Prospects provides the careers service for Northamptonshire making sure young people most in need of specialist help can access the guidance and support they need to move into education, employment and training. This one-to-one service is offered in Lodge Park to targeted students from Year 10 onwards and referrals to this service will come via the Careers Leader, Heads of Year and SENDCo. The majority of students will therefore receive their guidance from sessions and visitors within the academy.  All students will have group sessions with Prospects, starting from Year 8, to introduce them to the Independent Service provider.

Useful websites on Careers 

The government website has details of all apprenticeships available nationwide.

This national careers service website provides information, advice and guidance to students to help them make decisions on learning, training and work. 

This website provides information needed for careers in the NHS.

A website for parents and carers which offers advice that can be given to help teenagers choose their career path. 

A website for parents and carers which offers free and impartial advice from the Careers Writers Association about your child’s next steps.

SEMLEP stands for South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. They work with local companies to look at economic growth and support local schools with developing careers programs and sharing information. 

A website which is used to apply for university by students in Year 13. 

A website which compares the best University & degree courses for free - Degree course rankings, university reviews, degree course details and university profiles to help students decide where to study. 

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. 

Websites for the army, navy and RAF.

A website which explains the routes into policing.

vinspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds. vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.

Careersbox is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs.

Careermag is an online information magazine for parents, carers, students and teachers where they can get up to date Labour Market Information and career support and advice.


Where ever the opportunity arises our teachers will try to discuss in their subject areas about the career opportunities related to their subject specialism.

Staff are also able to offer guidance at parent’s evenings.


At Lodge Park Academy we want to work with employers as research shows that young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers whilst at school are significantly less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and can expect, when in full-time employment, to earn up to 18% more than peers who had no such workplace encounters.

The research also shows that engagement not only allows employers to add value to schools and the lives of young people, but that young people and schools in turn give huge value to employers. In addition to the hard business case for engaging with schools there is a soft business case. Employers told us that volunteering their time to help young people brings their employees joy, increases brand loyalty and importantly helps young people to consider certain career paths and industries for the first time.

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