Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is a key responsibility for every school but it is one that is taken particularly serious at The Friary.

Our most recent OFSTED Reports (March 2014) was very positive about our CEIAG provision:

“The school provides a broad, balanced curriculum that meets the needs and aspirations of its students and supports successful progression across key stages. Information, advice and guidance are embedded in the curriculum and additional and specific support is provided for students in Year 11 and for those for whom the school receives the pupil premium. Consequently, all students either gain employment or proceed to further education or training at the end of Year 11 and Year 13.”

More recently, amidst a lot of high praise, the OFSTED team (November 2017) recognised the strength of our CEIAG provision remained:

“Pupils at the school are well prepared for the next stage of their education, including the in the thriving and lively Sixth Form.”

Even so, we have not been prepared to rest on our laurels and have extended the provision up a further notch and are looking to progress towards a National Award for our CEIAG provision.

You can read more about our CEIAG support and access to providers for independent careers advice by reading our CEIAG Provider Access Statement.

The Raising Aspirations Programme

Our Raising Aspirations Programme is an integral part of school life – with ASPIRATIONS being a key strand of The Friary Ethic – and it is run by our Aspirations Mentor, Faye Banks.

This scheme sees a series of sessions and events which not only encourage our students to identify their aspirations but also drills down to map out the precise steps needed to turn an amazing dream into a fantastic reality.

This programme focuses on supporting students through the 14-19 curriculum and equips them to take their next steps into GCSEs, Sixth Form, colleges, apprenticeships or employment.

The programme ranges from student / parent aspiration evenings to UCAS preparation evenings, university workshops to regional careers fayres, careers talks to Focus Weeks, and targeted aspiration meetings to work experience placements.

Careers Guidance

In addition, we provide focused careers guidance which sees our external Careers Advisor, Giselle Douglas, running a series of 1-to-1 meetings to guide students to the next stage of their journey.

This support is also backed up by Focus Weeks (such as National Careers Week or National Science & Engineering Week), PHSEE sessions on enterprise education, and focused assemblies.

The school also subscribes to Unifrog – an excellent online resource on careers and further education – and all students are given a username and password to access this facility.

Further Information

Labour Market Information July – September 2019

All of this provision is regularly reported on the website News Feed and Twitter account, as well as via our termly School Newsletter.

If you require support to guide yourself, or your child, to the next stage of education or employment then please contact Mrs Carrie Cain via school reception (Tel 01543 267 400).

Equally, there are excellent websites to inform career development including:

If you require support to guide yourself, or your child, to the next stage of education or employment then please contact Mrs Carrie Cain via