The Bay CE School Careers Programme 2021/22 (Secondary)

We have an inspiring Careers programme designed to develop students’ employability, career management and learning skills.  Our students have benefitted greatly from the support of excellent links with post-16 providers and employers.  We are very proud of the progress of so many of our students. Click here to visit our Alumni page.

Click here to read our Bay CE School Careers Newsletters.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework which provide our students with 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges;

Gatsby Benchmarks
 A stable careers programme Our careers programme is delivered through our:

PSHE programme

PixL Edge Personal Development Framework

Active tutorial programme

Subject promotion of specialist careers

Additional opportunities eg guest speakers and business links

Learning from labour market information We are very much aware of the changing nature of the world of work and the importance of developing key, transferable skills.  For this reason we actively embrace the challenges of LORIC (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication) through the PixL Edge Apprentice Programme,  We review our curriculum each year to ensure it meets the needs of the students and the community, with a balance between GCSE and vocational subject areas
Addressing the needs of each pupil Every student had a Careers and Employability Plan which they build upon throughout their school life.  Hosted in their Student Achievement file, they build up an evidence portfolio around this and review each year.  Annual surveys allow us to monitor changes and aspirations and adapt our schedule of speakers, assemblies and external input accordingly.
Linking learning curriculum to careers The Careers Programme is also embedded across the school through the curriculum links.  Teachers are responsible for promoting their subjects and the relevance of the curriculum by adding real life context to lessons and linking subjects to careers and the real world.  Cross-curricular skills are also developed enabling students to become lifelong learners.
Encounters with employers and employees We have traditionally enjoyed excellent links with local employers, businesses and organisations.  The Young Enterprise programme and business links have been valued.  Whilst this has been somewhat restricted during recent months, we hope to offer opportunities again in the future.
Experiences of workplaces The experience of the working world is invaluable.  We encourage all students to undertake some form of work placement, shadowing observing and learning from others.  In the current contect, such opportunities will be limited for some time.

We will however encourage placements to take place at weekends / school holidays in the future.

Encounters with further and higher education We are rebuilding some excellent links in for Christ The King, IOW College, HTP, The Island VI Form, Cowes Enterprise, UKSA, Portsmouth, Havant & South Downs, Brockenhurst and Highbury Colleges
Personal guidance The Morrisby Careers platform is a wonderful opportunity for our students to find out about themselves, undertaking an aspirations survey which results in a career analysis and report designed especially for them.

Click here to view The Bay CE Secondary School Careers Timeline

Click here to view The Bay CE School Application for Provider Access.

Tutors guide their students through the post-14 preference process and follow up conversations and interviews take place with senior teachers.  In year 10, following our careers and post-16 opportunities review, we host progression interviews with senior staff.

One to one guidance interviews are conducted by our independent Careers Adviser Ian Riley (Diploma in Career Guidance, Level 6) from Island Futures  –

Every student is treated individually and students are supported with their decisions and the application process.  Students are prepared for each transition point and the choices they make during assembles, options evenings, small group sessions and 1-1 interviews.

Students in years 10 and 11 will have at least one impartial career guidance interview with Ian Riley as well as consistent support from the Careers Department.  Parents and carers will be notified of their child’s careers appointment in advance and will receive a summary of the discussion.

We do like students to be really prepared by the start of year 11 and ready for the Autumn term of further education visits, applications and interviews.  For this reason, the majority of school ‘input’ is undertaken before year 11 to allow students the time to focus on their academic study.  However, further progression interviews take place and our students continue to be supported by Island Futures.

Hampshire Careers Partners – Your Future, Your Options Booklet

Click here for this useful booklet on A Levels, T Levels, Vocational Qualifications, Apprenticeships, CV writing and much more

Island Futures

Island Futures have developed a FREE interactive programme of career activities for Year 11 students, covering part-time work, college, apprenticeships and more.

The programme started Monday 7 June, and runs until Friday 13 August with a GCSE results service and our final live career event.

During the course of the programme, students will have the opportunity to take part in activities, live events and speak to a qualified careers adviser. To compliment the programme, we have also developed a newsletter specifically for Year 11 students.

A full schedule of events and further information including a weekly road map of activities can be found in the links below.

What’s next schedule

What’s next roadmap

Platform One

Click here for information on extended diploma opportunities in Music Performance and Music Production & Music Technology

Careers Week – 5th-9th July 2021


Students in all year groups at The Bay CE School had the chance to learn about a wide variety of careers and post-16 opportunities during ‘Careers Week,’ which took place from 5th-9th July 2021. 


The schedule for the week included:

A Post-16 Opportunities Fair for all Year 10 and Year 11 students

Careers Talks:

Tourism – Stephen Treadwell 

Photography – Jennifer Stone

Law –  Rebecca MaVarish 

NHS – Teresa Gaudian

Radiography – Laura Thompson

Teaching – Mr Price, Mr Bricknell and Mr Johnson

Pilot – Ian Middleton

Apprenticeships – Simon Attrill

Climate Change – Daneen Cowling, Alex Robertson, Nigel George

The talks allowed for students with an interest in that particular career to go along and find out more information. Laura Thompson is a Radiographer for the NHS, she spoke about how she started as a helper in the radiology department and ended up completing her degree and qualified as a radiographer. She answered many questions from interested students who were keen to know what she enjoyed about her job and which GCSEs they should study for a career in radiography. 

Ian Middleton is an airline pilot, he spoke to students about his career and different roles in the aviation industry. Nigel George from Artecology shared some of the exciting projects he has been working on to create solutions designed to boost the natural world and to bring wildlife to our built environments. 

Simon Denness, Managing Director of Simon Denness Architecture spoke to students about how he got into architecture, the different roles in the field and how they relate to subjects in school. 

“The talk from Simon Denness, Architect, was really inspirational. It has made me focussed and determined that I can do this job in the future.” 

Mica Salatan (Year 9 – age 14)

One of the highlights of the week were the talks from ex-students about careers in climate change. Daneen Cowling (Assistant Project Manager at ADAS RSK UK -Environmental Consultancy) and Alex Robertson (GreenHouse PR) inspired students to think about careers in the green sector. They talked passionately about the climate emergency we are in and that governments are finally taking notice and action so a job in this sector is futureproof. They both talked about the importance of following your interests and upskilling yourself in skills such as coding, mapping and handling data. 

Daneen also held a workshop about getting women into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) jobs. She shared the statistics about how women are so underrepresented in these industries and inspired Bay students to pursue jobs in this field and push past the stereotypes. She gave girls tips on how to succeed and encouraged them to be role models for the next generation. 

Alex Robertson, Greenhouse PR

The school gave me so many opportunities so I want to give something back to the students. It was great to come in and inspire students to think about careers in such an important industry during our climate emergency.” 

Daneen Cowling (ADAS RSK UK)

“I have really enjoyed engaging with young people and inspiring them to take every opportunity available to them to develop their skills and knowledge. I hope I have encouraged students to be critical thinkers, to keep asking and to keep challenging.”


Useful links

Career Coach – Hampshire & Isle of wight

Career Companion

Island Futures

Morrisby Careers

Future Learn

If you would like any further information about our Careers Programme please contact:

Mrs  L Walters, Assistant Headteacher
Telephone: 01983 403284 



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