Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance makes a major contribution towards preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. In order to help them make a successful transition into a well-matched place of work all young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make informed decisions.

Preston school are fully committed to providing a rigorous and stable CEIAG programme and as such utilise the statutory Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers (2018) framework as a minimum starting point for our careers-based provision rather than the limit of our potential. We work hard to ensure that we meet each element of the Gatsby Benchmarks and review the impact of our careers programme on an annual basis.

Why do we provide careers advice?

Independent and impartial careers advice is vital in schools, as well as a legal requirement.  It helps students develop the skills and their ability to make appropriate career decisions, allowing them to progress beyond school and into education and the world of work.

How do we deliver careers at Preston School?

Our careers offer is delivered in a variety of ways, which we review and adapt each year. These events include:

  • Specific activities and events e.g. Careers Fair
  • 1:1 Interviews
  • Group work
  • Curriculum and PHSE Lessons

How do we know if it works?

As a successful provider of a stable careers programme, we regularly look to evaluate and review our offering, making improvements where necessary. This process of feedback and improvement is driven through the fortnightly meeting of our Careers team, who regularly look at recent events on the careers calendar to ensure their continued high quality. Students undertaking elements from our careers programme are asked to fill in evaluative surveys, either on paper or online, as well as their parents when possible. The data from these are reviewed and used to provide alternative provision if the offering was not felt to be up to standard

If you would like to provide feedback on any aspect of our careers programme, please contact Matthew Doble by emailing:

Our Careers Advisors

We pride ourselves on offering all students specialist Careers Advice and Guidance through our dedicated Careers Advisors, Nina Allen and Lee-Anne Hewltson. Throughout Years 10 and 11 all students will meet with a careers advisor for a 1-1 interview and be provided with any guidance that they may need to help them make the best choices for their future. Advice interviews are also available on request for students in the younger years.

Families are welcome to attend these interviews when this is deemed helpful. To arrange this, please contact Matthew Doble by emailing: 

Our Careers Policy

Our most recent Careers Policy, updated bi-annually and overseen by our link Governor, outlines the backbone of our careers programme, student entitlement and our commitments. It is available to view here.

Our Careers Programme

At Preston, we are committed to providing a detailed, varied and employment focused careers programme, which fully meets each of the Gatsby Benchmarks. As part of this commitment, our Careers Programme, is available here.

Our Provider Access Statement

Introduced in 2017, the Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. Preston School are fully committed to meeting the Baker Clause for each our students, as outlined in our Provider Access Statement.

As outlined within our Careers Policy, Preston are committed to providing students with access to employers, training providers and further educational establishments. If you are looking to undertake an assembly, specific class event or to get involved in our enterprise days, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our access statement, including full details on how best to contact us, is available here.

Our Partners

We are committed to working with a wide range of organisations to support the delivery of our career’s provision in the most effective way possible. You can find below details of the key links that we utilise for students during each academic year:

Inspired to Achieve

Inspire to Achieve (i2a) are a subsidiary of Yarlington Housing Group and are providers of impartial, independent careers information, advice and guidance.  

Our aim is to raise aspirations and improve the life chances of our customers. We aim to help young people access appropriate opportunities and help them fulfil their aspirations. Our advisers work with students in schools to identify their individual needs and to steer them towards successful progression. 

Preston School has commissioned us to provide a comprehensive range of services such as; one-to-one interviews and group work to meet the needs of pupils. Find out more about what i2a offers by visiting our website at:

Next Steps South West

Next Steps South West (NSSW) is a partnership of 14 local universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, funded by the Office for Students (OfS) Uni Connect programme. We help young people navigate their way to higher education, including Higher and Degree apprenticeships.

We aim to inspire students aged 13-19 years old to fulfil their potential. We believe every student should have fair access to impartial information on study routes and career paths, in order to make an informed decision about their future.

For more information click here.

Careers and Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company exists to facilitate a world-class careers education, inspiring and preparing young people for the world of work.

Every young person deserves the best possible start to their working life; to choose their path, fulfil their potential and contribute to a thriving economy. Over recent years, The Careers and Enterprise Company has established the foundations of a new approach to long-standing issues affecting the quality and availability of careers education for young people across England. Their work began with a transformative employer-led programme to connect business with education. Today, they support schools and colleges to deliver world-class careers education, responsive to individual pupil needs and underpinned by the internationally recognised Gatsby Career Benchmarks.

We have learnt that well-resourced, nationally coordinated, and locally tailored provision, with active employer involvement, unlocks opportunity for young people.

To find out more, please visit;

Looking to become a partner?

Are you a local employer looking to engage with young people? A higher education provider looking to provide our students with information or an organisation looking to undertake outreach work? If so, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Matthew Doble by emailing: 

Investors in Careers

Investor in Careers is an accredited national licensed awarding body for the Quality in Careers Standard status for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) provision. Preston School are committed to meeting this accreditation by July 2021.

If you would like more information, please see:

Destinations Data – September 2021

We are exceptionally proud to have 99.5% of students from Preston moving into further education or training in September 2021, the highest mainstream value in Somerset. The breakdown of this is:

  • Further Education (College) – 148
  • Further Education (Sixth Form) – 30
  • Apprenticeships – 10
  • Traineeships – 2
  • Employment with Training – 1

Destinations Data – September 2020

We are proud of our destinations data with no students listed as not in education or further training from our 2020 cohort of students.

In 2020, our students progressed onto the following destinations:

  • Further Education (College) – 169
  • Further Education (Sixth Form) – 15
  • Apprenticeships – 7
  • Traineeships – 2
  • Employment with Training – 1

Leadership of Careers

As outlined by the Gatsby Benchmarks, Preston are committed to providing a stable career programmed with a named Senior Leadership Team link. At present, the Careers team are made up of:

Matt Doble – Senior Leadership Team Careers Lead
Telephone: 01935 471131

Nina Allen – Careers Advisor
Telephone: 07833 288 945

Mandy Noone – Careers Advisor
Telephone: 01935 471131



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