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Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Careers and Guidance

Careers Lead

Martyn Searles - Assistant Head Teacher

Contact Details: Tel: 0191 421 2244

For more information about our Careers Programme, Statutory Duty, Gatsby Benchmarks and provider access, please see below.

Statutory Duty

Heworth Grange School has a responsibility to ensure all registered students at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13-year-olds) to year 13 (17-18-year-olds), (Education Act 1997, section 2A).

  • It must be provided in an impartial manner
  • It should explore the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways
  • Advice should promote the students’ best interests

Heworth Grange School is required to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access students in years 8 to 13 for the purposes of informing them about approved technical education, qualifications or apprenticeships.

We also have a Provider Access Policy that outlines the circumstances in which education and training providers will be given access to these students. (Education Act 1997, section 42B)

Heworth Grange School endeavours to follow best practice guidance from The Department of Education and other expert and professional bodies.


How We Meet Statutory Duty

Education Act 1997, section 2A

As well as our Learning for Life curriculum, Heworth Grange provides students with access to some external sources of careers guidance.  This includes:

  • Careers Fairs
  • Employer visits and talks
  • College and University visits
  • Work experience
  • Face to face, student-focused impartial career advice and guidance interviews
  • Please refer to our Careers and IAG Policy for more information.

Provider Access Education Act 1997, section 42B

Any education, training or apprenticeship provider wishing to request access should contact Claire Bell, Careers Officer. The provider should email their request to:

Telephone: 0191 421 2244

The provider should work with the school to organise a range of dates and an overview of what will be offered. Please refer to our Provider Access Policy for more information.

Careers Programme

As well as statutory duty, Heworth Grange School’s Careers Programme is guided by the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance. Heworth Grange School endeavours to continually improve careers provision and achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks:



1. A Stable Careers Programme

Collaboration with HOY and SLT to establish an annual plan for all year groups. 

We meet statutory duty by giving access via our school website. 

We have a link Governor, Jon Timmis, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Sunderland University

We have a careers department budget. 

2. Learning from career and labour market information 

Students can access up to date LMI via Learning for Life lessons, assemblies, careers fairs, open days. 

Parents can access up to date LMI via our careers website and are invited to careers fairs. 

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

We actively seek to raise students' aspirations and challenge stereotypical thinking in Learning for Life lessons (PSHE) and through the additional careers activities that take place throughout the year. 

E.g., Destination Success 


We work with the local authority, share data on pupil destinations and collect and maintain data for 3 years after pupils leave our school. 


We work with the local authority and careers advisers around the career's guidance and progression of vulnerable and SEND students.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

Our Learning for Life (PSHE) subject lessons highlights the relevance of future career paths through work-related learning, and we plan to extend this across the curriculum.

5. Encounters with employers and employees 

Most of our pupils have at least one encounter with an employer every year that they are at school. 

On average, by the time they leave school they will have had five encounters with an employer. 

We usually involve four employers in careers activities over an academic year. 

6. Workplace experiences

The overwhelming majority of our students have had an experience of a workplace by the time they leave school at year 11. 

7. Encounters with further and higher education

The overwhelming majority of our pupils have had meaningful encounters with: 

Further and Higher education providers. Pupils are also given information about the full range of apprenticeships, including higher level apprenticeships. 

8. Personal Guidance

We adhere to statutory duty: students are given a careers guidance interview by a Level 6 qualified Careers Advisor. 

We work with the local authority to ensure students who have an EHCP and vulnerable pupils at risk of NEET are given extra help.  



Many of our activities are posted on our Facebook and Twitter page, please show your support by following, liking and sharing our posts.


Facebook: Heworth Grange School

Instagram: @heworthgrangeacademy


How We Monitor & Evaluate Our Provision

  • We use the Careers Compass tracker tool to monitor our practice against the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • We collect student, teacher, provider, employer, and parental feedback on CEIAG experiences
    • This is done by:
      • Feedback and evaluation forms
      • Google Forms
      • Text/Email requests
      • Participation/attendance figures
  • We monitor NEET figures to access the impact of our provision
    • This is done by:
      • Recording destination information
      • Reporting information to and working with the Local Authority
      • Working with local Post 16 providers
  • We report our findings to our Governing Body and Consilium Trust
    • This is done by:
      • Termly meetings
      • Termly summary updates
      • Annual reports

Destination Data 2019

Destination Data 2020


Heworth Grange School would like to strengthen its link with employers to raise aspirations and attainment, supporting our students to achieve their full potential.

As an employer, you can help us give our students the opportunity to learn about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

We are looking for employers who can:

  • Deliver career talks in assemblies or classroom
  • Give inspirational presentations/speech
  • Offer work experience placements to students
  • Offer a workplace visit

If you are interested in supporting our school we would be delighted to hear from you.

Contact:, 0191 421 2244



Heworth Grange School is aiming to develop and build up an Alumni Member Group and welcome ex-pupils to support and help us raise students’ aspirations by asking alumni to come into school to talk to students.

If you attended Heworth Grange School and are interested in becoming an Alumni member, please contact Claire Frater, Careers Officer

0191 421 2244


Finding Careers Information Services

Schools and colleges in the UK provide careers information, advice and guidance, including guidance on writing CV’s using CV builders. For further research, try:

Local Post 16 Education & Training Providers

Access Training

East Durham College

Gateshead College

Newcastle College

Newcastle 6th Form College

Sunderland College

South Tyneside College


Sunderland Engineering Training Association (SETA)

Tyne North Training

TDR Training

If you are a local provider and would like to be listed here on our website, please email: