At Canon Slade our aim is to help all students to achieve their full potential. In line with the Gatsby Benchmarks our careers advice and guidance is designed to help pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed and successful choices.  Wherever an individual’s talents or interests lie we endeavor to nurture every student so that they can follow their dream and maximise their potential

We measure the impact of our careers provision on students by monitoring and evaluating the quality of our activities and how we deliver them. We take and value feedback from students, parents, staff and our external providers and we analyse the destinations of our students. We also use the Compass report and the Quality in Careers Standard to continually improve. All of these inform our future planning.

Students from Years 7 – 11 follow the STEPS Careers Programme.


What We Provide Year by Year


Year 7

Year 8

In line with statutory requirements, all students from Year 8 upwards are able to access Impartial Advice and Guidance which is provided by our Careers Advisor, Mrs  Maree from Connexions. Mrs Maree is in school every Thursday and is situated in the Careers Hub, Canon Slade School.


  • Assembly talks from employers and colleges (See our Partner Contribution  for more information.)
  • Taster visits to Colleges and Universities
  • STEM Events

Year 9

In addition to the activities offered in Years 7 and 8, an Options Evening is held in Year 9 to assist students in choosing the subjects they wish to pursue at GCSE. The School’s Careers Advisor will be available to parents and students to offer advice on choosing subjects appropriate to career choices.

Year 10

In addition to Years 7,8 and 9, students at the end of Year 10 receive guidance in accessing the UCAS website and creating CVs and Personal Statements.

Year 11

In addition to all other Years activities, students in Year 11 will be offered a one to one appointment to see Mrs Maree to help them with future career choices and post-16 learning. Other year groups can request an interview through their Head of Year or Mrs Cullum, CEIAG Officer.

Students in Year 11 also have the opportunity to take part in a work experience week in a wide range of occupational areas. This programme gives students a valuable insight into the world of work and assists them in both developing their own employability skills and making good choices for the future.

Sixth Form

Mrs Osborne supports Sixth Form students making Oxbridge applications or applying for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary degrees.  Through working with our Partners, students also get support with interview techniques, personal statement writing and letters of application.  Information and advice on future careers and apprenticeship is available from key staff .   We also have an excellent careers section in the school library which has many useful publications giving advice on different occupations alongside university prospectuses and guides to employability.

Annual Careers Convention

The annual Careers Convention is very popular and available to students from Years 9 to 13. It is an excellent way to talk with  representatives from a range FE and HE establishments as well as an array of representatives from Industry.  In Year 11 our Sixth Form hold a Pathways Event. The purpose of this is to allow students to attend taster sessions for subjects they are considering studying at ‘A’ level. Representatives from training providers offering apprenticeships and the Armed Forces also take part in the day. Work Experience is a key element of our careers and guidance programme.

 At all Times

Tutors give individual help in making sure that students are well prepared for the next stage of their education. There is guidance on writing personal statements and applying for student finance. There are a number of visits to local universities and seminars for parents and students on future choices.


If you want to discuss anything career related please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Cullum, CEIAG Officer using the contact form on the right-hand side of this page.

Mrs M Cullum

Mrs M Cullum

CEAIG Officer

Miss Monks

Connexions Advisor

Ms Monks is in school each Tuesday and situated in the Careers Hub. If you would like to make an appointment to speak to her, please contact Mrs Cullum or your Head of Year.

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