Careers Introduction

Nick Beale is the Careers/Information/Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Leader with many years’ experience including seven years as Director of Post 16 Studies. He has excellent understanding of post 16 routes and National and Local Labour Market Information. Strong links with colleges, universities and industry have been forged. These relationships provide a wide range of encounters to raise student aspirations.

The school also has Hayley Arthur. She is Level 7 qualified and has over 15 years of experience providing careers advice and guidance to young people in schools and FE colleges. She works for Atlas Careers Ltd, who are engaged by schools to deliver personal and independent career guidance. Her job is to support young people aged 11 to 19 to explore their career aspirations and to make informed decisions about subject choices, further and higher education, apprenticeships and future employment. 

The school is part of the Lancashire Enterprise Advisor Network.  The school works in partnership with Enterprise Coordinator Nicola Roberts from Inspira and with Nicola Richman, an Enterprise Advisor from BAE.

The role of the CEIAG leader is to assist young people’s career learning, planning and development by leading and managing the development of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in the school. The leader advises senior managers and governors on aspects of CEIAG, develops the careers programme, organises resources and ensures that students have access to impartial IAG within school and independently.

If you would like to contact the CEIAG leader please contact school on 01772 682008 or email marking for the attention of Mr N Beale.



In January 2018 the DfE of published the new statutory guidance for Career Guidance in schools.  The purpose to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by qualified and experienced individuals. This statutory guidance has been restructured around the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

The CEIAG Leader along with the Lancashire Enterprise Advisor, SLT, curriculum leaders, external providers, and employers strive for continuous improvement and build on each benchmark further.

The school is strong and committed to all 8 Benchmarks:

  1. A stable Careers programme
  2. Learning from Career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experience of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal Guidance


Please Click here for the Gatsby benchmarks. 

Please Click here for the statutory guidance.

Please click here for the Access Policy 


Our comprehensive programme of Careers Education/Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) begins in Year 7 and is coordinated by our Careers/IAG Leader.  It is delivered through PSHEE/Citizenship, extended learning days and cross-curricular activities. The programme is designed to raise student’s aspirations, enable them to access and receive impartial IAG along with the opportunity to develop skills, explore post 14 & 16 progression routes and enable students to make well informed realistic decisions and manage transitions confidently.

The aim of CEIAG is to raise our student’s aspirations, broaden their horizons, challenge stereotypes and empower them to make well informed realistic decisions at all key transition points in learning and work.  School will ensure that CEIAG is presented in an impartial manner and promotes the best interests of the students.

The CEIAG programme is supported and enhanced by a range of activities including visiting speakers, ‘taster visits’ and specific themed workshops. Carr Hill High School has forged strong links with industries, businesses, colleges, training providers, the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme (ASK) and Armed Forces who provide valued support, help students develop employability skills and enrich the programme. The purpose is to give students the opportunity to explore careers, investigate work and understand the ever changing labour market.


Careers Office & The Hub

Mr Beale is our fully qualified Careers / Information / Advice & Guidance Leader and is in school Monday to Friday based in the Careers Office (found next to Room 20). Our impartial Careers Advisor Hayley Arthur is in school every Wednesday and every student will have at least one careers guidance interview with her. Students in Year 8 also follow an options programme through their Personal Development Programme. 

Students (or parents/carers) may request an interview directly by contacting the school.

Students from any year group are welcome to drop into the Careers Office at break and lunch time with any queries about colleges, apprenticeships, universities or careers in general. There are prospectuses from all the local colleges and training providers, along with a large selection of university brochures and other resources on display in the Hub.

Lunchtime drop in sessions from various colleges and training providers are held on a regular basis – these will be advertised via mentors/TV screens/social media and email. These are a great chance to chat about facilities, courses, and transport and entry requirements.

There is extra information available on various websites for both students and parents. These can be accessed by clicking the links below.




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