Penrice Careers Plan

Penrice Academy is committed to providing our students with a programme of careers, education, information, advice and guidance for all students in Years 7 -11, in partnership with external agencies.

It endeavours to deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks and other relevant guidance and is working towards the new Quality in Careers Standard Award, which recognises the high quality provision within an institution.

Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Meet the Team

Mrs Lorraine Turner
Careers Lead
Tel: 01726 72163 ext 2885


Mr Gavin Thomas
Assistant Headteacher (Careers Line Manager)
Tel: 01726 72163 ext 2848

Other Key Personnel
Link Governor – Rob Parker
Careers Enterprise Advisers – Sarah Hathaway, Owen Hazell
Enterprise Adviser – Francesco Rigolli


Penrice Academy’s Career and Education Policy has the following aims:

  • To contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially increasing motivation
  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotypes and promote equality of opportunity
  • To encourage participation in continued learning, including further, higher education and apprenticeships
  • To encourage employer engagement
  • To develop enterprise and employment skills
  • To reduce the drop out from course switching in education and training
  • To contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities
  • To meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation
  • To focus students on their future aspirations
  • To involve parents/carers


Funding is allocated to CEIAG and Work Experience on an annual basis. The Assistant Headteacher is responsible for the effective deployment of resources.

The majority of the resources are now digital based. However, the Academy CORE does include a general Careers Information and Further and Higher Education Information Sections.

Careers Plan

The Careers programme includes careers education sessions, career guidance activities, information and research activities, work-related learning and individual learning activities. Other events and activities are planned and organised throughout the year e.g. Enterprise Day, college and University visits, Employer fairs, “Focus On….” weeks.

Careers education is delivered in “focus” weeks by the Tutors as directed by the Career Lead at appropriate points throughout the academic year. Individual faculties are responsible for organising and incorporating careers into their curriculum with the direction and support from the Careers Leader.

Each Year Team and Faculty has a link member of staff and is responsible to the Careers Leader. The SEND Team also has a link member of staff to advise on differentiation and careers needs of the Record of Need (RON) and potential Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) target group.

  • Careers South West works with our targeted students in Year 9 – 11 and provides the Academy with Destination data.
  • Careers 4U provide one to one independent, impartial careers guidance to every Year 11 student during the Autumn Term culminating in a Personal Action Plan. It also supports students on Examination Results Day.
  • RIO – Real Ideas Organisation deliver 1-2-1 support for students in Year 10 and the Year 11 Gamechanger Programme. Gamechanger continues to support students after they are off roll until September when they begin college/apprenticeships.
  • Dynamo Healthcare – Delivery of workshops and 1-2-1 support for Year 10 and 11 at risk of NEET, includes emotion welling and employability.
  • CHAOS group Compass Programme – Delivery of workshops and 1-2-1 support for Year 11 at risk of NEET, includes emotion welling and employability.
  • Next Steps South West is an integral part of the CEIAG programme when promoting Higher Education opportunities.
  • Cornwall Careers Hub works closely with our Careers Enterprise Co-ordinator, Careers Enterprise Advisers and the Careers Lead to provide training and support.
  • Cornwall Education Business Partnership help and support the Work Experience Programme.
  • The National Citzenship Service (NCS) encourage Year 11 students to take part in their programme during the summer of Year 11.
  • Local Sixth Forms and Colleges provide support in the form of presentations, advice sessions, Drop including and Taster Days.
  • Penrice Academy has very good relationships with local business and industry and is keen to build employer engagement, for example at the Careers Fair.

Measuring Impact

Penrice Academy will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school. In addition, the views of students and parents will be surveyed after key events. e.g. Year 10 Work Experience Programme.

FE/Training Provider Access

Penrice Academy believes in giving FE, HE and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils at the school. You can view the Provider Access Policy below.

The full Careers Education Policy is also available at the bottom of this page.

Useful Websites

National Careers Service a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.

Find an Apprenticeship – the government website listing Apprenticeships in England

Amazing Apprenticeships – a website for anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeships. The website has a search facility for job specific apprenticeships in a particular area.

Career Pilot comprehensive information on the jobs market in the south-west. Contains information on the main employment sectors, including the number of people working in that sector and whether the number is projected to increase or fall. In addition, information on job salaries, relevant subject areas, top employers and types of apprenticeships.

Icould – helpful videos about a wide range of job roles.

Veryan – this is an extremely useful tool when looking for a Work Experience placement. It has a range of occupational sectors to select from, within each sector there is a list of companies who have participated in the scheme. From this you are able to access the type of job, contact details etc.

UCAS – a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education. Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships.

Bodmin Sixth Form College For all information regarding FE Courses, advice sessions, open days etc.

Callywith College For all information regarding FE  and HE Courses, advice sessions, open days etc.

Cornwall College For all information regarding FE and HE Courses, advice sessions, open days etc.

Truro College For all information regarding FE and HE Courses, advice sessions, open days etc.

Newquay Tretherras Sixth Form For all information regarding courses, advice sessions, open days etc