Penrice Careers Plan

Careers at Penrice

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

We endeavour to deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks and other relevant guidance and are 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 in 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.


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 where possible


Funding is allocated to CEIAG and Work Experience on an annual basis. The Assistant Principal 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 section and Further Education and Higher Education Information Section.

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. Careers Fair, Enterprise Day, Why Would You and Go 4 IT.

Careers education is delivered within tutorial time 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.  Each Year Team and Faculty has a link member of staff and is responsible to the Careers Lead.

  • 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.
  • Next Steps South West is an integral part of the CEIAG programme when promoting Higher Education opportunities.
  • Careers Enterprise works closely with our 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 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. the Careers Fair, 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 below.

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.

Apprenticeships UK 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.

Careers Team

Careers Lead – Lorraine Turner,, 01726 72163 – ext 287

Careers Line Manager – Richard Cardigan,, 01726 72163 – ext 273

Link Governor –  Rob Parker

Careers Enterprise Adviser – Sarah Hathaway