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West Hill holds the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’ and successfully passed reassessment in 2021.  West Hill School held the previous version of the award ‘Inspiring IAG’ at Gold level from 2011.  

“West Hill School has a strong and committed careers team of staff who are aspirational and creative in their approach to CEAIG.  The team is well supported by key staff and senior management. The school has made excellent progress since their initial accreditation, particularly around its increasing employer contacts and embedding careers in the curriculum. Congratulations on achieving the Quality in Careers Standard which fully incorporates the Gatsby Benchmarks. This is an excellent achievement and recognises the quality and breadth of your careers provision.”

In addition the following strengths were recognised:

  • There is a commitment to continuous improvement in the quality of the school’s CEIAG provision.
  • Measuring the impact of the units of careers education is excellent practice.
  • There is a proactive and creative approach to CEIAG, evidenced in the outstanding development of the Employability Skills Programme.
  • The Careers Team is well-focused and dedicated to opening up opportunities to pupils, using different methodology.
  • The school provides a bespoke approach to CEIAG for its pupils including tailored and personalised interventions for SEND, vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
  • Pupils are very positive in how the school is developing their life skills and presenting all pathways to them.
  • There is a strong culture of raising aspirations to ensure the pupils aim for and achieve their full potential.
  • The Careers Team have responded to the challenge of the lockdown admirably, in terms of utilising web and online resources and opportunities.
  • Employer engagement and partnership is growing and there is a commitment to make encounters meaningful to pupils.
  • The whole-school approach to embedding careers into the curriculum is going from strength to strength.
  • The website contains examples of very good practice, such as the subject presentations and the section on how the impact of CEIAG is measured.
  • Analysis of destinations of SEND and Pupil Premium pupils is very good practice.


A summary of our planned programme is shown below:

  • During Years 7-9 pupils have 10 lessons per year to explore their own career options.  This follows a programme that is mapped against the CDI Framework for Careers.
  • Every pupil has the opportunity to meet at least one employer per year either in person or through online meetings.
  • In Year 7 pupils meet a youth worker in RE.
  • In Year 8 pupils learn about the voluntary sector through our links with Reuben’s Retreat
  • In Year 9 pupils meet a health worker.  They also take part in the Pathways programme, this includes an evening for parents and employer visits to school.
  • In Year 10 all pupils have the opportunity to take part in two weeks of work experience, they can find their own placements or select from a range provided by school.
  • During Year 10 and/or 11 we invite parents to our Apprenticeships fair, post-16 evening and ‘Next-steps’ where parents and pupils have the opportunity of meeting employers, past pupils and university representatives.
  • Year 11 pupils have the opportunity of having a mock interview thanks to a range of volunteers who visit school.
  • Any pupil who would like a careers interview can request one by contacting Mr Musiol, the Careers Progression Advisor or Mrs Sherrington , the IAG Coordinator.   This can be requested by e-mailing  A careers interview is a one-to-one meeting that explores your subject areas, your interests, your skills and helps you with possible plans for the future.  There are no right or wrong answers.  You will be given impartial advice and may be given suggestions for further actions.
  • We welcome new workplace links and work experience placements for our pupils. 
  • Any colleges or employers who would like to work with the school should read our provider access policy.
  • The guidance for our Year 9 boys and their Parents & Carers, about the Key Stage 4 Pathways Programme at West Hill School can be found on our Key Stage 4 Pathways page.  This includes a presentation and careers links for each of our curriculum areas.
  • Details of the Careers curriculum topics that form the taught element of our programme can be found on our Individual Development Programme (IDP) page.

If you would like further information then please see:, who also have a phone line for independent advice 0800 100 900 This is labour market information for the Tameside area


Post16 Education

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Stockport College                    

Blue Coat Sixth Form             

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How we Measure and Assess the Impact of our Careers Programme

External accreditation with Positive Steps.  This involves an annual review and re-accreditation of the Quality in Careers Standard every three years.

Self-review using the Compass tool with measures progress towards meeting the Gatsby benchmarks.

Self-review against published guidance and statutory documentation.

Destination measures which are published annually.

Student, parent and staff voice following events, careers fairs and workplace visits.

Feedback from employers, and visiting partners.

Evaluation of feedback from employers and participants in work experience.


When we review our Careers Programme

The planned programme of lessons is reviewed during June each year.

Our annual reviews are completed during the Summer term each year.

Evaluation and amendment of the careers programme of events takes place in September each year.


Our next full review of the Quality in Careers standard will be in 2024.


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