Student Careers

A planned programme of careers and inspiration activities is a vital component in preparing young people for the world beyond Goodwin Academy.

Careers Leader: Mr G Dixon,

We aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes, maximise students’ academic and personal achievements and encourage them to consider a wide range of careers.

Through careers education and guidance, it is hoped that students will be encouraged to make the most of their talents and to go on to jobs or courses which suit their needs and intelligence. Goodwin Academy is committed to providing its students with a planned programme of careers education for all students in years 7-13, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential and prepares students for the challenges of adult and working life.


We aim to provide a fully inclusive careers experience for all pupils, supporting and nurturing them to be truly individual, ambitious and developing the required skills for success, in order for them to be the BEST version of themselves.

Objective 1

Students are able to talk confidently about the careers provision within all three Key Stages and experience meaningful interactions with all staff members, employers and external organisations.

Objective 2

Careers education is fully embedded across the curriculum and all teachers feel empowered to inspire and galvanize students and parents through their expert knowledge and passion within their subject areas.

Objective 3

All students have access to a variety of educational and aspirational career-based experiences and are provided with impartial expert guidance, that focus on the needs of the student and allow them to aspire through their chosen pathway. 

Delivery and Content

Careers Information and Advice is provided through dedicated lessons to provide informative guidance to assist in the development and future career directions of students. Advice and guidance is provided through group workshops, enterprise events, individual interviews, college partnership courses, college and university visits, presentations by prospective employers and via the UniFrog platform.

An independent Careers Advisor attends the school at key times throughout the academic year to provide individual advice and guidance to students. All careers advice and guidance given is person-centred, impartial, unbiased and confidential (within legal confines) and meets professional standards of practice. During arranged events including ‘Parents Evenings’, ‘Open Evenings’ and ‘Options Evenings’, careers information and advice is made available to students, parents and carers.

Our Careers Programme is informed by the Gatsby Benchmarks:

Goodwin Academy follows the principles of the Gatsby Benchmarks. The objectives for the careers programme are as follows: 

  1. Embedding a stable careers programme 
  2. Access to quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities 
  3. Addressing the needs of each student embedding equality and diversity 
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 
  5. Opportunities to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace 
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Ensuring students are fully aware of the learning opportunities both academic and vocational, in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace 8).
  8. Providing every student the opportunity for personal guidance