Phoenix Collegiate


Phoenix is committed to providing high-quality Careers Education, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) to all students through the curriculum and organised activities.  This guidance will focus on the specific needs of the individual student to promote self-awareness and personal development.  Students are entitled to careers education and guidance that is impartial and confidential.

Guidance will be integrated into students' experiences of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with them and their parents / carers.  The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, while promoting the best interests of the students to whom it is given.

We aim to promote the following to all students:

  • Career exploration through the provision of a wide range of resources, including computer software, books, leaflets, posters and access to impartial careers guidance.
  • Workplace experience through the Year 10 Work Experience week, and at Post-16, which is supported by the EBP.
  • Independent investigation through the use of a variety of online resources.
  • Progression planning through the provision of Information and Guidance (IAG) from external careers advisors, support across the curriculum, organised progression activities, and events and associations with local colleges and businesses – including our partners, GeoPost and the Halifax Bank; developing an understanding of the changing nature of work, education and career choices, including the full range of Post-16 education or training options, and apprenticeships.

Our careers policy takes into account our requirement to fulfil all of the Gatsby Benchmarks, which the Careers and Enterprise Company require all schools to deliver.  This includes:

  • A stable careers programme.
  • Learning from career and Labour market information.
  • Addressing the needs of each student.
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  • Encounters with employers and employees.
  • Experiences of workplaces.
  • Encounters with further and higher education.
  • Personal guidance.

Parents / Carers receive information regarding planned events and are invited into school at key times, for example, when choosing options, preparing for Work Experience and in identifying appropriate progression pathways at the end of Key Stage 4 / 5.  They are also invited to participate in individual careers interviews.

This policy is reviewed by Kirsty Northwood (Careers Lead).

Careers Programme

The careers programme is co-ordinated by the leader of school enrichment and delivered via form tutors, via collapsed PSHE days, throughout the course of the school year and supplemented in morning registration time.

Throughout these days, we make reference to the Local Labour Market.  In particular, information relating to the jobs that are on offer in the local area, employment trends and what skills employers require from young people.

Connexions deliver our one-to-one Careers Guidance interviews – Lynn Edge and Tanuja Patel.  Connexions offer 'drop-in' sessions, individual careers interviews for every Year 11 student and further guidance within the PSHE curriculum.  A designated mentor for Post-16 has been appointed to further enhance provision.  For more details on what Connexions offer our students, please visit their website at:

Careers resources are available in the Library, for all students.  They are relevant and updated regularly to take account of current good practice.  Access to careers software and internet-based resources are also available.

Participation in activities, both in school and offsite, provides our students with employer contact, access to information about voluntary and community organisations, and the opportunities available to them at Further and Higher Education institutions.

Key Stage 3 Provision

Year 7 – Introducing careers and the opportunities that are available.
Year 8 – Linking plans and aspirations to reality.
Year 9 – Self-assessment, career paths and options Post-14.

Key Stage 4 Provision

Year 10 – Work Experience, including preparation, implementation and evaluation.
Year 11 – Post-16 options / pathways and the application process.

Post 16 Provision

Year 12 / 13 Self-assessment, career paths and options at 17 / 18 and beyond.

These PSHE days have the support of local businesses, who readily give their time to support the school in their careers education programmes, by telling students about their sector and career paths.  PSHE, and one-to-one careers guidance, enable us to fulfil the requirements of all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

Provider Access Policy

Please click here to access our Provider Access Policy for further details.

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school, for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.  This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Contact Details

“Can you help with our careers events by coming in to talk about where you work, and / or your career path, or by offering work experience placements where you work?”

We welcome feedback on our career’s education programme.  Please contact me or my colleagues with your comments and suggestions on

Assistant Head Teacher for Careers Education and Careers Leader  Mrs. K. Northwood

Year 10 Work Experience Lead – Mrs. H. Conway

Year 12 Work Experience Lead / Careers – Mrs. V. Scott-Garrett

Governor responsible for Careers – Mrs. P. Williams

Careers and Aspirations Lead – Miss C. Johnson (contact on 0121 588 8384, ext. 215)

If your child is a Year 11 student and you would like to accompany them in their careers interview with Connexions, please contact Lynn Edge, our Connexions advisor on

Information for Parents

To support your child you can:

  • Support them when making decisions, such as choosing their GCSE options and Post-16 / Post-18 options.
  • Encourage your child to develop their skills, raise aspirations, and pursue their interests and ambitions.
  • Support / Encourage them to take part in activities, such as work experience, mock interview day and attend careers information talks by businesses, which will raise awareness of opportunities and encourage self-development.

Useful websites:

Information for Employers

Phoenix Collegiate is committed to preparing students for the world of work and employment.  We hold a range of events throughout the academic year, including providing work enrichment opportunities, guest speakers and work experience in Year 10 / Sixth Form.

If you would like to get involved to help inspire our future workforce, speak to our students or can offer apprenticeships / work experience placements, please contact Miss C. Johnson on 0121 588 8384, ext. 215 or e-mail at

Information for Staff

The following links are to help aid staff to support students when thinking about careers and Post-16 options:

Policies and Information

To view our Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy, please click the link below:

Ofsted and Policies

Careers Programme and Events

National Careers Week 2023

Please see below some photos from our first National Careers Week, here at Phoenix.

Local employers supported our programme of events by giving talks in assemblies and undertook Q&A sessions for selected groups of students.  Employers in attendance included businessman, Liam Harmitt, Sandwell Council, Build a Career, Shockat Lal, Chief Executive of Sandwell Council and Cllr Simon Hackett.  We look forward to welcoming Ramid Khan, solicitor, in the near future.






Labour Market Intelligence

If you would like to find out more on the Local Market Information, please click here: LMI Parent and Student Guide (


Phoenix Learn Live Channel

Jobs_Live_LogoPlease click here to access our free school careers page.

Useful website links:

Jobs LiveUniversity Live

Important Links for Students

Please feel free to visit the links below:

  • Click here to visit icould - advice on choosing GCSE pathways.
  • Click here to visit the icould 'Buzz Quiz' - identify your strengths.
  • Click here to visit National Careers Service - information to explore job profiles and much more.
  • Click here to visit the icould 'Explore' section - get career ideas by watching video stories by searching for your favourite subject / job type.
  • Click here to visit the icould 'Tactics for making decisions' section - a useful list to help you make choices, including examples around GCSE subjects.
  • Click here to visit the icould 'Choosing well' section - how to pick the right path for you; a more detailed guide to making decisions.

Other useful websites: