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William Lovell Church of England Academy



At William Lovell Academy we know the importance of effective Careers Education, including Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people.

We expect all our students to develop high aspirations and eventually move into a wide range of ambitious careers.  We want to ensure that every student who comes to William Lovell Academy, regardless of background or individual need, leaves equipped with the resilience, ability and drive to move confidently down a path of their own choosing and become successful in the future.  We are committed to following the Department of Education’s Careers Strategy, the statutory guidance on careers education, and we are currently working towards meeting all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

We make our students aware of as many opportunities as we can, throughout the year and across all year groups. We do this through employer visits, guest speakers, work place visits, Careers Fayres, Further Education and Higher Education provider talks, through assemblies and in workshops.  We also employ a dedicated Careers Advisor who gives independent and impartial advice and guidance regarding career decisions, and provide students with guidance and information on higher and further education.  Please see our Careers Policy and Provider Access Statement for more information on our Careers Programme.

Enquiries regarding careers should be made to Mr R Symons via email on Alternatively, parents, students, and Post-16 providers (including Universities) may call the school on 01205 480352. Appointments to meet with the Careers Leader can be requested in school by all students. Parents are welcome to contact the school during the day to discuss any concerns. 

You can find our careers policy here: CAREERS POLICY

 Careers 5 Year Plan


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


Careers in STEM

Careers in public service and the armed forces

Careers in environment and agriculture

Careers in creative arts and the media

Careers in travel, leisure, Sports and hospitality

Careers in business, computing and finance


Interests and ambitions for the future

Employability skills: teamwork and communication

First impressions and presenting yourself to new people

Employability skills: leadership and working under pressure

Routes in work: FE, HE, apprenticeships

Career personal check-lists: what do you want for you life?


Writing a CV and application form

Career planning

Interview skills

Employability skills: resilience and confidence

University: finances, entry requirements and possibilities

Lincolnshire careers industry: what’s out there?


Searching for jobs using internet search engines

Myth busting careers

Careers linked to subjects: subject specific careers presentations

Choosing the right college, 6th form or university

Writing a personal statement

Post-16: planning your next steps


Applying for FE

Identifying and overcoming personal barriers

Interview skills revisited

Reflections on the local FE offer

Personal advice and feedback

Personal advice and feedback

Useful Careers Websites

Years 7-9

Online Interactive Educational Activities by University of Lincoln:

Success at Schools’ Careers Action plan and free (Gatsby) subject guides:

Range of Guides relating to Higher Education:

Live and interactive videos that bring the ‘world of work’ to life:

Virtual Tours of universities:

Free psychometric careers quiz:

Resources on careers, by subject, job type, employer, and career path

Videos with advice on your future including post-16 choices, whether to go to university, apprenticeships and employability:

Links to our frequently used motivational speakers:

Additional support and guidance:

Year 10 & 11

Live Blog of updates for GCSE and A Level students:

Online Interactive Educational Activities by University of Lincoln:

Range of Guides relating to Higher Education:

Live and interactive videos that bring the ‘world of work’ to life:

Loads of resources on careers, by subject, job type, employer, and career path:

Support with choosing a university course, personal statements and much more:

Virtual Tours of universities:

Loads of videos with advice on your future including post-16 choices, whether to go to university, apprenticeships:
Some links to our frequently used motivational speakers:

Some great tips for homeworking:

or if you have Linkedin:

Additional support and guidance:


Gatsby Benchmark

A stable careers programme

All students have 1 hour of careers during every (half) term. Year 7 focus on careers in specific industries (including STEM); Yea8 focus is employability skills as well as routes into work, including non-academic courses and apprenticeships; Year 9 focuses on skills around applying for work (and college); Year 10 and Year 11 look at the skills which are appropriate for going down specific routes (college, apprenticeships).

Learning from career and labour market information

Elements of this are covered through careers lessons which focus on specific careers (and associated skills to progress down these routes. There is also a lesson focused on the local labour market information. Students can research local providers, and also have access to workshops / assemblies from employers / colleges.

Addressing the career needs of each pupil

We are delighted to provide all of our students access to an experienced careers adviser where they can discuss their independent career aspirations and plan their futures. Year 10 & 11 students get support with post-16 options; Year 9 students get support with Key Stage 4 options, for example. 

Linking curriculum learning to careers

All of our subjects reflect careers in their curriculum planning and this can inspire a range of different learners with differing aspirations.  We promote skills, as well as bespoke links between subject and profession, which support with career development.

Encounters with employers and employees

William Lovell welcomes a range of aspirational visiting speakers, either in assemblies or part of careers sessions. These have included work with the RAF,  workshops with BAE Systems, The British Army  and the NHS.  Students were also able to attend an NHS careers’ workshop at The University of Lincoln. All Key Stage 4 students were provided with access to ‘virtual work experience’ workshops through Speakers for Schools in the Summer Term of 2022. This allowed students to gain an insight into the routes which are followed for specific career pathways. We are currently in the process of planning further opportunities. 

Experiences of workplaces

During 2023 the school intends to offer KS4 students the opportunity to attend workplaces for an experience of working life. So far, Key Stage 4 students have had an opportunity to participate in virtual work experience workshops, which covered elements of this.

Encounters with further and higher education

All Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to encounter further and higher education. For example, students in Year 10 get the chance to spend a day experiencing life at a local post-16 option provider (Boston College). This enables students to sample what a ‘day in the life of a college student’ is like. Furthermore, post-16 options providers visit the school to deliver presentations / assemblies to students (typically in Year 11). These discuss academic and vocational routes, as well as apprenticeships. We have also welcomed recently, Boston High School, Skegness Grammar, QEGS and Bishop Grosseteste 

Personal guidance

All students will get at least one, and normally two, opportunities to meet with an independent careers’ adviser. This will typically be during different key stages, and will look at significant stages in the student’s period at school (for example, through supporting the Key Stage 4 options process and help in planning post-16 options).

Personal guidance also extends to careers adviser support with completion of college application forms.