Career Companion – Clarendon Careers Resources Website

This site gives access to the full range of local and national job, education and training opportunities. It has been created as a bespoke site for Clarendon to link into our unique careers education, advice and guidance package. It can be accessed by clicking the career companion image above

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
Preparing our students and your children for the future is a huge part of what school is about. We want students to leave Clarendon being inspired to pursue further education/training or roles that are fit and right for them through being informed about a wide range of options available to them. We do this through Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) services offered to students, including the activities and learning taking place in each Key Stage. We do this in a number of ways:

1) The Beliefs and Values Curriculum. Throughout their five – seven years at Clarendon, students will partake in Beliefs and Values lessons (three times a fortnight in year 7 and 8; twice a fortnight in years 9-11 and once a fortnight in sixth form through PSHE programme). Beliefs and Values consists of a mixture of statutory Religious Education, PSHE, Career Information and Guidance and Citizenship. Through all of these combined, students should be able to leave Clarendon knowing their next steps and being prepared for them too, whatever they may be.

2) Tutor Programme. During tutor times, students will be exploring a range of topics linking to PSHE, Citizenship and Careers. This takes the form of discussions, videos, reading case studies and applying the situations to their lives.

3) Careers Guidance meetings. We have the great resource of an independent careers advisor, Polly Wiggins. She is in every Friday and students in years 9, 10 and 11 will be given assigned times to meet with her, other years groups are able to sign up to times through the Head of Careers, Mr Hayden Smith or through Polly directly – She also has her own website with useful guidance and advice: These sessions will be focused are year 9 selecting GCSE options, year 10 exploring work experience and year 11 exploring their next steps after GCSEs.

4) Drop-down Days. Each year group throughout their time at Clarendon will have at least one day off timetable, but in school where we will invite visitors into school in regards to Careers, PHSE, Citizenship and Safety. An example of this is in October, year 9s has an Activity Day that involved rotations around five sessions: Careers presentation from The Transformation Trust; Forest Schools session lead by Mrs Raynes; IT session where they completed a survey on their thoughts on the future and completed a virtual work place experience; A safety talk from the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service and a Basic First Aid session lead by different staff.

5) Futures Events. We want students to be well informed about what can be next for them. With this in mind, throughout their time at Clarendon they will experience an Aspirations Day – where employers will come in and talk about their work, how they got to where they are and any other routes that can get you there; Apprenticeship Fair – Apprenticeship Providers are welcomed into school to set up stalls and students can explore their options and ask questions about what is involved. University Visits – at least once before the end of year 11 and once in sixth form students will be invited to visit a university and explore Higher Education. During year 10 we visit Trowbridge College and University and have a taster day of different courses on offer. During year 11 we have a sixth form taster day to explore what option are available and whether they are right for them.

6) Work Experience. All of year 10 are encouraged and supported in taking a week out of school to have an experience in a workplace.

7) Support for transition periods. During Year 9 students will have one-to-one advice when choosing their options in combination with a specific options evening when parents will be invited to speak with teachers and pastoral leaders about the variety of subjects and courses, and curriculum pathways available at Clarendon.

8) Sixth Form Provision. CEIAG in the Sixth Form will cover both Higher Education and non HE pathways. Support and guidance will be delivered through Assemblies and specific workshops updating CVs and practising interview skills, culminating in the Next Step Careers conference in Year 12. Students will then be supported through the UCAS process should they choose a university pathway, including specific Oxbridge guidance or be guided to explore apprenticeships and Further Education options, should this be more appropriate. Year 12 students are also required to seek work placements that can be organised as either a block placement at the end of Year 12, or as a regular part of their curriculum.

9) Impact. The Careers aspect of school life is unexamined but as a school, we keep records of student destinations to show the impact of their careers guidance and education. We also give regular feedback surveys after careers modules in BV and after activities based on careers.

10) CareerCompanion. Is a great resource which has pages giving advice and guidance for different year groups, for parents and carers and providing information for different aspects of careers. All of which support the work that we are doing in school. To access this resource follow this link (

Employer and Parent Engagement
The Clarendon Academy in Trowbridge is excited to be working with many employers, businesses, organisations, parents and education providers within our local community and wider. We encourage involvement from these groups and we feel it develops the wide experiences that our students can gain in preparing and advising them to take their next steps as well as making them aware about the wider world of work and adulthood. Your involvement with our students benefits them through helping to broaden their horizons and raise the aspirations of our students. There are also benefits for your organisation in terms of potential recruitment of our talented students as future employees, apprentices or volunteers.

We have started to create a database of contacts and offers of help for our events. Any support that you are able to offer can really help our provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in Clarendon. Some examples of current support offered are through work experience placements, assemblies to and mentoring of students who are interested in pursuing a career in your industry, help with mock interviews, work place visits, supporting events like our Aspirations Day and Apprenticeship Fair.

If you are able to support us and want to be added to our database or have ideas in helping us develop our CEIAG provision, please contact Mr Hayden Smith (Head of Careers at The Clarendon Academy) on 01225762686 ext. 257 or email

We give regular updates on event that have past and events to come through our School Newsletter that comes out termly and can be found at this link (

– Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy
– Provider Access Policy

Who to Contact
If you have any questions about the careers programme, please contact:

Hayden Smith (Head of Careers)
01225 762686 ext. 257

The Careers Leader from SLT is Miss Louise Clune (

The Careers Leader from Governors is Mr Jonathan Whitehead Whiting.

Review of Careers Programme
This information and our CIEAG programmes is reviews annually in July each year. Our next review will be in July 2020.