Copthall School aims to offer all students Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. We aim to help every student develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers so they are prepared for life in modern Britain.  Copthall School Careers policy can be found here.

As part of the careers programme, Copthall has a qualified Careers Adviser Mrs P Manuelpillai, to provide CEIAG for all students by appointment/drop in sessions during break and lunch.  Parents are also welcome to attend their daughters’ careers interview.  If you would like a careers appointment, please contact Mrs P Manuelpillai at school Mondays – Thursdays or email on

Below are brief details of the careers programme we deliver in school.  We use the Gatsby Benchmarks to create a strong careers guidance programme for each and every student.  The eight benchmarks listed below are a framework for good career guidance developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance. 

The eight benchmarks now form part of the government’s careers strategy.

Gatsby Benchmarks:

  • Stable Careers Programme        
  • Learning From Career and Labour Market Information     
  • Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil    
  • Linking Curriculum Learning To Careers         
  • Encounters with Employers and Employees  
  • Experiences of Workplaces        
  • Encounters with Further and Higher Education       
  • Personal Guidance

Further information can be found on:



The full careers programme, mapped against the Gatsby Benchmarks, can be found here.

If you are a parent / employer who would like to support our students with work experience/shadowing, volunteering opportunities or offer educational/academic/employability/life skills workshops, please email . Thank you.

Careers Programme 

Year 7 - Self-awareness and Introduction to Careers

Through various activities such as careers fairs (higher, further education and apprenticeships) assemblies, employer presentations, students are helped to start thinking about their future including what qualifications are needed for which careers and thinking about university and apprenticeship routes.  All Year 7 students are encouraged to become more self-aware of their skills, qualities and interests and how they relate to future careers through the use of Startprofile.  One to one Careers Guidance is also available for all students.


Year 8 – Employability Skills and Making GCSE Option Choices

Students in Year 8 take part in the school careers fairs (higher, further education and apprenticeships) where they meet various universities, apprenticeship providers and also charities offering volunteering opportunities.  Through the careers fair and assemblies, they also meet local and regional employers to hear about diverse careers and numerous pathways. Weekly tutorial where all students are introduced to varied jobs through BBC Bitesize Careers  helps to explore careers linked to their GCSE subjects  Students are also supported through many activities such as STEM scholars and employer run workshops such as the ‘Carbon Challenge’ and ‘Not Just for Boys’.  They continue to think more about their strengths, employability skills using Startprofile. One to one Careers Guidance is also available for all students. All SEND students receive one to one guidance


Year 9 – Careers Exploration and Aspirations

Students are encouraged to explore various careers related to their GCSE subject choices.  Through assemblies, insight sessions and careers fairs (higher, further education and apprenticeships), students explore various options post 16, 18 available to them.  These activities, run by employers, colleges, universities and charity organisations to understand the local, regional and national job market and future job trends, motivate and raise aspirations.  Students also take part in STEM Scholar programme.  They also continue to explore their strengths and employability skills using Startprofile. One to one Careers Guidance is also available for all students.


Year 10 – Employability and Transferable skills

Students in Year 10 focus more on continuing to build their employability skills, find out more about careers that interest them and post 16 and 18 pathways.  Oxbridge, Medicine, Apprenticeship and STEM careers sessions are run by higher education institutions, employers and professionals.  Students are taught employability skills by employers including how to build an effective CV. Assemblies, employer presentations, careers fairs (higher, further education and apprenticeships) inform students of various post 16-18 pathways and options available.  One to one Careers Guidance is also available for all students.


Year 11 – Post 16 option choices and decision making

All students receive impartial one to one Careers Guidance interview and a typed action plan which includes a summery of the meeting with Mrs P Manuelpillai, careers adviser.  Parent / Carer is then sent an electronic copy of the Action plan through SIMs In-touch.  Year 11 students are encouraged to explore various post 16 – 18 options including Copthall Sixth Form, apprenticeships and Further Education and apply.  Assemblies, STEM related employer visits, Maths in Action conference, Mock Trial programme (related to History and Law), Oxbridge talks, STEM scholars programme, careers fairs (higher, further education and apprenticeships) support our students with their post 16-18 plans. Employers run interview skills workshop highlighting employability skills.

Sixth Form – Developing skills for post 18 pathways and decision making

Focus is on continuing to build employability skills through education, work experience, volunteering, employer visits linked to curriculum/career interest, visits to universities, STEM Scholars programme, enrichment sessions on higher/further education and apprenticeships, employability, life skills and exploration of post 18 options.  Every Year 12 student takes part in a week work experience in June/July.  In addition, students are also offered work experience opportunities during school holidays.  Students are visited by employers/professionals from diverse careers to inform of opportunities and pathways.  They also attend UCAS exhibitions and apprenticeship fairs in London.  Year 12 students can apply to take part in the Career Ready Plus and Ort Jump mentoring programme, a chance to be mentored by an employer / professional pursuing a career related to the career interest of the student.  Students develop their knowledge about what they might like to do after Sixth Form and make informed choices about the full range of options open to them such as Higher, Degree Level apprenticeships, higher / further education courses, gap year activities, volunteering and employment.

Useful Websites

Research is an important step in your career journey.  Start your career journey now by visiting the websites below and consider the following factors - skills required, training and qualification, job role, pay, progression routes and related jobs. 

Careers - Aimed at pupils aged 14 and upwards who are considering university and want information to help them choose the right subjects to study at sixth form - take the skills health assessment to find suitable careers. - Explore careers according to subjects – take the Buzz test to find suitable careers for your personality type. – a free online careers platform for 11-18 year olds. – go to Careers Advice section. - explore career videos


Apprenticeships  for information about apprenticeships and find apprenticeships vacancies  – explore alternatives to Higher Education - explore apprenticeship vacancies – search for apprenticeship vacancies


Further Education  search for a further education course


Higher Education - Student finance  search for degree courses – university and college open days. –  for comparing UK HE course data. – represents UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research


The websites listed are given for information only and we do not accept directly or indirectly any responsibility for loss directly or indirectly from reliance on these sites. Given that the internet uses an open system, we cannot warrant that these sites and downloads are virus free.


Interested in a few different career areas and want to see how they compare side by side?

This tool from the LMI for All websites let you compare up to three jobs and look at how much they pay, what your day-to-day duties might be and whether there will be many job opportunities available in this career area in the future!


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