Careers at Chesterton Community College

Careers education is an essential part of education at Chesterton Community College.

Its significance for students was emphasised by the recent publication of the following strategy and guidance documents by the Department for Education:

The careers programme at Chesterton Community College aims to inspire students to make informed choices and plans for their future career choices, for Further education, employment and training.

The Careers Team

Arthur Desbois – Lead Careers and Post 16 Coordinator  

Aaron Kirkland – Assistant Careers and Post 16 Coordinator 

For all general queries, email 

Careers Programme Chesterton Community College

An annual programme of careers–related events are offered for all year groups at Chesterton, including opportunities to engage with a variety of companies, other employers, post-16 providers and apprenticeship providers. The programme aims to motivate students by encouraging them to think carefully about and to plan for appropriate progression pathways. The planned programme for 2020-2021 is below, but please note that events involving external provision are subject to change. In any case, the Careers programme is intended to be flexible and adaptable as further opportunities become available.

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 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7Author Visits“What’s my line” with Form the Future.
Careers tutor time programme.
Subject specific jobs shared with students in all subject areas for National Careers Week.
Careers Tutor time programme.
Year 8Author Visits“The Real Game” (the world of work, job roles and budgeting)
Careers Tutor time programme.
Subject specific jobs shared with students in all subject areas for National Careers Week.
ARM – girls robotics and STEM
Fire service STEM
Online cyber discovery funded by GCHQ competition.
Activity run with Form the Future.
Careers tutor time programme
Digigirlz – in association with Microsoft. A day for girls interested in STEM.
Year 9Options pathways guidance - parent/student meeting with a member of SLT to discuss GCSE options and pathways
GCSE Options Assembly
Transition programme of targeted Y9 students.
Careers tutor time programme.
Subject specific jobs shared with students in all subject areas for National Careers Week.
ARM – girls robotics and STEM.
Online Cyber discovery funded by GCHQ.
Opportunities Ahead Conference – Organised by Form the future with workshops and a broad range of companies form the local labour market exhibiting.
Enterprise Day with Innovative Enterprise (designing a product, marketing, advertising and sales pitch).
Careers Tutor time programme.
Year 10Targeted students for target Work Experience/ enriching careers experiences are identified.World Book Day Publishing Event at CUP.
Cambridge Architects RIBA workshops.
Careers Carousel Day with Form the Future.
Computing and robotics with Qualcomm.
College taster days.
WRL and Careers Tutor time programme.
Careers advice and guidance for targeted students.
Work Experience Assembly in conjunction with FTF and Founders 4 Schools.
Year 11Post-16 assembly.
Post-16 preparation day. Finance, apprenticeships, Technical qualifications information
Post-16 progression evening for students and parents.
Post-16 Centres open evenings
Guidance Adviser interviews.
Drop ins for students seeking help with UCAS Progress applications.
January: interview guidance meetings – what to expect.
March onwards: support our Y11s with their choices.
Extra college/sixth form visits.


We are delighted to be working with external organisations such as Form the Future on a number of projects within our Careers Education programme exploring employability skills and employer events. We work closely with other local secondary schools and Post-16 centres through Cambridge Area Partnership (CAP).

Chesterton has a strong commitment to the provision of extra-curricular opportunities for our students. These help students to pursue ‘CV-building’ activities, such as student voice, Duke of Edinburgh other leadership and character development activities, and also specific career-linked activities within subject areas.

Post-16 Progression

All students must remain in some form of post-16 education, apprenticeship or formal training.

The vast majority of students progress to Sixth Form with few onto apprenticeships with training. 2018 data showed that 84% of students went to Hills or Long Road, 11% to CRC, 4% went to other Sixth Form Centres and 1% signed up to an apprenticeship.

More information about Post-16 is displayed under the Post-16 page on the school website.

Careers Guidance

Chesterton provides targeted independent careers advice to pupil premium, low attaining and SEND students in Y10 and 11.

Years 8-11 have access to career guidance sessions on request and by staff referral. This is provided by our independent Careers Guidance Adviser. Guidance is high quality, impartial and independent. Impartial advice is provided by our teaching and other staff.

Chesterton Community College SENCO and their team work with the appropriate organisations to identify and support vulnerable young people and to facilitate optimal transitions for them.

Careers Information

The school Library have well-stocked careers information which contain books, prospectuses, leaflets, supplements, lists, links and other resources. A variety of online resources are made available. Books on all the main career areas, and on university and other options and applications are available. is a useful website for parents wanting to further support their child

Current Apprenticeship Vacancy opportunities are increasingly made available electronically to parents/carers and they can also access these opportunities via or the National Apprenticeship Service.

Monitoring Careers at Chesterton Community College

In line with government policy, our work is now benchmarked against the new national standards for school careers provision. We use Compass Tool to evaluate and track how Chesterton is meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.