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The Warriner School


Careers Information Advice and Guidance

Motivation, Careers and Community Lead: Michael Rafferty

Careers Administration Support: Anna Morton   

Both Mr Rafferty and Mrs Morton can also be contacted by telephone through the main Reception on 01295 720777.





The Warriner School has a proactive strategy for the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) that we provide to young people.  The strategy is embedded within a clear framework outlined below.  It reflects the school’s ethos and meets the needs of all students by focussing on the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

  1.  A stable careers programme 
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

We provide access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, a careers fair, motivational speakers, college and university visits.  We also consider the needs of students who require more sustained or intensive support before they are ready to make career decisions.  Mentoring is an important part of delivering against the duty of the school to deliver impartial careers advice.  Careers education is provided across the year groups during Tutorial time where weekly activities, tailored to the year group, are provided across specific terms throughout the school year.  In addition to this, enrichment activities support careers awareness and subjects are encouraged to integrate careers into their individual curricula.

Support for all years delivered as modules within the Tutorial framework

From the start of life at The Warriner, pupils are coached into being aware of the reason that they are at school.  The greater this awareness, the clearer the goals of the students and the more motivation is evident.  This self-motivation is invaluable in terms of success for young people.  We actively encourage the ‘I want to be a…’ philosophy from an early age.

Year 7 focus: Personal attributes - developing self-awareness with a view to future career choices  

Year 8 focus: The importance of education in allowing choice – ensuring pupils understand the benefits of a good education and experience

Year 9 focus: Qualifications and gaining experience – focussing on the importance of choosing the correct options and using the school environment to support qualifications with achievements and experience.

Year 10 focus: Skills for employment - utilising the tools of work experience, CV and letters of application writing and mock interviews to introduce students to the process of embarking on a career.  Exploring places of further education is also part of enrichment.

Year 11 focus: Preparation for post 16 opportunities – ensuring that students develop a goal for their next stage of education in order to provide purpose to their studies.

Years 12 and 13 focus: Working with the future in mind - Sixth Form students are provided with comprehensive advice and guidance from the outset on Post 18 options including; the UCAS progress; apprenticeship routes and alternative options.  We utilise a number of guest speakers throughout the year to ensure students are given a broad range of options to consider as well as visiting a number of universities for open days and careers events.  All Year 12 students are required to undertake community service and at least one MOOC over the course of the year to ensure that all applications and CVs are of the highest calibre.  A further week of work experience is also mandatory which should support post 18 applications.

Please contact Mr Rafferty if you would like further information about our Careers programme.

Impartial Careers support
The Warriner School invests in the services of professional (level 6) careers advisers to support appropriately with extra careers advice.  Individual appointments can be arranged where this support is required. Appointments are booked through their tutor.

In addition to 1:1 careers appointments in school we have teamed up with the National Careers Service to offer appointments with careers advisers.   The National Careers Service webchat service can be found here:

Customers can call 0800 100 900 or contact us via email or webchat to speak to a qualified careers adviser.  Phone lines and webchat are now available Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and every Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Careers education is further supported through mock interviews carried out in association with local business people who provide interviewers with a wealth of human resource experience to further our students' understanding of the requirements of the real world.  This valuable contribution to our careers service in an integral part of the holistic approach to the education of our students.  If you would like to take part in this process which happens in our term 1 in July for new Year 11 students, please contact :

Measuring our provision and its impact

We assess the success of our Careers programme using the Compass+ system and measuring ourselves against the Gatsby Benchmarks. This is carried out at least three times a year with an external assessor to check the evidence. We use both face-to-face discussions and Microsoft Forms to gain valuable student voice input, as well as feedback from teaching and support staff on the effectiveness of the programme. We also make use of destination data for school-leavers to inform and review our provision.

Destination data for our Year 11 and Year 13 school-leavers is published annually on our main Results page. 

We are fervent supporters of the value of work experience which allows students to gain key insights into the world of work, its demands and opportunities. 

Please click below for information regarding work experience:

Warriner Work Experience - Employer Information

Warriner Work Experience - Student Information

Warriner Work Experience - Parent Information

The Warriner School List of Employers

Year 10 Work Experience Passport

Year 12 Work Experience Passport

In addition, a few short videos have been produced to help explain more about the work experience programme. 

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to view the videos.

 All videos filmed and edited by Lucy H and interviews conducted by Harrison L as part of their work experience project.

Annual Careers Fair 

Incorporated into the school's focus on careers is our annual careers fair.  This is an evening event in the school hall providing the opportunity to meet with a diverse array of employers, Further Education providers and careers advisers.  All students are welcome to attend along with parents and carers. This is an opportunity for parents to join with students to investigate possible options for particular interests.   Companies and organisations interesting in exhibiting or supporting this event should contact Ms Anna Morton (Careers Admin Support)

Provider Access Policy - Employer Engagement

If you are part of an organisation or an interested party that feels they would like to support the students of the school through participation in school CIAG, the Provider Access Policy sets out the opportunities that exist.  We value encounters with employers to inform, inspire and motivate.

Careers Software

The school utilises the icould careers website software to support careers guidance in an impartial way.  From Year 7-13 pupils can login and be guided in their careers decision and supported with clear advice.  Useful short videos about a variety of careers are available.

The Sixth Form subscribes to Unifrog to support and manage CIAG and the whole school makes use of Unifrog to record and support encounters of students with employers as well as aspects of teaching.   

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