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The Gatsby benchmarks underpin all of our careers learning at St Andrews.

Careers Information Programme-St Andrew’s Academy


Our up-to-date Careers Policy can be found in the Policies section of the website. Parents, students and teachers all have access to our Careers information and parents can discuss careers with their child’s class teacher at any time. The Careers Lead at St Andrew's Academy is Tracy Fisher- she can be contacted via email:


Our Careers Curriculum

  • We have a comprehensive Overview of Work-Related Learning topics, based on the nationally acclaimed Talentino Careers Education Programme. 
  • Our Careers Framework shows the Careers Learning Journey for our students-this is how we measure and assess the impact of the Work Related Learning Programme.


  • In Key Stage 3, students learn about the jobs that people do in school and in the wider community. They experience simple jobs through enterprise activities such as cake sales and car washing. 

    Our younger students need to learn about different jobs and the skills needed to do them. If you have a job that you think that would be of interest to us, we challenge you to create us a 'Virtual Assembly' where you can share this information with us, it would be really beneficial! 

  • In Key Stage 4, students start in-school work placements, having completed application forms and practiced interview techniques. They work with external providers such as Talentino to gain real life experience of the world of work. They work with an organisation called Springboard, learning skills for the hospitality sector, including catering and hotel work. Recently we set up the St Andrew's Community Cafe in the nearby Coniston Crescent Derby Homes building, where we aim to get the local community involved with our students.  
  • As students move to our Post 16 (Further Education) department, the focus is on preparation for adulthood and possible employment routes after school. Students will undertake in-school work experience placements as well as placements with local businesses, based on their preferences from previous experiences in Key Stages 3 and 4 . These students also work with external agencies such as the Education Business Partnership and Talentino.
  • We are receiving a subscription to the e-magazine Decisionz for our students, particularly our year 11s. The magazine includes some exciting new articles in addition to the usual careers advice. The latest edition of the Decisionz magazine can be accessed by clicking 


Provider Access Statement

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact Tracy Fisher.

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers: please see our overviews that explain our programme of studies across school.

As a trust we have a full detailed Careers policy which can be requested.



Working with partners

We work closely with the D2N2 which is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby which help us as a team review our curriculum, train our staff and offer opportunities for our students. We also work with the Careers and Enterprise Company who support us in providing opportunities to further work related skills across key stage 3 to 5. 


The schemes of work on offer to pupils at the school are below for reference. This is for the purpose of giving  information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. The Academy is also registered with the Enterprise Advisor Network and has completed the self-assessment compass tool.

St Andrews School are committed to ensuring that all children and young people have opportunities to access a relevant careers, employability and enterprise programme. 

Please note: Parents should contact their child's class team for more information regarding Career Opportunities and raise any queries in their child's Annual Review Meeting.


Further information is outlined in the documents below:


We are always looking for employers who could offer us work experience opportunities, so if you have any links please get in touch. Due to Covid restrictions we are now having to think about our in house careers, so opportunities to establish Employer encounters would be AMAZING! Please see our Work Placement Guidance and Expectations below:

The Derbyshire Education and Business Partnership (DEBP) collaborated with The Springboard Charity to deliver a programme to our students relating to the hospitality industry. This was a 6 week programme delivered by Kerry Mabberley, was designed to introduce 10 young people to the world of hospitality. By educating them on the different sectors and job roles, menu planning and budgeting, and skills such as baking and napkin folding, and teaching them planning and organisation skills to put on an event. An industry visit to The Holiday Inn, Derby Riverlights, provided them with an insight into the various job roles. The students then got to work in the kitchen with the chefs and make their own afternoon tea.The 6 weeks ended with an afternoon tea for people to come along to and a 'Cake-away' outlet, run by the 10 students themselves.  The confidence and skills of the students over the 6 weeks soared and some real talent emerged.

Career Opportunities


Derby City, as an Opportunity Area, is currently developing employer engagement, auditing all the employment and career options available to the young people in the City and putting together an action plan for improvement.


Students at St Andrew's Academy are exposed to "The World of Work" from Year 7 until they leave the school. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding about the world of work. 

We are keen to develop as many Career opportunities for our students here at St Andrews including Employer Encounters.