Careers Aims 

Our school has a critical role to play in preparing our young people for the next stage of their education or training and beyond. 
Our expectations are high, so every student is challenged appropriately and acquires the skills, knowledge and attitude for lifelong learning and that employer’s value. 

Our Careers Programme 

We recognise that an effective careers programme contributes to raising aspirations, improving motivation and overcoming barriers to success. Our careers programme is designed to help every young person to realise their potential and enhance their employability. 
They will learn the skills necessary to navigate and manage their own careers and contribute to the well-being of themselves their families and the wider community. 
Students will have raised aspirations, have gained experience of meeting employers and workplace environments, be more adaptable and resilient and therefore be able to make more well informed decisions about their transition pathways. 

Careers Education 

Work Experience Programme 

Career Related Activities 


The Gatsby Benchmarks 

Our careers programme is underpinned by the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. 
These benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that schools work towards to provide the best career provision for its students as possible: 
Benchmark 1: 
A stable careers programme 
Benchmark 2: 
Learning from career and Labour Market Information 
Benchmark 3: 
Addressing the needs of each student 
Benchmark 4: 
Linking the curriculum learning to careers 
Benchmark 5: 
Encounters with employers and employees 
Benchmark 6: 
Experiences of the workplace 
Benchmark 7: 
Encounters with further and higher education 
Benchmark 8: 
Personal guidance 
We regularly review our careers programme through the Compass evaluation tool against the Benchmarks and this data is then used to feed into our career’s development plan and drive future improvements. The school is very much on track to meet the government target of 100% across all 8 benchmarks by September 2020, as set out by 2017 Careers Strategy. 

Review & Evaluation 

Staff training is also an essential element of our on-going development. Regular training throughout the academic year covers various topics such as changes to legislation, curriculum overviews, sharing good practice and planning sessions. Training enables staff the opportunity to work together to enhance the careers programme, share ideas and ensure that we are offering a programme our students deserve. 
Student voice is at the very centre of our annual review process. We work closely with students and their families to initiate discussions about future aspirations, pathways and begin the process of setting short term and longer outcomes so that these can be reached. We also work closely with external support agencies to ensure that there is a whole team approach to reaching these goals. 

School Visits, Volunteer & Work Experience Requests 

School Visits 

School visits for this term can be arranged by emailing Rachel Russell - Assistant Senco on


If you would like to be a regular volunteer at Crowdys Hill School, please complete an application form and send to Trudy Topp on

Work Experience 

Year 10/11 Work Experience places are only available in our Primary School. 
Requests for college course/university/other further education work experience placements will be allocated on a case by case basis. 

Vacancy Information 

See below for details of current job vacancies at Crowdys Hill School, including job descriptions and downloadable application forms, which should be returned electronically by email to
Click below to view our current vacancies: 

Application documents 

Click here for the current Swindon Borough Council Application Form. 

Get in touch 

Get in touch 

If you have any questions about the above, please don't hesitate to contact us. 
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