At The Holgate Academy we are proud to offer an excellent careers service for our students and have achieved the highly sought after ‘Quality in Careers Standard’ mark for our careers provision.  We have strong links with business and industry, giving our students an abundance of opportunities to engage with future employers and to take part in industry-sponsored activities to supplement classroom learning.

Careers lead

Our careers leader at Holgate is Mrs Sophie McKenna – email:

What we offer

The overall aim of our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) provision is to enable all students to make and implement well informed and realistic decisions and successfully manage change and transition.

The four main themes of the CEIAG programme are:

  • planning for change;
  • decision making;
  • self development; and
  • researching options.

In addition to this, the programme aims to raise the aspirations of our students by encouraging them to take part in activities such as university visits, apprenticeship sessions and work-related learning workshops. Our link with Nottingham Trent University specifically looks at tackling educational inequalities and encouraging students to consider university as a real possibility.

Students’ needs

The CEIAG programme is designed to meet the needs of students at Holgate. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.


Students are entitled to CEIAG that meets professional standards of practice and is person-centred and impartial. It will be integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum and be based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity and inclusion. In planning resources and external providers, we actively seek to ensure that the whole school community is represented and supported. As members of the Stonewall school champions programme we actively support equality of opportunity for all students.

Student entitlement:
• students in years 7-11 will have access to a taught curriculum of careers education which meets the standards set out by the CDI careers and employability framework;
• students in year 8 will be given specific guidance in relation to making GCSE options choices;
• all year 10 and 12 students will have access to a period of work experience in a placement appropriately health and safety checked by the academy;
• all year 11 students will have access to careers guidance and support appropriate to their needs including access to impartial 1:1 guidance on request or by referral to support their post 16 transition and career decision making;
• during post 16 all students will have access to careers guidance and support appropriate to their needs;
• the academy will provide access to up to date, unbiased information via our careers and employability library;
• all students will be guided to appropriate online resources; and
• all students will have access to at least six employer/external provider meaningful interactions during the course of their time at Holgate.

Decisionz – careers advice

Please find the latest version of the Decisionz magazine below – this is a really useful source of information and advice for students on careers and education options.

We’ve compiled a list of useful online resources to help you extend your research further – find them here.