At whatever age students join us, our careers curriculum allows them to gain a valuable understanding of the world of work. It aims to help them overcome any barriers they may face when trying to enter the workplace. We measure impact in a number of ways, from assessing pupils' understanding of theory work to how well they perform in work experience placements.

Our Careers Lead and Key Stage Leader of KS4/5 is Becka Butland. Becka can be contacted on 01353 662085 or by email at

You can read our Careers Policy here and our Careers strategy below

Careers Strategy

This information is due for review in September 2023.

Our curriculum map illustrates the wide range of activities our students can experience. Careers education is embedded across the curriculum and students learn about work through practical activities, visits in the community and a wide range of written and visual learning. For older students, this can include residential visits, mini enterprise and vocational lessons. They can also participate in appropriate and specific career related learning, for example work experience and careers events.


All young people need a planned, long-term careers programme that is appropriate to their needs, abilities and aspirations. We follow the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance, a framework recommended to improve careers provision in all schools.

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 learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

We offer a comprehensive careers and work related learning programme for students in Key Stages 3 and 4. This aims to prepare them for the world of work, further education and training. We want every student to:

  • Develop good behaviours and skills and recognise and celebrate their own strengths
  • Have access and exposure to a range of opportunities which help to build a picture of what they want their future to look like
  • Make informed decisions with their parents/carers about their future

Our objectives are:

  • To have a clear plan for careers education, advice, information and guidance (CEIAG) for students in Year 7 through to Year 13
  • To ensure our students and their parents/carers have access to and engage in high quality careers education advice, information and guidance
  • To engage with employers, social enterprise companies, further education settings  and other community based organisations to raise aspirations through knowledge of careers and career pathways
  • To provide all students with meaningful employer encounters and experiences that will prepare them for the world of work
  • To ensure students and their parents/carers  receive impartial, independent advice at all stages of their time at Highfield Ely Academy
  • To enable students to understand their next steps, explore different pathways and opportunities and prepare them for a successful transition to their next educational setting or place of work

Work Experience

We encourage as many of our students as possible to take up a work experience placement during Key Stages 4 and 5. We have a dedicated work experience coordinator who works with local businesses to source placements and we have seen huge benefits for many of our young people. We are always looking for new providers so please do get in touch with us on 01353 662085 if you would like to work with us.

Key Stage 4 students working with "VIY" volunteers to learn about Painting and Decorating.

Wherever possible we track our students' destinations post-Highfield to measure the impact of our careers programme and to establish how many have entered FE, training, or the workplace. In 2020-2021, we had 15 leavers. 14 moved on to college courses linked to their individual interests and career aspirations and one transitioned to elective home education.

Moving On From Highfield

The Cambridgeshire County Council Moving On documents contain information for families on education, training, employment and moving from children to adult services for young people in Cambridgeshire with special educational needs and disabilities. The most recent version is available here

Students and their families living in Norfolk can find out about preparing for adult life by visiting the SEND Norfolk website

Provider Access Statement

Our Provider Access Statement sets out our school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students 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.

Other useful links.....

"Moving Into Work"

Cambs County Council                   

Preparing for Adulthood CRC Peterborough College The College of West Anglia                         City College Peterborough    
West Suffolk College

Labour Market Information

Understanding the local job market and the skills that are needed to gain employment in Cambridgeshire is key to helping our students to upskill, train and enter work. Labour Market Information provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority can help if you are looking at different jobs and careers locally.


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