The careers programme at Strive seeks to positively support all our pupils to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

Careers Leader
Han Donaghy -
Careers Advisor
Progress Careers

While many elements of the careers programme are embedded within the broader curriculum, this programme details the discrete topics and activities that take place throughout the year.

  • This programme takes account of the Gatsby Benchmarks offering a stable careers programme that includes good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. Issues related to equality and diversity are embedded throughout.
  • Working with key partners, including careers guidance with progress careers, colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers, we specifically seek to:
  1. Provide information and activities supports every young person’s journey
  2. Address the negative and promote the positive effects of local attitudes
  3. Support pupils to aim high in their career goals and aspirations
  4. Increase the uptake and completion of further education opportunities


Links to other areas include:

  • PSHE – where pupils consider skills and aspirations, community and careers, setting goals, financial decision making and next steps
  • STEM subjects – where teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths
  • Careers information at Strive is delivered in Careers sessions but also threads through the entire curriculum. Students will also have access to individual and group information and guidance from Progress Careers.

Click here to access our school’s Careers Advice Hub


The Gatsby Benchmarks are:

  • a stable career programme
  • learning from career and labour market information
  • addressing the needs of each pupil
  • linking curriculum learning to careers
  • encounters with employers and employees
  • experiences of workplaces
  • encounters with further and higher education
  • personal guidance


Evaluation, Monitoring and Review

  • The careers programme at Strive is constantly evolving and improving as we look closely at the needs of our students and how we can best meet them. The careers department development plan and policy are reviewed and evaluated annually and destination data enables us to monitor the progression of our students and the impact of the CEIAG provision. Ongoing feedback and evaluations will also be gathered during the year as we recognise the important role that students and parents have in shaping a student’s career development and the responsibility we have as a school to provide an aspirational, supportive and effective careers programme for all.
  • The following documents provide further information about the Careers Education and Guidance programme at Strive, please click on them:
  1. Strive Careers policy
  2. Provider Access policy
  3. Careers programme


If you are interested in finding out more about STRIVE, or chat about the individual needs of your student or child. Call us on 01423 649070, or simply fill out the form below and we’ll get straight back to you.