Careers education, information and guidance programmes play a major part in helping young people choose pathways that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs. A robust careers programme helps to put school learning into a wider and more relevant context, and helps raise aspirations. The Avon Valley School careers programme helps our students to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression. It is ambitious and aspirational, promotes equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes.

The AVS careers lead is Mrs Lisa Owen and the full time careers advisor is Mrs Natalia Demaj

The careers policy can be viewed in the policies section of the school website and is reviewed bi-annually. The next review will be in March 2024.

The careers programme runs from year 7 to year 11 and each year group is given a wide range of opportunities to engage with and find out about the world of work. Students will:

  • Receive a programme of specific careers related lessons in PSHE
  • Have access to Careers resources and information in a variety of places including google classroom and the school website
  • Receive information relevant to your year group through assembly and tutor time and through specific careers splash days
  • Have access to an onsite level 6 qualified careers advisor / Have access to a careers advisor
  • Be given the opportunity to meet a variety of employers
  • Be given the opportunity to attend careers events on and off site
  • Complete a week's work experience in year 10
  • Have the opportunity to take part in a university visit
  • Take part in a mock interview and careers fair
  • Learn to write a CV and personal statements
AVS careers overview 2023-24

Students careers activities are comprehensively tracked through COMPASS+. these are reviewed annually and create next steps.

Monitoring and evaluation takes place through:

  • Lesson observations and learning walks
  • Student voice
  • Student feedback on their experience of the careers programme
  • Informal feedback from external partners and parents
  • Evaluation of work experience by students and employers
  • Annual parental evaluation
  • Destination data post 16 and post 18



All year groups

Your year group Google Career Classroom will have up-to-date information relevant to you.

The websites below could give you some ideas of future careers: ICould provides 1000 different video clips of personal careers stories and helps students explore different careers routes and pathways National Career Service provides information about job profiles and finding courses

The following websites may be of use to students and parents:

Future destinations: 6th form Ashlawn School Bilton School Lawrence Sheriff School Lutterworth College Princethorpe College Southam College Rugby High School


Future destinations: College Warwickshire College Moulton College Heart of England Trainers Stratford College


Future destinations: Apprenticeships Amazing Apprenticeships Find an apprenticeship Midland Group Training


Future destinations: T Levels Government website with further information Government website with further information T levels at WCG


Future destinations: University A great site to help those wanting to go to university to think about their A-level choices and they can also start looking at personal statements on the site.



When applying to any of these post 16 providers, it is essential you apply using the most updated form and USE AN EMAIL ADDRESS THAT IS CHECKED OFTEN

If you would like to be part of the AVS alumni, please get in touch with Mrs Owen -

Parents/Carers are an important source of careers information and guidance. Where can you get up-to-date sources of information? below are some signposts to impartial information.

  • Regular posts on your child's Careers Google classroom and, as a Google Guardian, you will be able to see these posts
  • Websites listed above
  • Mrs Demaj (AVS careers advisor) is available to email for impartial careers advice
  • Mrs Owen/Mrs Demaj will keep you up-to-date via email with events your child could go on, open evenings and important deadlines for post 16 planning, as well as informing you of careers events that have taken place in school through the school newsletter
  • Mrs Demaj attends all parents' evenings for years 8-11 as well as options evening and appointments can be made via the online booking system

If you would like more information, or would like to participate in a careers event, please contact Mrs Owen for further information.


The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are the core dimension of good careers and enterprise provision in schools. They have a key role in raising young people's aspirations and promoting access to all careers pathways, enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing and underpin the DfE guidance to schools on meeting their statutory responsibility for careers guidance.


As an employer/employee could you help the students at AVS by:

  • Attending school careers fair
  • Delivering presentations on your companies specialist area within a curriculum area or an assembly
  • Attending mock interviews

AVS can support your company in the following ways:

  • Promoting vacancies
  • Promoting apprenticeships
  • Promoting volunteer placements
  • Providing employees with opportunities to develop their employability skills (plan, organise and deliver presentations to audiences of different sizes and develop communication skills)

Please contact Mrs Owen if you would like further information about employer engagement at AVS.


Policies relevant to CEIAG are found on the policies page.

Careers policy

Equal opportunities policy

Provider access policy

careers staff

Mrs Lisa Owen

Career Lead


Mrs Natalia Demaj

Career Advisor and Work Experience Coordinator