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Careers education and guidance is a vital component in student’s progression through the school. Penair School works with all students to allow them access to a wide range of opportunities for career planning. 

Penair School has been chosen as a Careers Lead School for Cornwall and we work closely with The Careers Hub based at Cornwall Council. 

Careers guidance helps inspire pupils towards further study and enables them to make informed decisions. The Careers Education and Guidance programme prepares all students for adult life and the wide ranging opportunities open to them. 

Students are encouraged to aim high and fulfil their potential. All students have access to a Careers Education and Guidance programme throughout the School. This process begins in Year 7 and culminates in Year 11 when students make choices post 16. 

Each year students are able to visit local Colleges and attend employer workshops. In Key stage 4 students are given the opportunity to visit Oxford University and Falmouth University as part of their carers education. Through the cadet, force students are able to find out more about the armed services. Employer links are an essential part of Careers Education and we have formed close partnerships with key local employers. 

Key Stage 3 

Year 7 

In PSHE students are introduced to the World of work, self awareness and decision making. 

Year 8 

Students undertake financial education, STEM events and careers focus days. 

Year 9 

Students are fully supported in the decision making process for choosing options at KS4 by undertaking an analysis of their personal attributes, skills and abilities. 

Key Stage 4 

Year 10 

All students in Year 10 

  • Attend a college taster day 
  • Have a comprehensive programme of careers education and guidance 
  • Attend the Cornwall Skills show, an interactive careers fair. 
  • Have access to Careers Guidance appointments and support 
  • In Year 10 students are given the opportunity to research and plan work experience. 
  • Learn how to complete an application form accurately, write a letter of application, produce a CV using ICT, and how to present themselves well in an interview. 
  • Follow procedures related to finding and securing a work experience placement 
  • To be fully aware of Health and Safety issues in the workplace 
  • Undertake a valuable debriefing and evaluation of Work Experience 
  • Have the opportunity to visit a University

Year 10 Work Experience 

At Penair School we believe that work experience is an extremely important part of a young person’s education and their understanding of the world of work. Effective work-based and work-related learning can help young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society. The essential purpose of an effective work experience programme is to enhance the education of young people and their understanding of the world of work by: 

  • Experiencing working life. 
  • Developing enterprising skills. 
  • Developing and applying their communication, numeracy and ICT skills in the workplace 
  • Enjoying appropriately focused careers education 
  • Exchanging ideas with industry professionals 
  • Developing networks with potential, future employers 
  • Improving their CV or personal statement

Year 11 

All students in Year 11 

  • are guaranteed a Careers Guidance interview 
  • Are provided with a wide range of information regarding post 16 courses and training opportunities.(college prospectuses, apprenticeship opportunities) 
  • Support with the college application process and course selection 
  • Have a dedicated College taster evening 
  • Have a carers evening for parents and students 
  • Apprenticeship identification and support, including employer workshops 
  • Attend College visits and talks 
  • Have a comprehensive programme of careers education and guidance 
  • Have information on summer activities such as National Citizenship Service 

Work Experience Links 


Useful Websites 

https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ National Careers Service Year 11 Summer programme
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk Useful careers website 

Local Colleges 




University choices 


Measuring Impact 

The School uses a number of measures to evaluate impact including analysing destination data, taking views of students and parents at key event such as information evenings. As well as the ongoing evaluation of careers education programme and careers days.  

We use Gatsby benchmarks to constantly assess the effectiveness of our provision, and we closely monitor the impact of this through evaluation from employers and students. We use The Careers and Enterprise Company’s tool Compass Plus to audit our careers provision and to keep track of careers related activity. 


The Baker Clause is an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act which requires schools to proactively provide equal access to all local sixth forms, colleges and employers 

At Penair School we are very proactive in welcoming all providers to speak to our young people and ensure that they have relevant information to enable them to make informed choices about their future. We hold regular assemblies led by providers, careers fairs, visits and talks to all year groups 

Key Careers Staff  

Careers Lead: Leanne Sherwood lsherwood@penair.cornwall.sch.uk 

Senior Leadership Team Link: Nicola Hosking nhosking@penair.cornwall.sch.uk  

Governor Link: Rob Ingram

Enterprise Advisers: Industry Links who volunteer to support our careers education and guidance programme. 

Enterprise Adviser: Mark Lewin Hospitality Table Cornwall