Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Careers Education

What is CEIAG?                  

CEIAG stands for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. This programme of opportunity, through yrs. 7 -11, plays an integral role in preparing young people for opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. It is vital that all 11-16 year olds have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future as they transition to post 16 education.

At Oasis Academy Brightstowe we are committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Years 7-11, in partnership with outside agencies such as WON (Western outreach Network), Colleges, 6th Forms, Apprenticeship providers and Universities. Our aim is to raise student aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them. Oasis Academy Brightstowe has a strong record of accomplishment with its CEIAG programme, as demonstrated by its excellent 'destination' data, which we are required to monitor as part of our CEIAG policy. The most recent figures for this are as follows:

Leavers destination data (DFE, 2018):

Post 16 Activity Group

Number of Students

Current Situation Not Known






In Learning






Re-engagement Provision









*Including three scholarships to Colston’s and two to Redmaids’

Why is CEIAG so important?

Good Career guidance is the key to social mobility. It is about showing young people - whatever their social and family background – the options open to them and helping them to make the right choices to set them on a path to rewarding future careers. Ofsted recognise the importance of career guidance and reference its importance throughout their inspection framework.


Gatsby Benchmarks

At Oasis Academy Brightstowe, our CEIAG activities are aligned to the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance. These career benchmarks are the result of an international study to find the best practice in career guidance worldwide.



“Pupils engage well with the many extra-curricular activities offered. These add to their preparation for life beyond school. Leaders link well with local businesses and colleges. Pupils feel well-prepared for their next steps through work experience and presentations from companies and educational establishments. Pupils are ambitious for their own futures and have high aspirations as a result.”

Ofsted Inspection Report (2018) 


How do we measure impact?

The impact of our careers program is assessed using a bespoke self-evaluation tool (WON) that looks at our activities against the Gatsby Benchmarks and our annual destinations data.

Our promise to parents

At Oasis Academy Brightstowe, we have committed to provide a bespoke careers programme for each of our students that includes:

  • Opportunities to explore career and labour market information (yr7-10)
  • STEM projects, along with other links between curriculum learning and careers (yr7-10)
  • Regular encounters with employers and employees (yr7-10)
  • Experiences of workplaces / mock interviews (Yr10)
  • At least one personal guidance meeting with a qualified career advisor (yr10-11)

In addition, we also work with south Bristol youth to run the ‘Future quest’ for 15 selected students in years 9, 10 and 11, funded by HEFC (High educational funding council).

Information for Students and Parents

When you leave Year 11, you must stay in education or training until you are 18 meaning you will study:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • Diplomas
  • Level 2/3 courses
  • Complete an apprenticeship where work and study are combined.

You could study at:

  • Colleges/sixth-forms colleges/ apprenticeship providers

Each course will have its own requirements. Make sure you know what the requirements are for the course you would like to study:

  • Most courses will require a CV
  • Most courses will require an interview

Regardless of your next steps…

5 GCSE’s at Grades 5 or above (to ideally include Math, English and Science) opens doors to a future of your choice!


Where can I find out about my options?

You might already know what it is you want to do next based on your interests. Maybe you have even chosen your future career and know what you need to do to get there. However, do not panic if you don’t! You will not be alone. If you do find yourself stuck for ideas, or need to know what to study to access a particular career, then the web sites below will be of particular help. 

If you do find yourself stuck for ideas, or need to know what to study to access a particular career, then the websites below will be of particular help.

Where could I study?

Links to local colleges and apprenticeship providers are below:

Our local choices for A-Level courses and future access to University Studies:

·                St Bedes


·                 Redland Green


·                SMRT


·                Colston’s (Scholarship programme)


·                Redmaids High School for Girls (Scholarship programme)


Further Education – Vocational courses and Apprenticeships:


·                 City of Bristol Post 16 College


·                 Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy


·                 Digitech – Studio School


·                 SGS – South Gloucester and Stroud College


Useful links:


·                Bristol Post 16 Directory
Everywhere in Bristol that you can study Post 16 options

·                 University of Bristol

·                 Boom Satsuma

·                 Access to Music

·                 BCFC

·                 Find an Apprenticeship

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Ms April Booker is our Academy Careers Leader.  If you wish to make contact with Ms Booker please do so through or telephone reception 0117 316 7330.

The date of our next review will be September 2019.


Specific guidance for parents:



We are extremely proud to have an Apprenticeship Champion here at OAB.  You can find out more information about the scheme, here


Please click on the button below for our summary of the careers programme for parents

Careers Programme Summary - parents

Gatsby Benchmark