Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Careers Education

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.

Ms Melanie Powell  is our Academy Careers Leader.  If you wish to make contact with Ms Powell please email hello@oasisbrightstowe.org or telephone reception on 0117 316 7330.

Our careers programme

At Oasis Academy Brightstowe, as part of the Character and Opportunity curriculum, we provide a bespoke careers programme for each of our students that includes:

  • Opportunities to explore career and labour market information (years 7-10)
  • STEM projects, along with other links between curriculum learning and careers (years 7-10)
  • Regular encounters with employers and employees (years 7-10)
  • Experiences of workplaces/mock interviews/CV-writing/job and college applications (Year 10)
  • At least one personal guidance meeting with a qualified career advisor (years 10-11)
  • The opportunity to create a careers action plan (using an online platform called Grofar) from Year 7, and build a portfolio that can be used in a CV
  • Opportunities to develop employability skills through the Skills Builder programme.

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


Click HERE to find out about 12 inspirational apprentices - including Henry Ford, Stella McCartney and David Beckham. 



Training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers

As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students. Click HERE for further details about how to request access.

How do we measure impact?

The impact of our careers programme is assessed using a bespoke self-evaluation tool (Compass Careers Benchmark tool) which is completed alongside our Careers Enterprise Advisor. The self-evaluation looks at our activities against the Gatsby Benchmarks and our annual destination data.

Gatsby benchmarks

Our CEIAG activities are aligned to the eight Gatsby benchmarks [Link: http://www.gatsby.org.uk/uploads/education/good-career-guidance-handbook-digital.pdf] of Good Career Guidance. These career benchmarks are the result of an international study to find the best practice in career guidance worldwide.

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

January 2022 Gatsby assessment


Progress towards meeting Benchmark January 2022

1 A stable careers programme




2 Learning from career and labour market information



3 Addressing the needs of each student



4 Linking curriculum learning to careers



5 Encounters with employers and employees



6 Experience of workplaces




7 Encounters with further and higher education



8 Personal guidance




Annual Activity Survey 2020

Post 16 Activity Group

Number of Students

Current Situation Not Known






Jobs without training











Pupils feel well-prepared for their next steps through work experience and presentations from companies." Ofsted 2018