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Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

CEIAG is fundamental in helping a young person to reach their full potential and realise their dreams, and at Aylsham High School we have a many-tiered approach to this most important area.  It is our aim to ensure each student and their families are supported through the many decisions they will be making at key stages. 

We have a careers programme in our school which offers many opportunities throughout the school year for all students.  The programme includes visits to businesses and the opportunity to get involved in taster days offered by further education providers.  There is a focus on linking students’ understanding of how subjects apply in the real world of work. 

Every student in year 8 undertakes a day of ‘work experience’ as a trainee student receptionist working with our visitors and supporting front-line staff.  In year 10, all students will undertake a one week placement in the world of work which will be self generated.  Work related learning is embedded throughout the curriculum, however employer engagement is something we are extremely proud of, and work hard to secure. Futures Day is a preparation event for year 10 students, helping them to begin thinking about their choices in year 11, and thus encouraging a smooth transition to post 16.  The event is attended by further education providers, employers and apprenticeship providers.  Futures Day is followed by weekly information sessions throughout the autumn and winter terms which are attended by a different further education/training provider each week.  At Aylsham High School a number of our students choose to pursue scholarships and we are proud and happy to help them to secure their choice at schools further afield and occasionally abroad. 

The bi-annual ‘apprenticeship and higher education evening’ is an excellent opportunity for students and the wider community to meet with training providers, employers and apprentices as a means of ensuring all young people are aware of the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship as an alternative to further or higher education.  This is also an opportunity for students to engage with a number of universities who also attend and with whom we work on outreach programmes.

Volunteering is fundamental to a successful future for young people and it is expected at further/higher education application and interview that a young person is able to demonstrate and evidence their involvement in their community, and the wider world, alongside their examination grades. 

Students with SPELD or SEND are offered more intensive support and guidance to explore ideas and goals and to identify any barriers which may prevent them from achieving those goals.  These students will be referred for further support by the SEND department where relevant, and at any stage of their school career.

All students in year 11 will be offered one-to-one guidance in an impartial manner focusing on the needs of the individual student, though some will choose to make their choices independently.  We use as the common prospectus and every course available to young people in Norfolk is in the prospectus.  It is a useful guidance tool in lower years and as a means of searching for post-16 courses, and using the CAP (Common Application Process) during year 11 for post-16 applications. 

Independent careers guidance is available via and any student or family member may access this useful resource and at any stage of their learning.

Aylsham High School Futures department is proud to work with senior students whose roles as Futures Captains offer peer support working with students on CVs, research for work experience, advice on courses and presentations. Our team of alumni ambassadors support students with advice and guidance on their own career pathways, both through information sessions and as mentors. 

For further information please contact our careers advisor on 01263 738968.