City of Norwich School

Careers Guidance and Information


At City of Norwich School, An Ormiston Academy, work related learning takes many forms and is aimed to give students the skills that today’s employers are looking for. Our intention is to prepare each of our students to ensure they are in a competitive position to secure a career that is stimulating, rewarding and provides financial wellbeing.

Work Related Learning is embedded in teaching and learning and delivered as part of our dedicated Guidance Days when students have the chance to take part in enterprise and employability activities including mock interviews and Dragon’s Den type challenges. We also hold major careers fairs at the school.

The school regularly welcomes visitors from local businesses to talk to students and in some cases, students have had the opportunity to attend tours of local business premises.

Key stage three

In Year 7 students learn about money matters and financial wellbeing the labour market, and what jobs are likely to be “hot” in the future. They will also begin to build a careers profile in the START application which will help them to identify areas they would like to develop. They will continue to develop this START profile as they progress through our school.

Year 8 students will work on problem-solving skills and work related skills with Camouflage learning, whose approach can be sampled on the TED Ed you tube channel. They will continue to develop their START career profile, supplemented by Future First alumni.

In readiness for their GCSEs, information and guidance for Year 9 students focuses on the choices they should make to facilitate successful results and pave their route towards the broad career goals they are seeking.

Key stage four

In Year 10, students take part in a flagship work experience programme which culminates in them spending the last two weeks of the Summer Term working at a wide range of local employers. Students are supported to approach employers to find their own placement and thus gain first-hand experience of job seeking.

Students will receive advice and coaching to ensure that they get the most from their placements, learning about employer expectations and health and safety issues. Each year, employers have been impressed by the motivation, attitude and commitment demonstrated by our students.

Our Careers Fair in the Autumn term gives Year 11 the opportunity to meet with a comprehensive range of employers and training providers from the local area, and some universities from further afield who can help with queries about these aspirations. The fair will show Year 11 students the hot careers in our area, and how an apprenticeship, or A levels at CNS Sixth Form can help them to reach their goals.

They will also register with Help You Choose and they can use this platform to research and complete their post-16 applications.

For more information on careers research, work and skills, click on the following links: 

Careers Research

Norfolk Work & Skills - Information & guidance for young people

All students will receive support appropriate to their needs in order to make an informed choice in relation to their post 16 options. If Year 11s plan to progress on to the Sixth Form, they will receive extensive guidance to help them make their A level choices from the Sixth Form Leadership Team here at CNS. The team is highly experienced and all of our students will receive whatever help they need to make these choices, including a year group assembly and more focused course section and guidance meetings for groups or individuals. Please contact the Sixth Form leadership team if you would like course information and guidance at any stage.

Key stage five

Year 12 students being the academic year with a team building day at the Hautbois centre, designed to help build new friendships, solve problems and develop resilience. Students can visit employers, often linked to academic trips within their Sixth Form courses, such as Sizewell Power Station. CNS works closely with the University of East Anglia, University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University to provide students with a comprehensive range of University experiences: all students visit at least one university in Year 12 to help them decide if they wish to apply to university and can choose taster lecturers to help them identify potential courses. We also work closely with Norfolk Apprentice Network, who visit the school regularly to help students identify suitable vacancies and prepare apprenticeship applications.

Sixth Form students at CNS receive the best guidance and support possible for their applications form the Sixth Form Team, supplemented by Causeway Education who provide further support to ensure our students’ applications are highly competitive. The Sixth Form area of the website describes this in more detail and shows the destinations of our students. Students are encouraged and supported to apply for work experience during the Sixth Form, boosting their applications and helping them to know what to expect and how to be ready for fulfilling and rewarding employment.

We are here to help you make the next step, you don’t need to know what you want your career to be.”

We evaluate our Careers provision using the “Compass” tool provided by the Careers and Enterprise Company. 

Compass helps you understand how your institution's careers education and guidance compares to the best practice set out in the Gatsby Charitable Foundation's Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

The Gatsby framework provides guidance for schools and colleges in improving their careers provision.

In 2018 100% of CNS leavers from Year 11 were successful in securing Education, Employment or Training.

Gatsby Benchmarks

CNS is above the national average for each benchmark using the Compass Tool and these scores are verified externally. 

Click HERE to see how CNS meets the Gatsby Benchmarks.   


Careers IAG Leader

Mr Philip Akroyd, email:

Careers Advice


Jackie Hammond, Careers Adviser

At CNS we understand the need for impartial Careers Guidance. Not only is this a statutory requirement, but we value the importance of providing our pupils with the information they need to make informed choices about their future beyond CNS.

Impartial Careers Guidance is provided by Beacon East and namely Jackie Hammond, who is a Level 6 qualified Careers Adviser. Jackie is available in school on a Monday and Tuesday.

Although not all pupils will need an individual careers guidance appointment, all pupils need accurate and up to date careers information and some will also seek advice from other staff in school about their future plans. Careers information and advice is provided to pupils across the curriculum and specifically on Guidance Days.

For links to lots of resources that will help your son/daughter make informed decisions about their Post-16 or Post-18 plans, please click on the links below for further information. 

If you feel your son/daughter would benefit from a Careers Guidance appointment, please speak to their tutor or Head of House or contact Mr Akroyd in school, email:

We are here to help you make decisions that are not going to be stressful. We are another level of support for you.

This information on this page was reviewed on 1st July 2019 and it will be reviewed again next term.

Links and Resources

Provider Access Policy 

Careers policy

Help You Choose

Help You Choose Website

Help You Choose PowerPoint for Parents

Start Profile



Top Tips for Apprenticeships

Careers Research

Choosing GCSE options

Choosing GCSE options (Help for parents)

How to choose A Levels

Tips on choosing A Levels

Subject choices guidance flow diagram 

Russell Group informed choices

Information for parents about careers guidance

Part time work

Top tips for Apprenticeships


IAG definitions

Application letters/CVs