Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance

Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

You are not alone if you find that the idea of making your choices is a bit scary, but this is actually your opportunity to take control of your future.

Our CEIAG Team will help students to become more independent and to be able to manage their personal and career development. The options they choose at whilst with us will help them decide what you want to do when they leave the Sixth Form. The choices they make may also influence what course or job you decide to do.

Our colleagues from Youth Direction will provide students with a variety of advice to help them make appropriate choices for the future. Students will also access careers support and guidance in their lessons. Students will study towards qualifications in Employability or Personal Progress, which both involve a significant amount of career preparation.

For further information regarding the Post 16 offer please contact Steve Cropper CEIAG lead at the Sixth Form or Melissa Fisher for students who are in Years 7 to 11.

Making Appropriate Choices

Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form, students are given targeted support as they plan for the transition beyond compulsory education. Some students need very little counselling and are clear about their future choices. These students meet with a member of the Careers team, their plans are discussed and advice is given, as required. Students are offered additional support if and when it is required.

For an overview of our CEIAG programme click CEAIG programme

Find the Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form CEIAG Policy here

You can find a copy of the Abbey Hill Sixth Form Gatsby Audit here

All students have access to the following support:

  • A careers interview with a member of the Careers Team
  • Access to the Careers Clinic, open for lunch time drop-in sessions
  • Access to the Careers Page which provides links to The National Careers Service website and helpline.

For those students who need further, structured guidance, they will meet with the careers staff and have a planned individualised programme of support developed.

This can involve:

  • Careers meetings with Youth Direction
  • Assistance with applications
  • CV writing support
  • Advice around their chosen career path
  • Advice regarding further education providers in the local area
  • Visits to local Colleges and Training Providers
  • Taster days to support transition
  • Access to Careers Fairs
  • Support with college interviews

Transition beyond

Students follow a careers programme which includes talks from employers and further education institutions as well as former Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form students who have progressed through either a college or apprenticeship route. Sixth Form students who are interested in an employment opportunity route also have access to the Careers Team. Additionally individual and group meetings with employers and apprenticeship providers are arranged, as and when appropriate, to discuss students’ aspirations.

Every student in the Sixth Form is allocated an academic tutor who is responsible for supporting the student’s transition to further education or employment. A major role of the academic tutor is to write their reference.

In the most complex transitional arrangements the Principal and Vice Principals may support the process by sharing information with the Local Authority or senior colleagues in further educational institutions.


Steve Cropper - Assistant Vice Principal Careers, PSHE and Employability

Nicola Bingham - HLTA for Careers, Education, Information Advice and Guidance

Gaynor Wells - Youth Direction Advisor 

Resource - E clips

Below is the link for the online E clips programme that can be accessed by students and parents at both school and home. This resource provides supporting resources on career decision making, includes live vacancies, encourages young people to look beyond the obvious choices and advice to help young people choose both study and employment options.

A Password to access the resource can be obtained by contacting the Sixth Form.

Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form
Sheraton Building
Ketton Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8BU

Tel: 01642 664140


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