Careers Information, Advice & Guidance



At Belle Vue Girls’ Academy we strive to offer excellent careers, information, advice and guidance to all our students.

Belle Vue Girls’ Academy is currently working towards a Quality in Careers Standard so we have evidence of the good practice already in place. The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. The nationally recognised award is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area of work.

Mrs Pickerden and Mrs Bradley are responsible for the Information, Advice and Guidance within school; both are qualified and experienced advisors.

Mrs Pickerden is based in the 6th form office. She is responsible for NEET (Not in Employment Education and Training) figures - ensuring students are not in this category, recording the destinations of students once they leave our school, lead tutor for the Progression Module (PM), Life Skills tutor and  guidance interviews.

Careers Leader: Mrs K Pickerden

Work Related Learning Lead : Mrs H Bradley

Careers SLT Link: Mrs T Wilkins

Governor with Responsibility for Careers: To Be Confirmed

Mrs Bradley is based in L3 in the Learning Resource Centre. She is responsible for work experience, guidance interviews, promoting other opportunities to students such as taster days and summer schools, and delivering the progression module.

Mrs Pickerden and Mrs Bradley are available at break and lunch times for you to drop in or make an appointment.

Citizenship days

Students will take part in 2 or 3 Citizenship days each year. This is a day when all students follow a different timetable and some sessions will be linked to CEIAG.

Most Able

Students who are recognised as our ‘most able’ will benefit from 1-1 mentoring sessions and visits to Universities form year 7 onward. In 6th form they will also have the opportunity to sign up for programmes visits and summer schools with Russell Group universities and Oxbridge. These will encourage them to gain places at the most prestigious universities. Last year (2018) – Students gained places in Russell group universities.

Useful links:

Once students have left school they can access further guidance through Connexions:

Key stage 3

Year 7

Support is offered to our year 7 students to help them to settle in to Belle Vue Girls’ Academy. Every student will know who their pastoral manager is and who they can approach with any concerns.

Students will be introduced to Mrs Pickerden and Mrs Bradley and know where they can find them for any careers guidance they need at any point in their Belle Vue journey.

Year 8

Careers related topics will be covered during citizenship days. These will include self-assessment of their skills and how subjects relate to careers.

Key stage 4

Year 9

Students will be signposted to Mrs Pickerden and Mrs Bradley for support in making their option choices.

During Key stage 3 pupils will be offered visits to FE/HE providers and the chance to sign up for the children’s university.

The “Bright Futures – World of Enterprise” day gives Year 9 students every opportunity to develop and practice key enterprise skills.

The programme is upbeat, practical, inspiring and informative.  Students partake in a range of group activities that promote team-working and problem solving in a Work Related context.

The programme aims to develop the skills that enterprising people need for the work place, self-employment, entrepreneurship and to become respectable caring citizens.

Students take part in a fun, active and enterprising day.  They take part in a range of practical activities that aim to develop work-related and enterprise skills.  Working in teams they compete against others to win prizes whilst developing and practicing a range of enterprising skills.

Year 10

Students in year 10 will all have the amazing opportunity to complete a 1 week work experience placement. Students’ select 3 choices as to the type of placement they would like to attend and we match their choices to their ability and feedback from form tutors in terms of attendance and behaviour. Students have the option of being able to sort out their own placement or school will arrange it for them. Placement are generally in Bradford (covering Keighley, Shipley and other surrounding area’s) but every year we have students who are happy to travel to Leeds City Centre for their placement which can open up further opportunities.

Year 11

All year 11 will be invited to attend a 1-1 guidance interview between November and April. This will be followed up by group sessions depending on the student’s choice; sessions will include apprenticeship applications, applying to college and applying to other 6th forms.

We hold a career fair during National Careers and Apprenticeship week that year 11 students will be invited to attend with representatives from colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and employers.

Key stage 5

Year 12 – A-level and level 3 students will follow a study programme called the Progression Module.

In year 12 students will work through the Progression Module which is a formal programme of study that provides an opportunity for students to investigate progression routes – primarily to Higher Education.

Content - The module comprises four units:

  • you and your career
  • exploring your future
  • managing your money
  • marketing yourself 

Successful completion of the scheme earns the participant 12 UCAS points, recognised by many of the local universities.

Aim & Objectives

  • to provide a structured and formalised HE preparation programme
  • to encourage progression into Higher Education for all students
  • to support preparation for Higher Education with structured and formalised Higher Education information and guidance programme
  • to encourage informed choices and decisions by individuals
  • to provide formal recognition for the work undertaken by students in preparation for Higher Education

Following completion of the progression module, students will take part in a UCAS day in school. This will involve registering on the UCAs website and also considering alternatives to University. We will have representatives from school leaver’s programmes and an apprenticeship provider.

Year 12 students will also attend a visit to a Higher Education Institution as part of the progression module to develop their primary research. They will also be invited to attend the careers fair held in school during National Careers and Apprenticeship week.

Every student will be offered a mock interview with an external partner. Subject focus days are promoted in year 12 and students are encouraged to book themselves a place so they have a better understanding of what it will be like to study a particular subject at university.

Year 12 students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement to fit around their own school timetable and support them in their application for post 18 options. We will also support them to attend taster days at universities, UCAS Fairs and summer schools.

Year 12 – Vocational (Level 1 & 2) students will attend an extended work placement as part of their chosen course. Placements take place every Monday from the end of October until the Easter break. Prior to attending their work placement; students will work with Mrs Pickerden and Mrs Bradley to prepare for the ‘world of work’.

On completion of their placement; students will then work again with Mrs Pickerden and Mrs Bradley on their CV and applications for college, apprenticeships and 6th form.

Year 13

In year 13 students continue with a weekly timetabled lesson with support and advice towards their plans once they leave BVGS.

We hold a Mini UCAS event at the beginning of October where we have representatives and admissions tutors from different Universities who will come and read students personal statements. University staff will also be available for any course enquiries.

We support students with their applications through UCAS and personal statements until the half term break. We then ask all students to consider other routes; offering sessions on apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.

We invite representatives from local universities in to school to deliver sessions on different subject areas and talk about what it will be like to study at their institution.

Year 13 students who are not holding any offers at University will be invited to attend the Careers fair in school during National Careers and Apprenticeship week.

Year 13 will be offered help and support from when they finish their A Levels through to results day and beyond if they are not holding any offers of university places. On A level results day in August Mrs Bradley and Mrs Pickerden will be in school to help students with clearing, accepting offers and any other HE related queries.


Date of next review:- September 2019