Careers Education, Information advice and guidance (CEIAG)

All of the staff at John Smeaton Academy play a large part in preparing our students for the future but we also have a dedicated Careers team that help to provide students with specialist knowledge, advice and guidance to answer any and all careers-related questions – our Careers team are:

Georgie Lamble

Georgie Lamble

Assistant Principal - Careers Lead

Contact: [email protected]

Denise Harris

Denise Harris

Careers Advisor

We work closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership Enterprise Adviser network, Ahead Partnership, local colleges, higher education institutions and private training providers and employers such as the Civil Service, Caddick Construction and Sound Leisure, to ensure our students get the most current information on opportunities available to them and the support to make the most of them.

We measure our success by our students’ destinations, and this is reflected in numbers securing first choice post-16 provision and progressing to apprenticeships, traineeships, university and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.

Further details of the careers programme can be found in the John Smeaton Academy Careers Programme 2023-2024, our CEIAG policy and our Providor Access Statement. The CEIAG programme will be reviewed on an annual basis by the careers leader and adapted where necessary. This will take into account any feedback from staff, students or external providers linked to the previous year’s activities.

John Smeaton Academy careers programme 2023-24

  • Bespoke programme of careers education as part of form time and drop-down days, including hearing from external speakers so that students have an awareness of the full variety of job roles and progression pathways available to them in the future, including work, volunteering, university, sixth form, college and apprenticeships.
  • Bespoke careers assemblies at key points in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
  • National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week, including a full programme of activities targeted specifically at each year group.
  • Access to a careers fair for all KS4 students and opportunity to speak with a wide range of different employers, universities, sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeship and training providers from the local area and further afield. Opportunity to speak with a qualified careers advisor with parents/carers at GCSE options evening and parents’ evening.
  • Access and opportunity to speak with a qualified impartial careers advisor within school at with parents/carers at GCSE options evening and KS4 consultation evenings.
  • Access (both in school and at home) to the online Start careers software  platform, which allows students to explore where their skills and interests can take them in the future.


Careers Activities
Year 7
  • Be Smart Day activities including Careers Panel Q+A.
  • Careers related assemblies and Personal Development activities.
Year 8
  • Be Smart Day activities including Speed Networking Events.
  • Careers related assemblies and Personal Development activities.
Year 9
  • Looking Ahead Interviews in preparation for the Options Evening.
  • Year 9 students to be invited to the careers fair.
  • Options Assemblies including curriculum updates and advice on Apprenticeships/EHC/Post 16 options.
  • Options Evening and follow up careers meetings where requested.
  • Assemblies also used to outline the main Post 16 options and to familiarise students with the range of options available to them: HE/FE/Apprenticeships.
Year 10
  • Looking Ahead meetings with SLT.
  • Careers related assemblies and Personal Development activities. 1:1 Careers meetings with Careers Advisor.
  • Post 16 and Job Interview Practice 1:1 with local business volunteers.
  • Year 10 students to be invited to the Careers Fair
  • Planning personal statements in July in preparation for further education.
Year 11
  • Looking Ahead Interviews.
  • Application sessions in Personal Development with form tutors.
  • Be Smart Day sessions to complete further applications.
  • Careers Fair with FE and Apprenticeship focus as well as HE providers.
  • Targeted 1:1 Careers interviews with Careers Advisor to follow up to Looking Ahead meetings with SLT.
  • Sessions on CV writing and bespoke support for Apprenticeship applicants.
  • Informal ‘drop in’ sessions at break and lunchtime in the Library or after school in Home Learning Club.
  • Interview preparation sessions for Post 16 colleges and apprenticeship applications.
  • Careers Team are available in school on GCSE results day.

Gatsby Benchmarks 

We follow the 8 steps to success as recommended by Sir John Holman (Gatsby benchmark)

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a government endorsed framework of eight guidelines designed to raise the standard of careers education and guidance across the UK.  Many schools across the UK, including John Smeaton Academy, are following the guideline to ensure that their school’s careers education, advice and guidance programme meets the needs of all their students and provides a well-rounded careers education that will help them to achieve their full potential in the world of work

Our whole careers programme has been planned around achieving the eight benchmarks, for example, increasing our pupils’ access to employers and embedding careers education across the curriculum.  Our careers advisor will help us to continue to achieve benchmark 8 which is about providing independent careers advice.

The 8 Benchmarks are as follows:

    Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
    Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
    Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
    All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
    Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
    Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.
    All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
    Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Should you require further guidance please follow the link below to the Gatsby website:

Student Destination

The data below shows the destinations of where Year 11 students went to after completing their education at John Smeaton Academy 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the data we will be using to assess the impact of our careers programme moving forward, please contact the school on 0113 831 3900 or [email protected]

Student Destinations 2022-23
Student Destinations 2021-22
Student Destinations 2020-21

Are you a student or parent/carer?

Careerometer Do Your Research! Labour Market Information


We have created a page to support you, as a student or a parent/carer, with post-16 choices information. This page shares information about different post-16 options: A-levels, BTECs, T-levels and Apprenticeships. There is also a student information booklet entitled: Post-16 Options- How it all works?.

Careers advice and information for specific areas

START – Free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential Go Construct – Careers in construction Health Careers NHS – Careers in health
WYHEC – Nursing and learning disability nursing Skills For Care – Social work and careers in care Get Into Teaching – Teaching
LANTRA – Careers with animals, plants and the environment The Tech Partnership – Careers within the IT sector IT Career Finder – IT Careers
Future Morph – Science, technology, engineering and maths careers Tomorrows Engineers – Engineering careers Science Career Pathways – Science careers
CC Skills – Creative careers Careers In Music – Careers in music Screen Skills – Film/tv/games/media
The Art Career Project – Visual arts including fashion Careers In Business – Business careers Auto City – Careers in the motor industry
Get Into Theatre – Career in theatre CAW – Animal careers All About Law – Law careers
Joining The Police – Police careers Careers In Sport – Sports careers The British Army – Army careers


Volunteering website recommendations:  site aimed at 14-24 year olds, search to find volunteering opportunities Organisation that can help to find opportunities in Leeds   search and apply for volunteering opportunities

Are you an employer, college, university, training or apprenticeship provider?

As a school, we have a statutory commitment to uphold the Education Act 1997 and the recent Technical and Further Education Act 2017, which involves adhering to the Baker Clause that came into force on 2nd January 2018 (

The policy statement from the school (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) explains how providers of technical education, such as alternative 14-16 providers, Further Education colleges and apprenticeship providers can apply for access to speak with our students in Years 7-11 about the various education and training options available to them at 14-16 and post-16, including details of suitable access points within our school calendar and the lead contact at the school who can help to facilitate this.

As a starting point, please contact our Careers Lead, on the following details if you have an interest in working with or coming in to speak with our students about any of the opportunities you may be able to provide to them in the future:

[email protected].