Careers and Higher Education :

At New Rickstones Academy our aim is to help you through the challenge of deciding a career, providing an independent and comprehensive careers guidance service for students seeking information on school leaver employment and further study.

Careers lead: Mrs J Watterston . Email :

Independent Careers Advisor: Mr S Cooper

Mission Statement:

At New Rickstones Academy we are committed to providing good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work-related learning (WRL) for all students in years 7 to 13. We measure ourselves using the Gatsby Benchmarks. The eight benchmarks provide us with a framework that helps us to identify our strengths and areas that we can develop.

Our careers programme is embedded within the curriculum and supported throughout the school by teachers, tutors, as well as partners and dedicated suppliers of careers education, information, advice and guidance; which enables us to deliver the very best provision to our students. The careers programme combines career planning lessons, skills workshops, one-to-one independent careers guidance, mentoring, online career information resources and a wide range of events and activities, including: sector career talks, employer visits, a careers fair, inspirational speakers, enterprise activities, career advice evenings and work experience. All students will have the opportunity to have seven encounters with employers – at least one each year from year 7 to year 13.

Our Aims:

The careers programme supports students to construct their own ‘career story’ about who they are, what is important to them and what they would like to achieve in their lives and aims to:

  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to make well informed decisions at key transition points in learning and work, through a bespoke programme of careers education.

  • Work in partnership with employers, training providers, further education and higher education institutions, to provide a wide range of opportunities that will inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work.

  • Empower students to consider a broad range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) and develop an ambitious outlook that will inspire and motivate them to achieve their personal best.

  • Provide personalised and impartial information, advice and guidance to support students to develop and manage their own progression through learning and work.

  • Raise aspiration, value and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

September Guarantee:

The September Guarantee is a guarantee of an offer, made by the end of September, of an

appropriate place in post-16 education or training for every young person completing compulsory

education. Ensuring that every young person has an offer of a place to progress onto is particularly

important as it helps young people make a seamless transition into post-16 learning or

employment with training.

The September Guarantee is supported by good quality information, advice and guidance. This

can come from a number of sources which include:

 Teachers

 Parents and family friends

 Careers Coordinators and Guidance Advisers

 On-line and printed information about courses, progression routes and employment routes

What does the Guarantee offer?

The September Guarantee is an offer of a place in one of the following:

 A school sixth form

 A college of further education

 Employment with training to at least level 2

 An apprenticeship

For advice and information on local profiles and opportunities:

Very useful links also are:

Career Statutory Guidance

More generic information can be found at :

CEIAG Activites 2022/23

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers. offers advice on career pathways

Keep up to date with the National Careers: CLICK HERE

Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver the right information at the right time to careers advisers and job seekers.

One of the most important questions when choosing what to study, where to study it - and even whether to study it - is 'Will I get a job at the end?' Another important question is 'What will I earn?' bestCourse4me is here to answer those questions. bC4me is free and utterly independent.

This site offers guidance on different types of apprenticeship and how to apply for them. It also includes an Apprenticeship Vacancies section

UCAS provides application services across a range of subject areas and modes of study for UK higher education providers.

New Rickstones Sixth Form - visit the website

Braintree Sixth Form -

College Links:

Find out about courses and qualifications on offer. Attend college open events to find out more about facilities and college life

The College at Braintree/Colchester Institute –

Chelmsford College –

Writtle College –