Student Careers

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: Ms D Godwin

Independent Careers Advisor: Mr S Cooper

Mission Statement

New Rickstones Academy Careers aims to facilitate the transition from education to further education and employment whilst supporting the development of life skills required to build, grow, and maintain, fulfilling careers To be the main provider of careers advice and guidance in the academy and enable all students to make well informed choices about their future. We aim to:

  • Foster partnerships with local, national and global organisations and businesses to enhance student opportunities.
  • Source and provide up-to-date information about occupations, fields of work, courses, work experience opportunities and research organisations.
  • Help students understand and develop the necessary skills to equip them for whatever career path they choose.
  • Provide opportunities for students to understand their competencies, aspirations and options through a variety of means, including personal discussion with professional advisers.
  • Promote the exchange of ideas between members of the academy and representatives of other organisations on matters affecting the employment of our students.
  • Provide our services impartially, confidentially, efficiently and free from discrimination, adhering to national codes of good practice and professional standards.
  • Recruit, train and develop staff at all levels, to enable these aims and objectives to be met.

See our Statutory Information page for our Accessibility Plan

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

Very useful links also are:


or more generic information can be found at :

For advice and information on local profiles and opportunities click here >

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.

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.

Witham 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 –