Careers and Post-16

Provision Overview

At Wishmore Cross Academy we are committed to providing our students with information, guidance and advice in order to support them to plan their career pathway. Alongside career pathway planning, we aim to provide them with the information to be able to manage themselves in the world of work or further/higher education. We aim to raise students' aspirations and have the highest standard for their own career paths. Wishmore Cross is committed to providing a careers programme that supports all need, background and ability. Our careers programme is provided through years 7 - 11 and all students are provided with 1:1 time with the careers lead. At Wishmore Cross Academy, in January 2021 we decided to recreate our careers programme from scratch. This fresh and new programme aims to help our students identify the most appropriate pathway through their education, in order for them to reach their future career goals.

At Wishmore Cross Academy we use the Gatsby Benchmarks as a basis for our careers provision. The Gatsby Benchmarks sets out that every secondary school should use the following benchmarks when developing and improving their careers provision:

  • A stable careers programme

  • Learning from career and labour market information

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • Encounters with employers and employees

  • Experiences of workplaces

  • Encounters with further and higher education

  • Personal guidance

Following the Government’s expectation, Wishmore Cross Academy is committed to work towards the benchmarks. Since January 2021, Wishmore Cross Academy has used these benchmarks explicitly to create a brand new, fresh careers programme.

For more information please contact:

Miss Maddie Scott, Careers Lead. Telephone: 01276 857555; Email:

Personal Statement from the Careers Lead at Wishmore Cross Academy.

I joined the Wishmore Cross Academy team in 2017 with the goal of becoming a teacher. I gained my qualified teacher status in July 2020 and I am also currently leading PSHE. I teach PSHE to years 8 - 11 and GCSE Citizenship to years 9, 10 and 11, which I believe are vital for our students' preparation for life after Wishmore.

My background training is within the Youth Justice System, whereby I obtained a 1st Class Degree in the field in August 2016 from Nottingham Trent University. My passion for education stemmed from this as it is my sole belief that education is one of the most powerful tools for young people. It improves self esteem, broadens knowledge, prepares them for life and most importantly is the beginning of their career journey.

In January 2021 i became the careers lead at Wishmore Cross Academy in order to bring in a fresh and new careers programme. I am extremely passionate about providing students with the drive, skills and information to guide their career paths. In securing these, I hope to give them the power to live a life of success, security and happiness.

Please read the disclaimer statement about the progression and redesign of our careers provision. It is currently a work in progress.

Maddie Scott - Careers Lead

Disclaimer from the Careers Lead

Our careers programme at Wishmore Cross Academy is currently in the process of being redesigned. Since the role of Careers Lead was assigned in January 2021, the Careers Programme has begun a redesign journey and is ever changing in order for it to best meet the needs of our students. Our Careers Leader has created an Action Plan of what the Careers Provision at Wishmore Cross will look like. The Careers Team are still making progress towards meeting all 8 of the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, resulting in a secure and successful careers provision.

Any part of our careers programme that has been created in our Action Plan may still be a work in progress, as the aim is to have the careers programme fully embedded into our school by September 2021.

Thank you for being so patient and supportive of our staff,

Maddie Scott - Careers Lead


10th March 2021

Evaluation of Wishmore Cross Academy Careers Provision

At Wishmore Cross Academy we evaluate and measure the impact of our careers provision using two different tools. We use student, teacher and employer evaluations of the different career provisions we offer, whether it be personal guidance meetings or individual events.

Our aim is to ensure that all students are in education, training or employment when they leave us in year 11. We believe that a secure careers provision can enhance the chance of a students success in securing a place in education, employment or training so we use our NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures to measure the impact of the careers provision that we offer.

We really appreciate and encourage feedback on our careers provision at Wishmore Cross Academy. If you are a student, employer or parent/guardian, are unable to fill out an evaluation form and would like to provide some feedback on our careers provision, please email Miss M Scott, Careers Leader;

Disclaimer: Our Careers Provision is in the process of being rebuilt as of January 2021 and plans to be complicit with the gatsby benchmarks by September 2021.

Date for next review of careers information: September 2022.

WMX Careers Programme
Provider Access Statement WMX 2021-22.docx
Careers Team
WMX Careers Policy 2021