Pupils at Orchardside School engage in a programme of Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) form Year 7 to Year 11. This reflects the Gatsby benchmarks.

At Orchardside School, the Strategic Lead responsible for Careers is the Deputy Head teacher, who is supported by the Work Related Learning Coordinator, Lianne Raymond, who plans and co-ordinates the careers offer at Orchardside. The Governor responsible for Careers is Ms Sarah Carrington.


KS3 (Year 7,8 & 9)

Our KS3 careers programme includes some of the following:

•           Enrichment days

•           Residential trip to Jamie’s Farm in Hereford

•           Subject specific trips

•           Attending Essex Outdoors

In year 9, there is a big focus on preparing students for KS4 and which subjects they wish to pick. This takes place in the summer term.


KS4 (Year 10 & 11)

Our KS4 careers programme includes some of the following:

•           2-week work experience placement in the summer term for year 10 students

•           Fortnightly meetings with our school careers adviser to create action plans,

            apply for colleges/apprenticeships and create CVs. Parents are also

            welcome to come along and meet the careers adviser for any questions they

            may have on the next steps

•           Extended work placements personalised to student’s needs

•           Careers Planning lessons one day per week (year 11 Students)

•           Raising Achievement evening in December/Careers Fair

•           Residential trip to Jamie’s Farm in Hereford

•           Curriculum based trips

•           Enrichment days

•           Visits to various colleges/universities

•           Guest speakers

How can you support your child’s Career progression in Year 11 of Orchardside School.

Preparing for life after year 11 is a stressful time to any student so it is important that they are supported throughout this transition. Students are encouraged to get college applications completed by December of year 11 and to visit as many open days as possible to gain a deeper insight on their chosen path. Please encourage students to use the websites below so they are up to date with all the latest information on the different pathways available to them post year 11.

Useful websites:



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