Careers Information

Our offer

At Sandymoor, we aim to prepare our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. In other words, creating a culture and mindset “where dreams are within reach.”

Careers education and guidance is an essential part of this process, so we ensure that students have access to a high-quality programme, as well as face-to-face guidance from an independent, professionally-qualified careers adviser.

Our taught careers programme is delivered through our weekly Personal Development lessons in years 7-11, through regular assemblies, within form tutor time and through linked events, including:

  • Careers fair
  • Mock interviews
  • Visits to local colleges and apprenticeship providers

We work alongside Halton Careers Education Service to ensure our students get bespoke individual careers, advice and guidance interviews with our advisor.  Our Year 10 students also complete a one-week work experience placement, usually in June. 

Liverpool City Region Careers Hub

We partner with Liverpool City Region Careers Hub to give our students access to advisers, universities, training providers, businesses and careers professionals to improve how we prepare our students for their next steps.

Quality in Careers Standard

We are proud to have retained the Quality in Careers Standard fully incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks provided by the Licensed Awarding Body, Complete Careers Career Mark, using the Career Mark approach.

This is an excellent achievement and recognises the quality and breadth of our careers provision. 

Gatsby benchmarks

There are eight Gatsby Benchmarks which every school promotes as part of their careers, advice and guidance offer. We are proud to report that we satisfy 100% of the benchmarks. These are:

BenchmarkHow we meet it
A stable careers programmeCareers, advice and guidance information is delivered through our Personal Development lessons, assemblies and form time.
Learning from career and labour market informationAnnual careers fair.
Accessing our website and careers notice boards / library.
Addressing the needs of each studentEvery student meets our Careers Advisor at least once.
Links curriculum learning to careersEmbedded within each programme of study are links to appropriate careers. Careers, advice and guidance information is also delivered via our taught Personal Development curriculum.
Encounters with employers and employeesWork experience placements are arranged for all year 10 students.
Careers fair is very well attended by over 40 providers.
Experiences of workplacesWork experience placements are arranged for all Year 10 students.
Careers fair is very well attended by over 40 providers.
Encounters with further and higher educationVisits from and to HE and FE providers, such as, sampling days at Riverside and Cronton and trips to universities such as Liverpool.
Personal guidance. Every student meets our Careers Advisor at least once.

If you would like more information, please contact our careers lead Mr David Davies.

Our careers strategy is reviewed yearly. The latest review was conducted in January 2024.