Careers and Pupil Futures


At Houlton School 'Aspiration' is one of our core pillars, alongside 'Innovation' and 'Excellence'. Our careers and pupil-futures offer is centred on the concept of aspirations and our imagined futures.

We recognise that Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) makes a significant contribution to preparing our pupils to take their place as suitably skilled, qualified and responsible adults within society, who can make informed choices and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

CEIAG will enable all pupils to develop key employability and enterprise skills which are highly valued by employers, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers.


CEIAG at Houlton School will:

● provide a planned programme of activities to which all students from Years 7-13 are entitled;
● help pupils to plan and manage their careers;
● provide information, advice and guidance (IAG) which is impartial, unbiased and is based on pupils’ needs;
● follow best practice guidance from the careers profession and other expert bodies;
● work in partnership with external providers to ensure all pupils access education, employment or training after KS4 and 5;
● provide inspiration and aspiration, as well as advice about local market information.

Pupils across in years 7-11 have access to external, independent careers information and guidance from Prospects/The Shaw Trust, including a discrete interview in Year 11 to support them with planning their routes Post-16.


Pupils and parents need to be aware of the National Qualification framework. Each accredited qualification fits into one of the levels and at the end of KS4, students will apply for either:

Foundation/Entry Level
Level 1 (equivalent to 4 grades 3 at GCSE or equivalent qualification e.g. BTEC )
Level 2 (equivalent to 5 grades 4/5 at GCSE or equivalent qualification e.g. BTEC or Intermediate Apprenticeship)
Level 3 (equivalent to GCE 'A' levels, GCE 'T' levels, or equivalent qualification e.g. BTEC or Advanced Apprenticeship)
Provider Access

Links are proactively being developed with local post-16 providers and local higher education providers, academic and vocational, as well as representatives from a wide range of career sectors. All pupils have access to independent, external advice from Prospects/The Shaw Trust from Year 7 onwards as part of our careers education programme.

External providers and local employers who are interested in supporting our students should contact Vice Principal Chloe Buckenham.

Houlton School Provider Access Statement

Gatsby Careers Benchmarks 

Access to current nationwide vacancies.
Tools to help you think about possible careers and the qualifications you will need to enter these. It is free to register and helps you identify your strengths, possible careers and other activities.
Impartial advice on different career routes, CV writing etc. It also has a free phone number which gives students access to specialist careers advice with a trained careers adviser.
Job sectors – The skills and qualifications needed to get into that job, what the work would be like, the pay you could expect, what the career prospects are. ‘Job sector quiz’ to find out what career area you are suited to.
Job profiles and career information including ‘What can I do with my degree?’
Helping students to develop the employability skills they need to go into the world of work
Careers website full of tips and advice, particularly about what subjects to study as options
University courses and applications
Live apprenticeship vacancies.
Volunteering opportunities
Job and apprenticeship vacancies

...[pupils] take part in the wealth of clubs and trips on offer. The school has developed a broad and wide-ranging curriculum for all pupils. The academic curriculum sits alongside a ‘co-curriculum’ that extends pupils’ learning.
Ofsted, 2024