In our recent Ofsted report careers advice was rated as "Outstanding".

A comprehensive and cohesive programme of advice and guidance prepares pupils very well for the next step in their education or career. Employers visit the school to help pupils with interview skills and pupils go outside the school to develop an understanding of the wider world. For example, pupils who are interested in the care industry take part in community work.

Leaders provide very effective advice and guidance to sixth-form students. Students say careers education is ‘amazing’. They benefit from links with around 150 different businesses and receive visits from a range of industries. All students complete a record of achievement with an individual employer and undertake a career management module. Students develop a folder of evidence and career action plans based on research and supporting documentation. Retention from Year 12 to Year 13 is high, and the number of students leaving the school not in education, employment or training is low.

Our Careermark was revalidated in September 2017 for a further 2 years.

Beverley Baker was nominated and won the CDI Career Educator of the Year in 2015. 

Congratulations to Beverley Baker from Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury who was named Career Educator of the Year at the Career Development Institute Conference in Cardiff on 9th November. The award was presneted by ex Welsh rugby player Scott Quinnell.

Careers Entitlement

Our aim is to provide students with information from varied sources to allow them to make informed decisions regarding options, further education, higher education, apprenticeships and future Career pathways. Mrs Baker and the independent careers adviser offer information, advice and guidance to students.  They are both qualified Careers Practitioners. The independent careers adviser visits school on a regular basis.

Careers opening times and contact details

  • Every day at breaktime and lunchtime

  • Before school and after school

  • Mrs Baker – Head of Careers and Careers Practitioner

  • Miss Perkins - Work Related Learning Co-ordinator

All School Years

We provide the following exciting activities:

Employer Workshops – employers from various industries come into school usually around 1pm until 1.30pm.  Workshops are advertised to students via Student Noticeboard which is read out to students during tutorial time, posters and   Students are encouraged to sign up for these workshops In the Careers Hub.

Enrichment Day activities – Three days each year students are provided with a programme of activities which cover Careers and PSHE education.  We plan activities such as Speed Employer Networking, employer led activities and Charity events. Visits to TGS from Universities, Colleges and employers to share information.  Roadshows to promote healthy living and Career opportunities.

Visits to Careers Fairs – meet local employers, colleges and universities to gain information.

Personalised visits to Local Employers – Usually offered to students in small groups.

Careers interviews – Referrals by staff, students and parents. All students can request an interview with our own fully qualified careers practitioner or the independent careers adviser.

Careers & Working Party Club – Monday after school.  We explore skills and qualities, we learn about careers and further Education in a fun way.  Students evaluate Careers resources and support planning for future activities.

Year 10/12

Work Experience – Students are encouraged to visit Careers to work with the team to plan for a work experience placement; they must sign an agreement to catch up with any missed work.  Many students this year have completed placements during school holidays.

Work Experience Entitlement  – 15 days work experience between Year 10 – 13.  Students are encouraged to take up to 10 days in Year 10 and are offered 5 days in Year 12.  Full details of the work experience programme can be found in the Year 10 Careers information Leaflet (Above).

Year 11 

Career Pathway Interview – Mrs Baker and the independent careers adviser offer impartial information, advice and guidance.  Students are offered information, advice and guidance to support them in their applications to Sixth Form, College, Apprenticeships and University.  Mrs Baker and the independent careers adviser will work with the students to review their grade levels, and will offer impartial information sources to enable students to make informed choices.

Open Event information – A full list of sixth form and college open events is made available for students in the Careers Hub and shared by email.  Students are encouraged to attend open events with their parents/carers.

Work Experience for 6th form Students

Year 12 students are entitled to 5 days work experience with the exception of BTEC work experience which may include a large number of hours as a part of the course.  The sixth form work experience coordinator and aims to find suitable placements for students in their chosen field. The employer will normally ask to see the students for an interview prior to work experience commencing. Students are asked to compose a CV and personal statement to take with them on the interview.

During the work placement, students will be visited by one of the careers team, who will be given feedback by the employer.

BTEC work experience

Work experience for students who are studying a BTEC subject have to complete a required number of hours on a subject related work placement, in order to achieve the qualification.  6th form students who are interested in work experience should visit the Careers Hub.