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Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

At Fakenham Academy we are passionate about the importance of good quality, impartial and independent careers information, advice and guidance. The work we do within careers education and through other activities aims to raise aspirations of our young people. We endeavour to make sure that they are well informed about the changing world of work and the opportunities available to them. We assist them to make well placed and effective applications to Sixth form, College or Apprenticeships and Work-based learning.

We aim to meet the personalised needs of each of our future workers. To aide us with this goal we focus on the 8 Gatsby benchmarks of good careers guidance

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experience of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

To achieve this, we work with our Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser from New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network and have completed the compass tool


The Careers Team:

Colin Bye - Assistant Principal – Designated Career Lead  

Christine Walton – Academy IAG and Placement Co-Ordinator -Christine is at the Academy 2 days a week and meets with students from Years 9 to 13, for individual guidance interviews.  During these appointments she discusses with students their future career ideas and offers independent, impartial careers guidance about the range of education and training options available to them.

Sally West – Librarian and Careers Facilitator – Sally works alongside Christine and organisers careers and work experience appointments and maintains internal records of work experience positions and careers appointments



Norfolk County Council has created a guide offering information and advice for Year 11 choices at 16

A social media styled careers website, designed to help you choose your future career from the massive spectrum of opportunites we have in Norfolk, Suffolk and beyond.

Norfolk's careers information, application closing dates and careers advice and opportunities website

Useful Careers guidance websites:











STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)


CV Library -


An apprenticeship is a real job.  You work for an employer and learn skills and knowledge while you are completing your apprenticeships.

There are two levels of apprenticeships for 16-year olds

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2)
  • Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3)

For further information on sourcing apprenticeships see Mrs Walton.

To source an apprenticeship, go to find an apprenticeship for information on becoming an apprentice in Norfolk or call 0344 800 8024

Important: You cannot legally start full-time work or an apprenticeship until after the offical school leaving date which is 30 June 2018




The National Careers Service website has a whole range of job profiles available plus lots of other useful information.  There is also a helpline if you want to speak to a Careers Adviser – 0800 100 900.


Fakenham Sixth Form

City College Norwich

Easton and Otley College

College of West Anglia

University Technical College Norfolk

All other Colleges and Sixth Forms in Norfolk can be found via Help You Choose


National Apprenticeship Service


UCAS – for details of all Higher Education Institutions, courses available, the application process plus much more

Student Finance and how to apply


Subject choices at 13/14 for KS4

Norfolk County Council guides for subject choices for Key Stage 4 can be viewed and downloaded below.