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  • Our vision at Moorside High School is to ensure all our students are able to make aspirational, realistic and informed choices; develop the skills, aptitudes and attitudes to achieve their personal best; and are prepared for post 16 pathways and the world of work.

    There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. The landscape of education, training, and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations. It is important to recognise the new opportunities that are available for young people and look to gain the knowledge and expertise that will enable them to work in those areas.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Moorside High School has been working in partnership with the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub to embed and support the achievement of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. We have been in receipt of the Quality in Careers Award since November 2019.

Careers Leadership Team

Our Careers Leadership Team comprises of Mrs Grant (Deputy Head) and Mr Gordon, who is our full time Level 6 qualified Careers Adviser. They can be contacted at: 

Supported by

We are pleased to be supported by:

  • Beverley Ashley – Enterprise Coordinator for the Stoke & Staffordshire Careers and Enterprise Company.
  • Carl Bradshaw – Contracts Manager for St Modwen Homes.

Next review date

September 2024
Benchmark 1

A Stable Careers Programme. Every school should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents/carers, teachers, governors, and employers. 

Benchmark 2

Learning from Career and Labour Market Information. Every student and their parents/carers should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser.

Benchmark 3

Addressing the Needs of Each Student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4

Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5

Encounters with Employers and Employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Benchmark 6

Experiences of Workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7

Encounters with Further and Higher Education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Benchmark 8

Personal Guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career’s adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.