Careers Education & Guidance
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Our Careers Education Intent
To excite and motivate pupils’ curiosity about different careers and industries;
To inspire pupils’ aspirations in order to unlock their potential and develop their employability skills;
To empower pupils to challenge stereotyping and discrimination and other barriers to diversity and equality in further education and careers.
Statutory Requirements & Provider Access Policy
The careers provision at The Westgate School is in line with the statutory guidance developed by the Department of Education, which refers to Section 42A and 45A of the Education Act 1997: as a school we provide independent careers guidance from Year 7 to Year 11. This guidance is impartial and gives information on a range of pathways and post-16 education providers, including university options, apprenticeships and further education. It is adapted to meet the needs and interests of the individual pupils.
Our Careers Education Implementation 2023/24:
Careers Education Policy - Located on our policy page
Our Careers Education Intent is evaluated termly against the Gatbsy Benchmarks and our documents and policies are evaluated and updated yearly. The most recent evaluation can be found further down on this page
Our Careers Education Impact 2023/24:
Encounters with Further and Higher Education
To apply to Andover College visit the Andover College website or use
Apply - Full Time and Part Time courses - Andover College | Hampshire
To apply to Sparsholt College visit the Sparsholt website or use
How to Apply - Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt.
Our Digital Handout which can be used in school or sent digitally to Year 11s and their parents/carers. Information can be accessed by clicking on anything of interest. The Digital Handout includes links to a presentation with voiceover and other useful online information. Digital Handout
Also, please could you make your year 10 & 11 students aware that registrations are opening in the next few days for Sparsholt College’s open event on Saturday 7 October 2023. These are on campus, in person events. To attend, your students will need to register for the event and tours of subject areas as soon as possible by visiting Experience Sparsholt - Sparsholt College Hampshire.
Timings for the event depend on the tour/tours that the student has booked. Open Events
BCOT – Basingstoke College of Technology
Peter Symonds College
Our next Open Evenings for 2024 entry will take place on
Wednesday 5 July 2023: 5.30 - 8.30pm
Thursday 6 July 2023: 5.30 - 8.30pm
Booking for these events will be essential. A booking system will be available from mid-June.
We welcome any offers of support for our careers programme. You may like to offer to talk to pupils about your career in a particular field or share your career journey. In our programme, we have built in opportunities for pupils to experience a wide range of careers from Science, Technology and the field of Mathematics, as well as creative careers in the Arts, Publishing, Journalism and Design and Business.
In fact, the more diverse the better, as it enables pupils to widen their opportunities on offer. If you would like to get involved, please contact
Careers Lead - Mrs Judd