Careers Advice

Careers Adviser: Ann Ritchie

Careers Lead Coordinator: Alan Hayden

Enterprise Adviser: Philippa Bogle

Career Guidance

The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Ripon seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

As a student at Outwood Academy Ripon you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:

  • Is personal to you and always puts your interests first.
  • Motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities both within and outside Outwood Academy Ripon.
  • Helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality.
  • Provides the support you need to be successful helps you access any additional support you might need.
  • Is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of career pathways and local labour market information.
  • Protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent.

Careers at Outwood Academy Ripon will support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

Mrs. Ritchie is the CareersInc Careers Adviser and the Academy works in partnership with CareersInc, an external, independent and impartial careers guidance service based in school

CareersInc can help with all aspects of careers and choices for the future including - option choices, sixth form, college, apprenticeships, university, funding, scholarships and vocational routes.

A Careers Adviser attends Parents Events – to help students with Options Choices and Post 16 Options.

The Careers Adviser has delivered a number of activities to Ripon Outwood students to help increase their awareness of the World of Work and support them in their career planning.

As part of the government’s Careers Strategy schools will be matched with a dedicated business volunteer, called an Enterprise Adviser. Philippa Bogle is Ripon Outwood’s Enterprise Adviser. Philippa has been helping the school to move forward with its plan to improve and develop careers provision by using her connections in the local business community to meet all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020.

Activities include:

  • Careers lessons and assemblies.
  • Access to the Careers Adviser delivering 1:1 careers interviews to discuss career options and ideas.
  • Lunchtime Drop-In Sessions in the Dinner Hall open to all year groups.
  • Careers Cafes with a wide range of employers and colleges attending. Giving students a chance to find out occupational information from employers ranging from Police, Network Rail, NYCC, Harrogate Hospital, Construction Industry. Careers Cafes are open to all age groups over lunchtime for a Drop-In Queries.
  • Industry Days where employers deliver a series of Occupational Workshops. Recent Workshops for year 10 have included Careers with Animals. Careers in IT and Computing. Engineering Careers. Careers in the Care Industry. Careers in the Gaming Industry. Creative Careers. Careers in the Motor Trade and Careers in Sport. A comprehensive range of employers and FE Colleges and Universities participated in this event.
  • CV session and Application Sessions.
  • Apprenticeships Workshops with National Apprenticeship Service representative delivering the sessions.
  • Careers information and IT based careers programmes.
  • Information on noticeboards, plasma screens and website.

Employers and Parents

Employers are you interested in working with young people? Would you like to shape your future workforce? Do you have recruitment issues?
Then contact Mr Hayden who will talk to you about how employers could support the Outwood Academy Ripon Careers programme and deliver and support careers activities.

Parents, you are a valuable resource for our Employer Contacts. If you are willing to share your employment experience and vocational awareness with students to broaden their occupational awareness. Contact Mr Hayden –

Careers Programme 2019-20

Careers Leader: Email –


Outwood Academy Ripon’s Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.

We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we are introducing employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects for the first time during 2018-19.

Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:

1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance

We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:

  • our academy has begun to offer every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 11
  • our academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader
  • our academy has published details of its careers programme so that parents can see the timetable for events (this document)
  • our academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, aiming to ensure that all of them are met by the end of December 2020

What we have published online (*included within this section)

  • Our ‘Access to Providers’ Policy (see foot of this page)
  • the name, email address and telephone number of our Careers Leader*
  • a summary of the careers programme, including details of how students, parents, teachers and employers may access information about careers*
  • how the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on students*
  • the date of the school’s next review of the information published*

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020

1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

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

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.

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

7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will 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

8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Programme

CEIAG Assemblies
Each term all year groups have a minimum of one CEIAG assembly. Term 1 is an introduction to CareersInc, our impartial, external careers advisors, and what they offer. Term 2 is an aspirational assembly led by our careers coordinator and in Term 3 there is a further education/higher education focus. There are several other assemblies that run throughout the year led by various external providers for various year groups with a focus on aspirations, further and higher education, careers and professions.

Careers Lunchtime Drop-Ins
Each month we have a scheduled lunchtime where local Post-16 and Apprenticeship providers are able to set up information stands and talk to students across all year groups.

CareersInc, our commissioned external careers advisors, offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.

Access to Information About Careers

Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy Ripon including:

  • Attending an interview in the careers room located within the LRC/Library
  • Drop in sessions with Career Inc are each week during breaks, lunch and at 2.30pm
  • The use of careers software which is available to all students
  • Careers information with subject lessons, coming soon.

Review and Measurement of Impact

We review the success of out careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).

The careers information on this website will next be reviewed in February 2019.

For more information relating to provider access, please see our Provider Access Policy by clicking here...