Waterhead Academy


Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Provision at Waterhead Academy

Waterhead Academy achieved the nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standard Award in June 2017. This award demonstrates our commitment to providing outstanding Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) provision to all students. Furthermore, as part of the Bridge GM Careers initiative we work collaboratively with schools throughout Greater Manchester and have also been awarded PIXL Edge School Ambassador status in recognition of the outstanding delivery of the Edge programme.

The CEIAG team consists of Mr Wilson (Assistant Principal- CEIAG Lead), Mrs Holdsworth (Positive Steps Careers adviser who is based at the Academy 3 days per week), Miss Duckworth (Personal Development Team), Mrs Poulter (Personal Development Team) and appointed CEIAG link governors Mr Phil Dennis and Mr Stephen Brooks.

Students at Waterhead Academy receive impartial and confidential CEIAG advice and guidance through our Positive Steps careers adviser, Emma Holdsworth. We encourage parents and carers to be part of their child’s future career aspirations and welcome them to attend their child’s careers appointment. Parents and Carers can contact Emma Holdsworth at the Academy through contacting reception team or via e-mail- e.holdsworth@waterheadacademy.co.uk to arrange an appointment at their convenience.


Waterhead Academy is committed to delivering a broad and balanced Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) program to all of our students throughout years 7-11. The primary objective of our CEIAG programme is to provide our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions about their preferred post 16 education or employment pathways.


  • Ensure that every young person receives a broad and balanced CEIAG programme of study throughout Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four.
  • Provide students with the necessary skills and attributes to enable them to make informed decisions about their chosen post 16 educational pathways.
  • Establish strong links with employers and other training providers.
  • Implement a CEIAG programme that motivates and raises the aspirations of all students.
  • To challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.

Careers Education within the Curriculum

The curriculum offer utilises a range of delivery methods, incorporating face-to-face and online engagement, targeted days, focused events and school assemblies. The breadth of the curriculum offer ensures maximum impact and is of most benefit to the young people who attend Waterhead Academy.

Throughout KS3 and KS4 students study a bespoke programme of Careers education in conjunction with the PSHCCE curriculum.

By the end of Key Stage 3, all students will have;

  • A clear knowledge and understanding of Waterhead Academy CEAIG values.
  • Undertaken an individual/group meeting with the careers adviser and identified potential future career aspirations.
  • The necessary skills to make informed choices about their preferred GCSE options pathway as they prepare for their Key Stage Four programme of study.

By the end of Key Stage 4, all students will have:

  • The necessary skills to enable them to make informed decisions about their future post-16 education or employment pathway.
  • Used a range of resources and opportunities to investigate future choices and explore alternative routes to their goals.
  • Accessed independent advice and guidance to help and support them to apply for their preferred post-16 education or employment pathway and if necessary financial support.
  • Completed a mock interview, Curriculum Vitae and CEIAG programme of study to equip them with experience of post-16 education and employment skills.

Careers Events

Students at Waterhead Academy are provided with the opportunity to participate in a range of careers based activities to enhance their future career aspirations. These include;

  • Presentations from external speakers from a range of occupations and professions.
  • Opportunities to attend a range of local college taster days and apprenticeship fairs.
  • Mock interviews and CV workshops delivered by Waterhead Academy staff in conjunction with our external employment and educational partners.
  • Opportunities along with their parents/carers to meet and discuss future career aspirations with external providers during year 8-11 parent’s evenings.

Monitoring and Review

The CEIAG policy and related published information will be reviewed annually to assess the quality and appropriateness of provision. Reviews will include a range of evidence, such as student/staff voice, parental/carer surveys, work scrutiny and a report to the Academy governing body. The next annual review is scheduled to take place during Autumn/Spring 2020.

CEIAG Contact Details

If you require any further information relating to CEIAG provision at the Academy please contact Mr Wilson, Assistant Principal-Careers and Enrichment through the below options;

E-Mail Address: n.wilson@waterheadacademy.co.uk

Postal Address: Mr N Wilson, Waterhead Academy Huddersfield Road, Oldham, OL4 3NY.