Careers education is a crucial part of a learner’s life journey. At Hexham Middle School, we seek to equip and prepare our pupils for their future. Providing pupils, parents/carers and staff with relevant and current is key to ensure that all of our students can make fully informed decisions about their futures. We offer support to all of our students across all key stages so that they are prepared for adult life and the world of work.
Careers education is delivered through wider-curriculum opportunities including the Personal Development tutorial programme, planned drop-down days and other bespoke events/activities.
Hexham Middle School Careers Leader:
Paul Freeman-Myers (Assistant Headteacher for Personal Development)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on  610300.
Hexham Middle School Board of Trustees: The school’s CEIAG strategy and policy has been formally adopted by the Board of Trustees. The school’s careers link trustee is Veryan Johnston.
Click on one of the following links to take you directly to the section you require:
HMS Careers Policy
Click here to view the Hexham Middle School Careers Policy (ratified by the board of trustees)
HMS Provider Access Statement
Click here to view Hexham Middle School’s Provider Access Statement
What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?
A report was published in 2014 by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation identifying eight benchmarks (known as the Gatsby Benchmarks), regarded to be key components for driving forward good careers and enterprise provision in schools.
The Department for Education’s “Careers Strategy” was published 3 years after Professor Sir John Holman 2014 report ‘Good Career Guidance’.
The eight Gatsby Benchmarks include:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Measuring the Impact of our Careers Programme Against the Gatsby Benchmarks
There is a wider programme of evaluation seeking to monitor the impact of HMS’ careers programme. Evidence of different Gatsby Benchmark coverage is assessed using the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass+ platform. This helps the school to monitor and review how effective the careers programme is in achieving these benchmarks. Other evidence to assess the perceived effectiveness of the careers programme is gathered from timely student panels and broader Quality of Education reviews overseen by curriculum leaders and members of the senior leadership team.
For any new additions to the careers programme we value gather feedback from different stakeholders; this feedback could be from staff, parents/carers, as well as employers and training providers.
At key points across a student’s school career they will complete a Future Skills Questionnaire. These questionnaires take place in year 9, year 11 and year 13. Information gathered from these questionnaires is used to help evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of careers curriculum (including the relevant skills set and knowledge-based required for life beyond school), wider enrichment and broader personal development opportunities. The questionnaires seek to help the school respond effectively to the data collated, to help monitor progress over time, and tailor careers activities (when necessary) to ensure all students can access an ambitious careers curriculum offer
Careers Curriculum Vision
An ambitious and empowering careers provision which has success for every learner at its core, driven by the school ethos of Respect, Engage, Aspire and ‘an outstanding eagerness to promote good learning’.
Our Aims and Priorities for Careers Curriculum, Information, Advice and Guidance
Our school’s strategic career plan contains 5 driving priorities:
- To ensure that pupils develop the skills and character traits required to help them engage in their future adult and working lives.
- To help foster and sustain a culture of high aspiration.
- To promote equitable opportunity, celebrate diversity and inclusivity, challenge cultural stereotypes and ensure pupils are afforded additional support and guidance to reach their potential.
- To establish sustainable links between the school, local businesses and enterprises and further/higher education providers.
- To assist pupils in developing skills and confidence to make well-informed decisions about future aspirations and to manage transition from middle to high school.
Careers Programme 2023-24
You can download a copy of the HMS Careers Road Map 2023/24 here.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
At Hexham Middle School, key staff who contribute towards our STEM curriculum are committed to embedding careers. Where possible, our STEM teachers actively signpost how their subject supports critical industrial sectors which are regarded as areas of economic growth and opportunity.
This article (external URL) is all about stereotypes in Engineering.
Activities, Competitions and More!
Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to take part in a range of exciting opportunities and competitions.
Hexham Middle School Alumni
We would like to share the life experiences of our past pupils as well as highlight the different career journeys they have had and pathways they now intend to pursue. Most pupils progress onto Queen Elizabeth High School, so we naturally benefit from this larger alumni body. We are however specifically interested in hearing from former HMS pupils.
We understand that alumni stories and career profiles can be the catalyst for motivation and a source of inspiration. It has also been said that “variety is the spice of life.” Life is more interesting when you try new things to vary your experiences.
If you have previously attended Hexham Middle School and would like to share your career testimony, please fill in our alumni questionnaire by clicking here or contact Paul Freeman-Myers at email@example.com or 01434 610300 .
Guidance and Support
Job of the Week
Please see below some videos giving details of various different careers that pupils may be interested in. Please note that these videos are the ‘Job of the Week’ from an external provider, MyPath (link to their external channel here), and all historic Jobs of the Week here.
Here is a selection of careers to learn more about.
- Prison Officer
- Financial Advisor
- Event Manager
- Quantity Surveyor
- Youth Worker
- Wellsite Geologist
- Urban Designer
- Retail Buyer
- Outdoor Pursuits Manager
- Kennel Worker
- Games Tester
- Employment Adviser
- Disaster Manager