The Highcrest Academy


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Highcrest Registers for Quality In Careers (QIC) Accreditation

At Highcrest we believe Careers Education Advice Information and Guidance (usually abbreviated to CEIAG) should equip young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan and manage their individual pathways through learning and work on a lifelong basis.

In order to achieve this we will:

  • Help students make decisions about the options for learning that they will face both in school and when they leave.
  • Help students to manage the transition onto the next stages of education, training and employment.

Aims of CEIAG at Highcrest:

  • To enable students to understand themselves and develop their capabilities.
  • To enable students to investigate careers and opportunities.
  • To enable students to understand and develop the skills that employers tell us they need.

We will achieve these aims through:

  • One-to-one interviews with external specialist advisers from Adviza - a specialist careers advice firm which has a contract with the school to provide impartial, personal advice.
  • Our careers education programme which takes place as part of our innovative “Life Lessons” programme.
  • Careers information which can be obtained through Mr Evans, our Resource Centre Manager. 
  • Through ICT programmes on the school network: Fast Tomato and eClips. These are free to students and their parents. 
  • Sessions with staff and external professionals talking about their career experiences.
  • External visits to places of work and exhibitions such as The Bucks Show.
  • Support for UCAS applications
  • Young Enterprise competitions to raise awareness of entrepreneurial activity.
  • Working collaboratively with local businesses and other organisations such as the Local Enterprise Partnership to support the curriculum and to link between academic study and the practical applications of that study.
  • Talks from higher education provider.

Highcrest Current Careers Programme:

How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils:

The full impact of a structured ongoing careers programme which covers multiple years of education is not always immediately apparent but there is now a substantial body of research which demonstrates the value and impact of a careers education programme based on the Gatsby Benchmarks: we are sowing seeds and developing skills and that take time for the full impact to be evident.

  • We work with external partners including members of the local business community and Bucks Business First who provide challenge, feedback and support and make sure that what we provide for our students is what businesses tell us they need.
  • Highcrest is a  founding member of the Bucks Careers Hub so we share best practice and share resources and training with other Careers Leaders in member schools.
  • Our Careers Leader who has recently completed the CDI Careers Leader course (the first person in the UK to complete the CDI course) critically evaluates CEIAG provision in Highcrest to ensure interventions are of a high quality and represent value for money. This includes sample checking the individual advice and guidance that is provided by our external partners and ensuring we only work with Level 6 qualified practitioners and MATRIX assured providers.
  • Student feedback is sought on individual programmes and activities. This can vary from a simple questionnaire for a one- off event to establish the impact of a particular intervention to detailed academic research by The University of Derby who evaluated the  Bridge to Employment programme.
  • We discuss events and activities with the external providers to identify improvements for future iterations of the same type of activity.
  • The school enters a number of competitive career and enterprise- based events each year and so we can measure what we do against other schools. Highcrest has a strong record of success in these events such as The Big Bucks Sales Challenge, The Princes Trust Entrepreneurial Challenge and Young Enterprise competitions.

Work and Training Opportunities


The Highcrest Academy is committed to ensuring our students have  access to the widest possible range of information and support to help them plan their future careers. We see apprenticeships as an essential component of this. For many students an apprenticeship where they can earn while they learn is a great alternative to traditional University applications. There are now an increasing number of higher and degree apprenticeships that give students the skills, knowledge and experience to ensure a successful career.

That is why Highcrest’s Careers Coordinator, Mr Evans, has become an Apprenticeship Champion registered with the National Apprenticeship Service. The Academy works with a number of external businesses and agencies to raise awareness of the exciting and credible range of opportunities offered by apprenticeships. 

Find out more here:

This is the website for the organisation who recently provided two speakers to talk to our Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form students about apprenticeships.

This is the government website with a wealth of careers information - students are encouraged to visit this website and register their interest.

QA supports Highcrest and one of their apprentices, Ms Pav Dhillon, recently delivered a talk on her experience of apprenticeships to the Sixth Form.

Year 10 had a talk last year about apprenticeships in the IT sector delivered by  Mr Tony Pitchford of Intequal.

Mr Evans will be working with  Mr Ashley Church of Activate Apprenticeships to explore how they can support the school’s apprenticeship programme.

You may also find some of the following sites useful to you:


Contact: Mr Rob Evans, Careers Leader
Tel: 01494 529866


Next review May 2020.