Ofsted Outstanding

Career Learning & Development

ACE Career Development Programme 


We support students to develop the necessary skills, experience, self-awareness and knowledge to make informed decisions about their future career paths  

We will support you to:  

Assess your career options and create a personalised action plan  

Connect with leading employers, universities and providers at events backed up by our supportive network of peers, parents and alumni to inform your options  

Experience immersive work-based learning opportunities to help you develop the necessary skills and experience to achieve your career goals.   

In-line with the Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance, we offer students numerous opportunities throughout Years 7-13, to gain an insight into the world of work and develop those all-important employability skills. 

Year Group  

Career Activity

Year 7  

  •  PSHE Intro to the ACE careers programme at Newstead

Year 8  

  • PSHE Career video of the week e.g., why bother with maths, what can I do with..?

  • PSHE- Developing employability skills through extra-curricular activities

  • Enterprise Challenge e.g.  8 billion ideas

Year 9  

  • PSHE- Top tips to choose GCSE options

  • Morrisby Psychometric Test to develop self-awareness and support GCSE subject choices

  • Monthly Careers Newsletter

  • STEM Career Day (Programming a Robot)

  • Enterprise Challenge e.g.  8 billion ideas

Year 10  

  • PSHE Intro to the ACE careers programme at Newstead

  • Morrisby Psychometric Test- detailed test includes verbal, numerical, abstract reasoning, mechanical and spatial tests and self-awareness tests to support your post 16 career choices

  • PSHE -Why Morrisby

  • PSHE- Create a winning CV

  • PSHE- Work experience: what is it, benefits, how to make the most of it

  • Monthly Careers Newsletter

  • 3 Day Virtual Work Experience Programme

  • Young Reporter Work Experience Scheme

  • Career Ambassador Opportunity

  • Women in STEM Speed Networking Event

  • Career Café- Professionals share about their careers in an informal setting

Year 11 

  • 1-2-1 Career guidance appointments to support post 16 choices.

  • PSHE Newstead Wood Alumni Series

  • Mock Interviews to prepare for post 16 employment

  • Career Café - Professionals share about their careers in an informal setting

  • Form time- how to prepare for your one-to-one guidance appointment/tips on post 16 options

Year 12 

  • PSHE Intro to the ACE careers programme at Newstead

  • Work Experience Week

  • Work Experience Preparation Programme – support with mapping out employers, creating a CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile to successfully gain work experience

  • Career Talks run by Career Ambassadors- Professionals share about their careers in an informal setting 

  • Career Ambassador Opportunity

  • Monthly Careers Newsletter

  • PSHE-Graduate Labour Market Insights

  • PSHE- What to consider when choosing a University?

  • 1-2-1 Career Guidance Appointments

  • One search finance scholarship

  • Liberal Lectures- hear from universities and alternative providers to explore your post 18 options

  • Form Time- Information on post 18 options

  • Young Reporter Work Experience Scheme

Year 13 

  • 1-2-1 career guidance

  • Career Café

  • Monthly Newsletter

Year 14  

  • Career Coaching programme- 1-2-1 coaching per term for those not in education or employment to successfully support your transition from Newstead

The majority of our students go on to Higher Education; many to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities, and will benefit from exceptional support in relation to their transition; activities include:

  • Oxbridge, Elite University, MDV Mentoring for students applying to these Universities
  • Mock University Admissions tests
  • Practice University Interviews with key staff, Alumni or guest visitors
  • Help choosing the right course
  • Personal statement writing workshops
  • UCAS application process - step-by-step advice and guidance

We also recognise that there is an increasing interest in Degree Apprenticeships; we actively promote these opportunities through presentations and sharing information from organisations with our students.


The impact of the Careers Programme is regularly assessed, in the form of continuous evaluation. We seek feedback from students, teachers and parents after key events so that we can tailor our programme to student's needs.

For more information about our Careers Programme, please contact:



Careers Co-ordinator: Mrs Caroline Green

T: 01689 853626 | E: cgreen@newsteadwood.co.uk


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