Advice & Guidance

Careers Information Advice and Guidance

The Education Act 2011 requires schools to secure access to independent careers guidance for pupils in years 9-11.

  • Careers guidance must be presented in an impartial manner and promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given
  • Careers guidance must also include information on all options available in respect of 16-18 education or training, including apprenticeships and other work-based education and training options.

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) refers to a range of activities and interventions that inform students' decisions regarding progression through learning into work.

Mrs S Acaster - Careers and Enterprise Manager


Mrs. S Acaster (Careers and Enterprise Manager) is a professionally qualified Careers Adviser and students in any year group can make an appointment to discuss subject and course choices, career ideas and advice about entering Further and Higher Education or employment. Students in all year groups can drop in most break-times, lunch-times and after school. Sixth Form students can make appointments during their study periods.

Form tutors and subject teachers also give advice and guidance to students. Students in the Sixth Form are also supported by the Head and Assistant Head of Sixth Form.

There is a formal programme of individual advice and support offered to all students (and parents) via meetings in Year 8 (GCSE Options), Year 10 (Careers Interviews), Year 11 (Post-16 Subject Choices) and the Sixth Form (Post-18 Options)


In discharging our statutory duty to secure independent careers guidance for students, MGS also has an Annual Contract with an external agency, CXK, who provide professionally qualified Advisors who visit the school on a weekly basis to offer confidential guidance and support about careers education and training as well as wider issues of health, money, relationships and housing.

The National Careers Service also provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers. Young people (aged 13-19 ) can speak to an adviser on-line, via email or telephone 0800 100 900.

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