Student Careers

Careers and Higher Education     

At Maltings Academy our aim is to help you through the challenge of deciding a career, providing an independent and comprehensive careers guidance service for students seeking information on school leaver employment and further study. 

Careers lead: Mrs C Desborough - Email: Call: 01376 512911

Independent Careers Advisor: Mr S Cooper

You will find our Careers Programme detailed at the bottom of this page. This programme is subject to whole school quality assurance processes and an updated version of the plan will be published at the start of the summer term. 

Mission Statement

At Maltings Academy we are committed to providing good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work-related learning (WRL) for all students in years 7 to 11.  We measure ourselves using the Gatsby Benchmarks.  The eight benchmarks provide us with a framework that helps us to identify our strengths and areas that we can develop. 

Our careers programme is embedded within the curriculum and supported throughout the school by teachers, tutors, as well as partners and dedicated suppliers of careers education, information, advice and guidance; which enables us to deliver the very best provision to our students.  The careers programme combines career planning lessons, skills workshops, one-to-one independent careers guidance, mentoring, online career information resources and a wide range of events and activities, including:  sector career talks, employer visits, a careers fair, inspirational speakers, enterprise activities, career advice evenings and work experience.  All students will have the opportunity to have seven encounters with employers – at least one each year from year 7 to year 11. 

Our Aims

The careers programme supports students to construct their own ‘career story’ about who they are, what is important to them and what they would like to achieve in their lives and aims to: 

In conjunction with tutors, the staff of the Careers Department prepares Maltings Academy students for life after school by running courses for all year groups (7 - 11), organising suitable events and encouraging in our pupils independence of thought and action. Although the majority of pupils from the school apply to a university or apprenticeships, no young person should feel they are on a ‘production line’, and the processes of discernment and decision-making are nurtured in many different contexts of school life. 

Careers provision at Maltings Academy is formally updated throughout the year via regular auditing, action planning and quality assurance. As of July 2021, Maltings Academy meets 100% of the criteria for all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, highlighting the strength of provision at the Academy.

If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss your career, please email

Click on any of the links below for additional advice and information

Careers Programme

Key Stage 3

Year 7:

First impressions


Team building

Using email

Employer Engagement

Understanding choice

Year 8:

CV building

Job information

Career pathways

Options choices 

Employer Engagement

Year 9:

Career profiles

Labour market information


CV building

Employer Engagement

Key Stage 4 

Year 10 and Year 11:

Mock interviews

CV building

Applications and cover letters

Employer Engagement

Post 16 options

For more information about careers and career choices click here

Careers Programme MTA - 2022-23

September Guarantee

The September Guarantee is a guarantee of an offer, made by the end of September, of an appropriate place in post-16 education or training for every young person completing compulsory education. Ensuring that every young person has an offer of a place to progress onto is particularly important as it helps young people make a seamless transition into post-16 learning or employment with training.

The September Guarantee is supported by good quality information, advice and guidance. This can come from a number of sources which include:

 Teachers

 Parents and family friends

 Careers Coordinators and Guidance Advisers

 On-line and printed information about courses, progression routes and employment routes

What does the Guarantee offer?

The September Guarantee is an offer of a place in one of the following:

 A school sixth form

 A college of further education

 Employment with training to at least level 2

 An apprenticeship

Very useful links also are:


or more generic information can be found at :