If you require any further information regarding our careers programme and strategy please contact Sam England (Careers Lead)          careers@heltwate.net                             01733 262878

If you are a provider, and wish to contact the school, please click this link Provider Access

At Heltwate School, we aim to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to achieve their full potential in learning and work. It is important that students are enabled to make informed decisions about post 16 routes and the relevant pathways to support their longer-term plans. We are developing and embedding careers in Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, and are working to the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers Statutory Guidance September 2022.

Please see the photos in the gallery below to see the wide range of opportunities provided for students to prepare them for their future.

The Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities document contains 12 expert perspectives on using the Gatsby Benchmarks with students with SEND, and has been developed by the Gatsby Foundation with The Careers & Enterprise Company, and Disability Rights UK. It is intended to inspire Careers Leaders, teachers and all those working with young people with SEND, across specialist provision and mainstream schools and colleges.

This publication has been designed to sit alongside The Careers & Enterprise Company’s SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit, http://www.talentinocareers.co.uk/send-gatsby-benchmark-toolkit.pdf which provides detailed advice and ideas to help schools meet each Benchmark.

Heltwate School is using these documents alongside support from our Enterprise Co-ordinator from Growth Works. They provide support and advice as we develop Heltwate’s careers pathway.

A whole school My Future Operational Plan is currently in place and is aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks.  This has been developed to align with the six areas of learning in the CDI Career Development Framework (Primary).  The school’s Operational Plan also sits within the school’s Curriculum Pathways.

My Future Operational Plan


Useful Links

Information about the choices for SEND students to continue with their learning after the end of Year 11


General information about the range of options for all students to continue with learning after the end of Year 11


National Careers Servicehttps://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

Talking Futures provide free resources, activities and practical guidance to help parents support their child’s careers and education choices.


Local businesses – we need your expertise!

At Heltwate School we depend upon local employers to work with us to allow our students to meet with a range of people doing different jobs.

If you want to support our students then please contact us at s.england@heltwate.net and we’ll be in touch directly to talk about how you can make a difference in our school.

Being part of our business support network will provide you with satisfaction challenge and opportunity. Having employers like you helping can have a big impact on the life of our students.

We work closely with Growth Works with Skills to support our engagement with the business community. You find out more about how they support schools and employers at: –


and you can offer your support with school careers events by volunteering using their Careers Event Calendar at: –


Heltwate School is committed to providing high quality Careers Learning to help our students better understand, and transition, into the world that awaits them after they leave us.

Careers Learning is closely linked with the delivery of Preparation for Adulthood across the school

Our Leadership team views careers as being the responsibility of all staff in our school. We can all make small changes in the curriculum that can have a big impact in the classrooms.

All members of staff will be supported with training and resources to enable them to deliver the positive enhancing programme of career learning that we aim to deliver to our students.

Teachers provide a range of opportunities across the Curriculum Pathways startign with the students ‘Dreams and Aspirations’ which are on their Individual Learning Plans.

Progression can be seen across the pathways in the following graphic

careers 2


Student destinations
We track the destination of previous students to monitor their current educational provision.  The destinations of these students are carefully matched during their transition to support success in their future pathway or academic route. Destination data can be found here