Ormiston Denes Academy values the importance of careers education and guidance that prepares students for challenges in the future. An effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme helps prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. It can contribute to achievement and inclusion by raising aspirations, increasing motivation, challenging stereotypes and enabling young people to make realistic and informed choices about their futures.

Mixing traditional, friendly and robust guidance with employer engagement expertise across education and employment spaces, Mrs Richings brings Ormiston Denes Academy and employers together to create an enriched matrix of careers education both in and outside of school.

Ormiston Denes Academy supports the development and facilitation of CEIAG across all year groups, including information on traineeships and apprenticeships for young people.

For all careers advice, please speak to Mrs Julie Richings, Careers Coordinator. Julie can be contacted at or on her direct line at 01502 442615.

In July 2018 we were awarded the Quality in Careers Standard award at gold level, and in July 2021 we were again awarded this certificate for the achievement of the National Quality in Careers Standard award, as well as the Ixion Gold award for its outstanding contribution to its CEIAG provision. These are valid until July 2024.

Careers Education Programme

Click here to download a copy of our careers education programme.

The CDI framework can be viewed below.

Please contact Mrs Julie Richings, at, for more information.

What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.

1. A stable careers programme.
2. Learning from career and labour market information.
3. Addressing the needs of each student.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
5. Encounters with employers and employees.
6. Experiences of workplaces.
7. Encounters with further and higher education.
8. Personal guidance.

Careers Office

Students can drop in to speak to Mrs Richings at break or lunchtimes, for general advice, to talk about applications, or to book an appointment with our guidance professional. Parents are also welcome to contact Mrs Richings to make an appointment as required.

Careers Education helps young people develop the knowledge, confidence and skills that they need to make well informed choices and plans that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work.

Information, Advice and Guidance covers a range of personalised activities and interventions that help young people to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their progression through learning and work.

CEIAG at Ormiston Denes Academy includes a programme of careers education supported by personalised information, advice and guidance. Together we will equip young people with the knowledge and skills that they need to make well-informed and realistic choices about their own progression through learning and work.

Student Entitlement

Students are entitled to careers education, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential.  It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers.  The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, in the best interests of the students to whom it is given.

Specifically, students at Ormiston Denes Academy are entitled to receive:

  • Clear information, advice and guidance about all options available.
  • Help to decide what to do when they finish their course/education, including further learning, training or employment.
  • A programme of CEIAG which helps them to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning.
  • The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that affect their learning.
  • An opportunity to learn about the world of work.

From September 2021 our impartial Careers Guidance is being provided by Marion Gibbons from Beacon East. Beacon East is an education business partnership and careers guidance provider working across the eastern region. Their mission is to develop ‘meaningful relationships between education and business & industry,’ and they also provide high quality careers guidance services to meet the latest statutory requirements and most importantly, help guide students correctly to the next stage of their ‘life path.’ Marion Gibbons, who holds the required Level 6 qualification in Careers Guidance and enhanced DBS check, will be working part time in the academy to offer support to students. If you feel that your son/daughter would benefit from a careers guidance appointment, please contact Mrs Richings at Further information on the services provided by Beacon East can be found here.

Useful careers resources for students, parents and staff

There are a wide range of useful resources to be able to support students, parents and carers. This includes general information, online quizzes relating to job choices, further information of post 16 options, higher education, job opportunities and CV writing, to name a few. Please click here to view the wide range of information that is available

Further reading

Options After Year 11 – a guide for parents/carers

Provider Access Policy Statement


Use the Careerometer below to compare different jobs, salaries, working hours etc. Click on the dotted area in one of the cards and enter in a career that you’re interested in, then use the next card to add another career, to compare the two.

Online careers advice resources

Careers guidance software to help students plan their future.

OAT Futures

OAT Futures is a brand new website and has been designed to create further careers-related opportunities, educate students about their options and choices, and support the development of their employability skills. Sitting at the heart of the OAT vision is this innovative and inspiring careers portal, which aims to broaden horizons and raise awareness of the career opportunities available throughout England, removing geographical knowledge barriers.
The first phase in the development of the OAT Futures careers portal focuses on maritime careers, as many of OAT’s academies are in areas of significant disadvantage, including deprived coastal regions.
They plan to add hundreds of films, featuring many different careers sectors, to inspire our young people, so this is an informative website to be aware of as part of careers education. Visit the website here.
We are really proud that one of our ex-students Ray appears on one of their promotional posters, and also in a video promoting careers.

Fast Tomato (now Morrisby Careers) offers interest based careers advice and education for teenagers. Following some simple but powerful assessments, they offer a wealth of career, course and subject information, coupled with independent adviser support, to inspire students and to help them make informed decisions about their future.

Please see Mrs Richings in the Careers Office for the registration code to enable you to create a personal account.

What is the YOJO App?

The Yojo App is a Careers and Apprenticeships App that has been created by Suffolk County Council’s Children and Young People’s Engagement Hub team. The Yojo App was first launched back in 2018, the first of its kind. After two years of re-development the app is back, and re-launched this year on 10th January.

The Engagement Hub team created the app with young people for young people. The app name ‘yojo’ was chosen by young people meaning ‘You + Job = yojo’.

The new Yojo App has been rejuvenated to meet the current needs of young people in Suffolk, aged 14 to 25.

What support does the Yojo App provide to young people?

The Yojo app provides support to young people in Suffolk aged 14 to 25 who are looking for career path information, apprenticeship or traineeship opportunities, and tips and advice for preparing, finding work.

The Yojo app puts the ‘world of work’ in young people’s pockets. It has a huge range of features which allows young people to:

  • Search for live apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies – and apply for them via the app
  • Discover career paths based on their favourite subjects and interests – and it gives them career suggestions with entry level requirements.
  • Develop their skills to find work – with interactive tips and an interview questions quiz to help them prepare.

The Yojo App also includes:

  • A CV builder so young people can create a CV through the app, and email or print it.
  • A range of useful information to guide students in making the right decision about what they want to do if they’re feeling stuck – with links to contacts if they need to speak to someone and signposting to key support services.

Yojo App website.

Details of the app can be found below:

NEACO: Take Your Place
The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) aims to help young people in East Anglia with little or no experience of university to explore the world of higher education. Take your place is a programme aimed at young people aged 13 to 19 considering their study options after school or college, with partners working with schools, colleges and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Further information can be found on their website, here including a number of resources, two of which are below:

Academy Partnership with the University of East Anglia

We are a University of East Anglia partnership school. This means that we are offered a number of opportunities for young people, staff, parents and carers and the wider school community. We also have an Outreach Officer, who is our dedicated point of contact to help the select young people who will benefit most from taking part in our activities.

The activities offered are designed to enable young people to recognise that going to university is an option for them. Everything is provided totally free of charge by the university, apart from some transport costs. Activities are linked to careers and widening participation, and fully support us to achieve both Ofsted and Gatsby Benchmark reporting requirements.

The UEA believes in championing young people from all backgrounds to succeed in whatever way is best for them. However they are clear that, if young people are clued up on all things university and decide it’s not for them, that’s fine.

Details of their outreach programme can be found here.

They assess the impact of their work using data requested from all partnership schools. Students, parents and carers, have been informed that data will be provided by the school, and given the option to opt out if they wish. Details about the data collection can be found here

The letters that have been issued to students, parents and carers can be viewed here.

Post-16 education providers

In September 2019, 99.9% of our students went on to positive destinations in either apprenticeships or further education and in September 2020, 99.45% of our students went on to positive destinations in either apprenticeships or further education, a testament to our students and the careers provision and advice that they receive. Although the positive destination figures have not yet been released, early indications show that, again virtually all students have gone on to positive destinations.

Please note, the following list does not include all available providers.

East Coast College

If you haven’t decided or are thinking of changing your course, contact East Coast College and Lowestoft 6th Form College on either 0800 854 695 or

Lowestoft Sixth Form College website and virtual tour.

East Norfolk Sixth Form College website and virtual tour.

Sir John Leman High School 6th Form website and virtual tour.

City College, Norwich website and virtual tour. Information events can be viewed here.

Easton College website and virtual tour.

Suffolk New College/Suffolk Rural (Otley) website and virtual tour.

Access Creative

Online Virtual Open Days 

Book via the Access Creative College website here.
Tuesday 19th July 2022
Thursday 18th August 2022. (tbc)

Calling all Year 11 students!

Thinking about your post 16 options? You will need to complete your required applications in good time to ensure you have a place on your chosen educational post – 16 pathway.

Need help, information or guidance? Then come along and see Mrs Richings in her office, or email

Qualifications/ Post 16 Options

T Levels

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study. Currently available locally at East Norfolk Sixth form College, Gorleston, from September 2021, EN6FC TECC from September 2022.

Department for Education: Find out about T Levels from students, teachers, careers leaders, employers and a university representative. This 6-minute film explains what makes T Levels different from existing post-GCSE choices and who they will suit. 

Introduction of T Levels

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training. Every apprentice is guaranteed a minimum wage linked to their age. They’re available at all academic levels – whether you’re leaving school without GCSEs or completing your A-levels. There are apprenticeships in industries like engineering, health and accountancy – plus a host of careers you’d never think of. And 9 in 10 apprentices stay in work after completing their course.

Higher apprenticeships

A higher apprenticeships is your ticket to a high-skilled job. You’ll usually need at least 2 A-levels to start one, and you’ll come out with qualifications equivalent to a foundation degree or higher – with any tuition fees paid by your employer! Higher apprentices can earn between £300-500 per week (although you may start lower). You could train to be a solicitor or a lab scientist, and even learn how to design sweets with a confectionery apprenticeship!

Degree apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships guarantee you a university degree, as well as on-the-job training for a high-skilled job. You’ll spend 30 hours a week learning from experienced colleagues at work, and the equivalent of one day studying towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree at uni or college. It gives you the kudos and academic grounding of a degree along with sought-after employability skills employers say graduates don’t have. And 8 out of 10 parents think it’s better than an Oxbridge degree!

Should I apply for an apprenticeship or university?

Today, apprenticeships offer a route into high-skilled jobs that you had to go to uni to train for in the past. If you know what career path you want to follow, an apprenticeship could get you there without the fees – while enabling you to develop employability skills too. University is essential for certain careers and great for those with passionate academic interests. Carefully consider the pros and cons of both university and apprenticeships before making your decision.

Further reading

The website has a host of valuable information for all of the above, including:

AIM Apprenticeships

AIM Apprenticeships give regular assemblies and drop-in sessions in the academy. They offer support with finding an apprenticeship, including creating a CV with their online CV builder tool and help with interview preparation. Visit the AIM Apprenticeships website.


16 to 19 Bursary Fund

If you think you might struggle with the costs for education or training you may be able to get help from the bursary fund.

There are two types of bursary, a vulnerable student bursary and a discretionary bursary.

The sixth form, college or other educational institution you are attending is responsible for managing both types of bursary.

Vulnerable Student Bursary

To claim a vulnerable student bursary you must be:

  • Under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for.
  • Studying at school or college, or on an unpaid training course.

You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:

  • You’re in care or a care leaver.
  • You get Income Support or Universal Credit in your name.
  • You’re getting Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments and Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your name.

Discretionary Bursary

You could get a discretionary bursary if you need financial help but don’t qualify for a vulnerable student bursary.  Your education or training provider decides how much you get and what it’s used for.

Norfolk’s school sixth forms, colleges and training providers will decide who should receive a bursary, how much and when it will be paid.  They are for students who need most help with the costs of transport, food and equipment.

To find out more about the 16-19 Bursary Fund

  • Speak to the college, sixth form or training provider you want to apply to.
  • Go to The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guidance pages on GOV.UK.

Please note: if you’re on an apprenticeship programme, or any training where you receive a wage, you’re classed as being employed rather than in education and therefore aren’t eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

You are able to view our Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy Statement on our Policies and Guidance page.

The material contained within this page will be reviewed annually, and updated as necessary. Parents, carers, students and key stakeholders are invited to submit feedback at any time of the academic year by emailing or by telephoning Mrs Richings or on her direct line at 01502 442615.


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