Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Our Careers Lead is Ms Vicki Way. If you have any queries about careers, higher education, apprenticeships or work experience please contact Ms Way on 02476 642400 or by email


 Our Careers Link Governor is Mr Phillip Richardson (Chair of the Education Standards Committee). 

Elaine Wainwright is our Careers Adviser from Prospects, offering impartial information, advice and guidance to young people aged 13-19.

Elaine Wainwright

Elaine is based at St Thomas More and works with students throughout the year in school. Elaine is based in the Careers Room within the Library and students are able to drop in and see her, or contact her via Mrs Way or their form tutors. If parents/carers wish to contact Elaine, they can do so by calling her mobile, the school on 02476 642400 or arranging to an appointment at parents evenings. Elaine is also present at review meetings for students with special educational needs. 

If you wish to contact Elaine, please call 07702862225 or email:

Gatsby Benchmarks

St Thomas More Catholic Academy & Sixth Form College conform to the Gatsby Benchmarks, measuring and assessing the impact of our Careers programme against the benchmarks.

We aim to ensure pupils are given opportunities within each benchmark which will allow them to explore different career paths and receive good careers guidance.

The Gatsby Good Career Guidance states that "Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for social mobility: those young people without significant social capital or home support to draw upon have the most to gain from high-quality career guidance."

More information on Gatsby Benchmarks can be found by following this link: 

School Leaving Age

The Government has increased the age that all young people in England must continue in education or training. Pupils starting from September 2013 onwards will need to continue until at least their 18th birthday. 

This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will be able to choose from:

  • Full-time education (e.g. at a school sixth form or college) an apprenticeship or trainee ship
  • Part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
  • Employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
  • Volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

This information will all be included within careers interviews/meetings.

What to expect from a Careers Interview

Your careers interview will be an opportunity for you to discuss you future aspirations and plans with Elaine. Prior to your interview you will need to spend some time thinking about what you want to do when you leave school in Year 11, and whether you want to move on to Sixth Form, College or an Apprenticeship/Training and what courses you want to study. If you are unsure, this is your time to ask Elaine lots of questions and get as much advice as possible to help you make some key decisions.

Not everyone knows what they want to do when they leave school so Vicki, Elaine and the careers team at St Thomas More are here to help you make the right decisions for you and move you forward along the right path.

Assessing the Impact of Careers Provision

We measure and assess the impact of the careers provision at St Thomas More by:-

  • Holding fortnightly meetings with the Principal and Careers lead
  • Issuing student questionnaires on a variety of topics including work experience, careers events and mock interviews
  • Staff questionnaires regarding careers provision within lessons and Personal Development classes
  • Termly review of Compass Tracker
  • Termly review of compliance with Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Termly review with Prospects Careers Adviser
  • Questionnaires and feedback from external providers eg. Careers Fair exhibitors
  • Impact review in regards to Holy Spirit Experience

Date of next review : Annually October Half Term