Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Gatsby Benchmarks at Bishop Rawstorne


This policy statement sets out Bishop Rawstorne’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about said provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
If you would like to contact the member of staff with responsibility for Careers’ Education in school, then please get in touch with:

Anthony Duckworth
Assistant Headteacher, Intervention, Pupil Premium, Careers and Attendance
Tel: 01772 600 349

Our Mission Statement

We aspire:

To establish Bishop Rawstorne as the natural choice of school for parents within the local area. To raise aspirations for all, engaging in the disadvantaged and the disaffected, challenging all of our community to reach for the next level

We believe:

In Christian faith at the core of this Christian community, guiding and supporting us in our daily endeavours.

In becoming the best school, with the best levels of progress and attainment.

We achieve:

By the highest standards of teaching and learning, delivered by a driven and developed teaching and support staff, underpinned by research and leadership opportunity.

By engaging early with our parents to create a shared ambition and commitment to meet the needs of all of our community.

At Bishop Rawstorne we understand that we are a stepping stone for young people as they move from primary school to post-16 education, in whatever form that may be. We also fundamentally believe that the 5 years that students spend with us will allow them to grow, not just into academically capable and competent young adults, but also young adults with a strong understanding of the world around them and the opportunities in front of them.
This does not just mean informing students about the different colleges they can apply too, but rather it involves educating them about the different options that are available to them, and assisting them in making the correct choices for them.


Student entitlement

All pupils in Years 7-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available post-16
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options’ events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses

Which local colleges do we work with?



As well as strong college links, we are looking to continue to develop our relationships with local businesses by growing our bi-annual careers event that brings over 50 different local employers into the school. By the end of the academic Year 2018/19 it is also the intention that all students in Year 10 will have had a “mock Interview” with a potential employee to help them to understand the need to develop a good CV and present themselves well in a work environment.

All students in Year 8 and Year 11 are given the opportunity to have one-to-one support from our independent careers’ advisory team. This advice will help them to think about the potential options available to them as they begin their GCSE course and the different routes that are available to them once they leave Bishop Rawstorne. With external advisors, engaged teaching staff and a strong Year 8 and Year 11 tutor team, students have a diverse range of experience to draw on.

Bishop Rawstorne is committed to developing our students ‘knowledge of careers and post-16 provision in line with the government's new careers’ strategy and specifically following the Gatsby Benchmarks as outlined below.


In 2014, Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Charitable Foundation published a report by Professor Sir John Holman, Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, titled “Good
Career Guidance.”

The report identified eight benchmarks that are the core dimensions of good careers and enterprise provision in 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

The calendar below outlines how we intend to follow these benchmarks this academic year.


The Gatsby Benchmarks embedded at Bishop Rawstorne

Biannually Bishop Rawstorne runs a Careers Fair for the whole school during the Spring Term. We Ran this in 2015, 2017 and last in 2019 – always in the spring term. The next Planned Careers Fair in school will be in Spring 2021.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


A programme throughout the year that develops employability awareness – challenges stereotypes, outlines careers routes and highlights potential career pathways.

Year 8


  • Whole year group visit to Chorley Life centre to have medical workplace experience.
  • “The Classroom, after the classroom”
  • (A week of lessons linking subjects to careers)
  • Options Talks in assembly and tutor time.
  • 121 Options’ Interviews if desired.
  • PSHE day – 1 hour careers’ focus.
  • PSHE Day – Careers session on employability and different Pathways available.

Year 9

  • Talk from Ask Apprenticeships regarding the world of Apprenticeships.


  • Employer encounter day – In conjunction with Runshaw College
  • PSHE day – 1 hour careers focus.
  • College Visit KGV/ Southport.
  • “The Classroom, after the classroom”

(A week of lessons linking subjects to careers)

Year 10

  • Talk from Ask Apprenticeships regarding the world of Apprenticeships.
  • “What are the options for my future?”(Assembly about the various different routes students have to follow post- Bishop Rawstorne)
  • Parental Information Evening – How to prepare for leaving.
  • College Visits – All students to visit Runshaw College and then a choice of one other local college in school time.
  • Lunchtime clinics for CV writing
  • Mock Interview Day

Year 11

  • University visits to be offered to interested students
  • College assemblies from all local providers
  • Talk from Ask Apprenticeships regarding the world of Apprenticeships.
  • Guidance and support with online application procedures.
  • Lunchtime Clinics for CV writing


  • College 121 Interviews: All students will be interviewed by their prospective post-16 provider.
  • University visits where applicable.
  • Parental Information Evening – How to prepare for leaving.




During the year, students across Years 7 – 11 and parents will be given the opportunity to offer their feedback as to whether or not the opportunities provided have been beneficial. This feedback will then be used to inform the programme from 2019 onwards.

The Academy Leadership Team will review this programme towards the end of the 2018/19 academic year and assess the quality of the opportunities that have been offered to all students.

Finally, external monitoring and support is coming from the Enterprise Advisor Network.

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