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Farlingaye High School


Careers Lead:    Mrs Catherine Laird, Assistant Headteacher
Careers Advisor:    Mrs Katherine Wild
Careers Governor: TBC
Careers Assistant: TBC

Contact Details:


Telephone: and mark for the attention of the relevant person.

01394 5720 ext. 1102

 What to expect from your Careers appointment

Farlingaye Careers Plan

Provider Access Policy

Year 9 Options 2024 - Useful information and resources

Information on Student Vacancies can be viewed here.

All students from Years 7 to 13 receive appropriate careers advice , including tutor activities and opportunities to interact with employers.

To view the School Prospectus, please click here.

Careers education is an exciting and integral part of the curriculum here at Farlingaye. It is embedded into every subject and aims to ensure that students can make informed choices throughout their academic careers. An overview can be found in the Careers Plan (link above).

To ensure our programme is current and appropriate, the Policy (under the Governance tab) is reviewed bi-annually, and the programme of study each year. Each are monitored and feedback is gathered from all interested parties with updates and adjustments made accordingly to ensure all needs are met.

The programme is assessed termly against the Gatsby Benchmarks – a series of 8 targets for best practice. We also work closely with Suffolk County Council to ensure all our students have the support needed to ensure a smooth transition to their next destination.

In addition to the school expertise, we are fortunate to be able to draw on local businesses, training providers and colleges. If you would like to be involved please see the Provider Access Policy (see link above).

Who offers KS3 and KS4 careers provision at Farlingaye?

KS3 and KS4 careers provision is offered throughout the school. Mrs Laird is the Careers Lead and liaises closely with Mrs Watson, Head of PHSE and the Pastoral Leads.

Mrs Wild, our Careers Adviser, offers a confidential and impartial careers guidance service. This includes information, advice and guidance on issues such as GCSE option choices, sixth form applications, college applications, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment skills.

Mrs Wild also provides administration support and coordinates our careers events. We also welcome businesses into the school for pop-up career stands. Local employers and colleges visit the school by arrangement during lunchtimes to provide advice and information to students.

Who offers KS5 careers provision at Farlingaye?

KS5 careers provision is mainly offered through the Sixth Form team. Mrs Stuart (Head of Sixth Form), Mr Tait (Head of Year 12) and Mrs Johnson (Head of Year 13) coordinate this, from UCAS applications through to college and job applications. CV writing, gap year advice and university applications, including support for personal statements, are all delivered through General Studies lessons in the summer of Year 12. UCAS references are coordinated through form tutors who will liaise with subject teachers. Students applying to Oxbridge will have support from a dedicated member of the Sixth Form team and those interested in applying for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science receive guided support. Our weekly Sixth Form newsletter, Sixth Sense, has details of any apprenticeship, employment and course opportunities and can be found on the website. Students will also receive additional support with applying for employment and apprenticeships.  Sixth Formers can receive advice from Mrs Wild by visiting her in her careers office located in the library or by arranging a more formal interview through the Sixth Form team.  Students in Year 12/13 can also choose to undertake work experience during Activities Week.

Are there opportunities for work experience?

As a school we remain committed to providing students with the most relevant and accurate information about future career opportunities.  All students at the end of Year 10 will complete work experience organised and coordinated through Mrs Laird and Mrs Frazer.

How often with Year 10 and Year 11 students receive careers advice?

Mrs Wild offers careers advice and guidance meetings to all students in Year 10 and again in Year 11. Mrs Wild also liaises with Mrs Moore (Head of Learning Support) to identify the most appropriate future route for students.

Where can I find extra careers advice?

Job Centre information - 

UCAS: This website is the central location for were applications are made and processed for higher education (University). Our sixth form students should be familiar with this website and be liaising with Mr Lampard and Mrs Stuart surrounding application.


Not Going to Uni: This is a leading website dedicated to helping school and college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs.


TheSource: This website is managed by the Engagement Hub within Children and Young People's Services at Suffolk County Council. It provides information from where you can find support within the local community, to job opportunities, apprenticeship vacancies and CV building.


Apprenticeships: If you are interested in nation apprenticeship opportunities please browse this government website for further information and advice.

This guide has all that a student needs to know about what an apprenticeship is, what it requires, and how to find them.

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