Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Staff Involved:


Name:             Mr T Lambrianides


Tel Number:     01925 263919



Name:             Mr M Knight


Tel Number:     01925 263919



Name:             Mrs M Winstanley


Tel Number:     01925 263919


Statement of Provider Access



Our Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme helps to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, in order to help them make a successful transition to adulthood.

We are proud of the engagement we have with parents and local partners which enables us to offer a varied experience for our students. Please do not hesitate to contact if you wish to engage with us to extend our offerings or provide feedback.



1.Support pupils to be able to plan and manage their own futures.

2.Provide comprehensive information on options available.

3.Raise aspirations.

4.Promote equality, diversity, social mobility and challenge stereotypes.

5.Enable pupils to sustain employment and achieve personal and economic well- being throughout their lives.



  • In PSHE lessons
  • At tutor review days
  • At options and parents’ evenings
  • During assembly times
  • Through talks and discussions from other educational establishments and employers
  • Providing opportunities for familiarisation meetings and visits where helpful.
  • On cross curricular days
  • On our Careers Day – access to 40+ employers, providers and many detailed talks/workshops, External Y11 mock interviews, CV workshops etc.
  • Apprenticeship Advisers Drop-In Sessions on a monthly basis
  • Visits e.g. Universities and Careers Fairs, employers
  • Subject related events e.g. BTEC Business Forum
  • Help available in school (see below)



We currently use the Careers Service provided by Careers Connect for some of our Careers Programme.

1. At each of our parent’s evening’s years 9-11 and at all other important events and guidance evenings, a Careers Adviser from Careers Connect will be on hand to speak to parents and pupils.

2. All pupils in years 10 -11 have access to a career interview via Careers Connect if they feel it would be useful. This can be booked via Pastoral Achievement Managers and our in- school careers staff.

3. A monthly drop in session for those who are interested in apprenticeships is held AT LUNCHTIME on the first Monday of every month. Warrington and Vale Royal College attend to answer any queries about apprenticeships or Mrs Winstanley can help.

4. Show My Homework is used regularly to update students/parents about useful careers info e,g, Career Events throughout the Warrington area, Open Evenings at local providers. Also, to inform Year 11 of apprenticeships which are available on a weekly basis.

5. Subject teachers provide information on careers related to their subject.

6. Careers Help is available in Upper School LRC from Mrs Winstanley before school, during Monday to Thursday lunch and after school until 3.30pm each day.

7. Careers Club is available on a Friday lunchtime at Lower School.



To achieve the aims of our Careers Programme we have adopted “Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks” to develop and improve our careers provision. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, as other secondary schools do, we can ensure we can measure our progress in fulfilling/exceeding the legal requirements which must be met by the end of 2020.



There are 8 benchmarks which our Careers Programme follows:

  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

Bridgewater uses an online self-evaluation tool COMPASS to compare against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average, this allows us to compare and consider opportunities to improve our programme on an ongoing basis and measure the impact of our programme.



For up-to-date information on jobs and training opportunities click here.

Pupils/parents/carers may also wish to search many of the very useful websites below that are available to provide advice:

CAREER RESEARCH SITES – information on making choices, career planning, courses, apprenticeships and information on writing CVs and completing application forms   – what careers are open to you with a specific degree Real-life career videos, advice and information to inspire your career – online library of careers films, news and information


Priestley College –
On the Priestley College site there is Course Information where there is Labour Market Information about the course including the type of jobs you can progress onto, salary information and also includes real-time live jobs available in the area.

Warrington and Vale Royal College –

Reaseheath College –

Cronton Sixth Form College –

Riverside College –

UNIVERSITIES – this site is used to apply to uni and you can check what qualifications you need to study a particular degree


Priestley College –
On the Priestley College site there is Course Information where there is Labour Market Information about the course including the type of jobs you can progress onto, salary information and also includes real-time live jobs available in the area.


One of the most active days in our Careers Programme is our Careers Day where 40 organisations share their experiences with our students and 30+ parents interview over 300 Year 11 students

Former Students volunteer to represent their companies, which is wonderful to see!

Students that have attended Bridgewater and been to our Careers Fair themselves, come back to help other students.

Parents engage by showcasing their companies and providing invaluable first-hand knowledge of particular sectors:

Parental volunteers with crucial experience (Capita Business Services) presented workshops to Year 10 and Year 11 on “How to write a CV”. These volunteers are experts with CV’s and review hundreds annually. As you can appreciate this makes their knowledge up-to date and invaluable for students.

Feedback from Capita was:

“I just wanted to say thanks for yesterday –we often attend job fairs which are so much smaller so well done – I think the pupils at Bridgewater are really well provided for, and this is such a great opportunity for them to consider the world after school.

I did tell the classes that I was delivering to, that if anyone wants any help with a CV, I’m happy for you to pass on my email address and they can get in touch with me directly. I’m more than happy to help where I can.”

Feedback from Mock Interviewers

“I was at the school today performing mock Interviews with the Y11’s.

It was a fantastic day.

I am so glad I was part of it and found the day, personally, very rewarding.

Not only do you have excellent staff, Mrs Winstanley did a great job by the way, the whole Bridgewater team worked really hard to make this a vibrant and successful event.

It was your excellent students whom I had the privilege and pleasure to meet today, who really impressed me.

The students I interviewed were; polite, confident, prepared, organised, articulate and inspiring.

I loved every minute and I hope the students I interviewed got as much from the day as I did.

Please pass on my regards and best wishes to all staff and students involved in today’s event.”



Type of Destination Destination  
Sixth Form College Priestley College
College of Further Education Riverside College
Sixth Form College Sir John Deane’s College
Re-engagement Provision Warrington Borough Council
College of Further Education Warrington & Vale Royal College
Intermediate Apprenticeship Salford College
School Year 12 Lymm High School
Other Training Northern Premier League Football Academy
School Year 12 Birchwood Community High School
School Year 12 Home Educated
School Year 12 Great Sankey High School
Intermediate Apprenticeship PDR Electrical
College of Further Education Reaseheath College
College of Further Education Trafford College
College of Further Education Myerscough College
Traineeship British Heart Foundation
School Year 12 University Technical College Warrington
Sixth Form College Carmel College
Intermediate Apprenticeship Dental Surgery
Intermediate Apprenticeship Garage
College of Further Education Shropshire College
Intermediate Apprenticeship Burnley FC
College of Further Education The Manchester College
Intermediate Apprenticeship The Growth Company
Other Training Morthyng Group Ltd
Intermediate Apprenticeship British Aerospace
Intermediate Apprenticeship Clancy Construction
College of Further Education Oldham College
Intermediate Apprenticeship Hair Salon
College of Further Education Creative Access College
Re-engagement Provision WBC New Leaf 1