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Ansbury Careers Student Support


The academy’s main aim is to prepare students for the world of work by focusing on linking students to the real world of work, through expert lectures, mentoring, workplace visits, placements and independent advice and guidance. Each year the academy publishes the careers offer which includes work that stretches from Year 7 to 11.  The work experience programme plays a significant part of this offer to Year 10 students (please see the section below)

Careers Provision

Year group


Year 7 Provision

  • B & V Careers module – Money Personality, Self Confidence, Using my skills.
  • Mentoring focus
  • Questionnaire – Careers provision feedback for all years
  • Carter Community Careers Fair
  • Introduction to university trip at University of Southampton (excellence club)


Year 8 Provision

  • B & V Careers module – Building Skills, Getting To Know Yourself, Internet and Email Skills
  • Mentoring focus
  • Bournemouth University – Skills Workshop
  • Career Pilot
  • Education with character booklet
  • Carter Community Careers Fair
  • Study day at University of Southampton (excellence club)


Year 9 Provision




  • B & V careers module- Building Skills,
  • Mentoring focus
  • Assemblies
  • Parents evening (strong focus on option choices)
  • Carter Careers fair linked with Guidance day (1 to 1 meeting to look at option choices)
  • Career Pilot
  • Destination Success Presentation
  • Young Enterprise - Employability Scheme
  • Aim Higher presentations BU
  • Careers/Options letter outlining the programme for the year and assembly
  • Meetings with an Ansbury careers advisor for all.
  • Ansbury assembly – looking at Labour Market Information.
  • Carter Community Careers Fair
  • Study day at university of Southampton (excellence club)


Year 10 Provision


  • B&V Collapsed days - looking at:
  1. Working towards work experience
  2. CV Writing Skills
  3. Linkedin
  4. Apprenticeships
  5. Interview Skills
  • Careers fair
  • Mentoring focus
  • Aim Higher Presentations - SUN
  • 1 Week work experience
  • Carter Community Careers Fair
  • Research competition at University of Southampton (excellence club)

Year 11 Provision



  • 1 to 1 meeting with an Ansbury careers advisor for all. 
  • Student life presentation (Aim Higher) SUN 
  • College and 6th Form assemblies 
  • Mentoring focus
  • Bournemouth and Poole College drop ins 
  • Detailed tracking of student destinations by tutor and centrally collated 
  • Carter Community Careers Fair 
  • Preparing for success parents talk on careers, universities and revision skills 

Carter Community Careers Team:

Senior leadership

Chris Phillips, Vice Principal
Role: Careers Lead

Careers Coordinator:

Jenny Turner
Role: Careers Coordinator

Careers Adviser

Careers adviser from Ansbury
Role: Supports the Careers Leader in providing students with Careers education, information, advice and guidance

4 Stars For Careers At Carter Community School

Carter Community School applied for the Bournemouth Dorset and Poole Employer and Education Partnership Charter.

This charter is given to either schools or employers as recognition of their work with young people to ensure they are prepared for the world of work with the necessary attitudes, experience and motivation. To obtain charter status, schools and employers must show evidence of working together on a range of topics such as providing young people with the opportunity to discuss their future career aspirations with employers, highlighting the different opportunities that come from being employed, self-employed and entrepreneurship, and providing information about current and future labour market trends. The assessment is carried out by two assessors, one from education and one from industry so that the charter can have real credibility and hopefully go some way to address the future skills agenda for Dorset.

We are delighted to announce that we have received 4 stars and are now listed on the Dorset LEP website as having achieved the charter. On June 15 there was a celebration for all recipients at Bournemouth University to which staff and students were invited and presented with the certificate.

Caroline Foster, Chair of Dorset Young People’s Forum said: “We believe that every young person has an entitlement to excellent careers, advice, work experience, knowledge of all the opportunities available as well as the skills needed to gain employment and contribute to the economy be it in Dorset or beyond.  These awards shine a light on the excellent work and outstanding practice being carried out by education providers and employers across the county.”

Caroline Foster, Strategic Leader Bournemouth and Poole 14-19 team

Gatsby Benchmarks

Alongside this, Carter Community School is using the Gatsby benchmarks, which reflect international best practice, to improve careers provision. Schools must meet all eight benchmarks by the end of 2020.  They are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Carter Careers Fair

At Carter Community School we organise and run an annual careers fair every January in which a large range of Employers and Higher Educational establishments attend. This is for our students to gain information on what options they have post year 11.

Work Experience

At Carter Community School work experience placements provide an invaluable opportunity for students to learn about the world of work. The School promotes the use of work experience as an extension to the curriculum, and aims to enable students to undertake a placement at an appropriate time in their studies during Key Stage Four.  This is usually the last full week of school during year 10.   

Work experience during the course of studies at the school aims to achieve: 

• The development of student’s employability and key skills, personal development, maturity and increase motivation to do well at school. 

 • Careers education and guidance 

 • Personal and social education 

 • Enhancement and addition to the curriculum, including vocational courses where appropriate.   

Students have two collapsed days during year 10 to enable them to prepare for work experience.  

Please use the below form for any inquiries regarding work experience.

Useful Websites

Career Information Websites University Apprenticeships










Careers Enquiries

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