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Wrenn is committed to raising the aspirations of all students.  A diverse range of impartial careers information, advice and guidance is available to students to help them with their options and career plans.

We have an excellent careers resource centre based at our Doddington site (the IAG room).  This room has a wide range of resources including career specific books such as the ‘how2become’ range ( as well as more general literature, FE/HE prospectuses, leaflets and posters.

The Learning Resource Centre at our London Road site also contains career related materials including Higher Education information, as does the Sixth Form Study room. There are also numerous career related displays around the school.

Employers: We welcome employers who wish to work with our students. Please click here for information and contact details.

Wrenn Careers Program- Expand this box

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is a vital part of every students’ time at Wrenn. We are committed to raising the aspirations of all our students. We encourage students to consider their skills and qualities and explore all their options to help prepare and support them for the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training, career and life.


  • Timetabled PSHE sessions dedicated to careers
  • Careers research
  • Skills, qualities and interests Careers software & research skills – (more details of these are further down the main page)
  • Options at Year 8 and transition
  • Options evening
  • Career planning
  • Enterprise days/events – Dragons Den/World of Work day/Young Enterprise Developer day
  • Labour Market Information – Start/SACU-student
  • Assemblies linked to careers and related to career specific displays around school
  • Assembly presentations by local colleges and training providers
  • Post-16 options and beyond
  • Higher Education taster day visits (University of Northampton, Leicester university, Oxford university)
  • Trips to local and national events – Big Bang Northants, National Skills show
  • Links with our Alumni community
  • Links with the University of Northampton Aspire/schools engagement team and the events/opportunities they provide
  • Links with the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and the events/opportunities they provide


  • Timetabled PSHE sessions dedicated to careers
  • Careers research
  • Employability skills and preparation for the workplace
  • CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Post-16 options and beyond
  • One to one careers appointments
  • Follow-up one to one appointments Careers software & research skills –
  • Higher Education taster day visits
  • Assemblies linked to careers and related to career specific displays around school
  • Assembly presentations by local colleges and training providers
  • Trips to local and national events –National Skills show, National Apprenticeship show
  • Links with our Alumni community
  • Links with the University of Northampton Aspire/schools engagement team and the events/opportunities they provide
  • Links with the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and the events/opportunities they provide
  • Sixth Form awareness assemblies and induction days


  • Various drop-down days covering – Higher Education, Apprenticeships, Gap Years
  • Career research
  • University and alternative options research Careers software & research skills –
  • Visits to Higher Education events and specific universities
  • Destinations week
  • “Where can Physics take you?” evening
  • Links with the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and the events/opportunities they provide
  • Alternatives to Higher Education evening
  • Individualised mentoring by pastoral and subject staff
  • Work experience
  • One to one careers appointments
  • Follow-up one to one appointments


We ensure that impartial careers advice and guidance is available for all our students.

Mrs Cheryl McCarthy (LifeJigsaw) interviews all year 11 students twice. She is also available for drop in sessions at break and lunchtime on the days she is in. The careers administrator arranges all these interviews.

Mrs Jenny Lal offers a similar service to our Key Stage 5 students. Appointments with Jenny can be arranged through Mrs Mayes (Sixth form Year Team Manager).

Additional careers information, advice and guidance is offered by the careers administrator who is based in the IAG Resource Centre at our Doddington site.


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All our students have access to computer based careers resources such as 

Parents are encouraged to register on This is an excellent interactive site.  Your child should be able to show you how to register (Registration code: 27170), alternatively expand the boxes below for details:

Start letter to parents - Expand this box

Dear Parent/Carer,

Help your child to explore their future.

As part of our commitment to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, we are delighted to announce that we are using an innovative online resource called Start.

Start will help your child to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.

How should my child use it?

We have asked students to create their own account for Start at school, but it is accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices.

Your child will personalise their profile on Start with details about their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences. This provides a starting point for them to explore information matched to their personal preferences and interests. As they update their profile, Start will personalise this information, helping them to navigate the thousands of jobs, courses, providers and opportunities available. Start will help students to understand where they are on their journey and what’s important as they make their choices at GCSE, post-16 and post-18.

We encourage you to use Start with your child at home. Encourage them to rate jobs, qualifications, colleges or universities so that we can see their preferences in order to support them better.

What if I want to use Start myself?

Parents can also use Start to find out more about jobs, training and study opportunities for yourself. Please do not log in using your child’s user detail,  instead register yourself using the steps outlined in the how to register section, creating your own username and password.

For more information on Start or the support available for your son or daughter, please contact Wrenn.

Yours faithfully

Wrenn Academy

Parent Guide to Start, how to register - Expand this box

How to Register: Parent Guide

Welcome to Start!

These instructions explain how to register for Start. To create your own username and password, please follow the simple steps below.

  • Go to and click Register
  • Enter your first name, surname, email address, postcode, date of birth and gender

 Tip: if you forget your username or password we will use the email address you provide to send you a reminder

  • Choose a memorable username and a secure password. Tick to agree to the Privacy, Cookies and Terms of Use policies and click Get Started
  • Click Login and enter your username and password. Click Login

 The first time you log in you will be required to complete the following:

  • Select I am a Parent and would like to use Start with my children.
  • You’ll be sent an email. Click on the link in the email to verify your email address.
  • The link will take you to a new page, click Start

Please have a look at the other aforementioned platforms: includes career related videos, job information and the Buzz Quiz – What animal are you? allows students to complete the Spartan Test (well worth doing) as well as career explorer & A Level matching tools.

Careers related topics are covered as stand alone modules in PSHE as well as being embedded in the general curriculum areas. Throughout the academic year, a number of careers related events also take place, involving a wide range of students.  These include the year 8 World Of Work day, visits by external speakers, visits to local businesses, colleges and HE institutions, visits to careers fairs and work with other external careers agencies.

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This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997 and the CEIAG Statutory Guidance 2018 Baker Clause.  

 Management of provider access requests  

Opportunities for access  

Our provision includes various opportunities for students to access a range of events. These are mainly integrated into the school’s careers programme and curriculum. These events are therefore delivered internally, with contribution from external providers where appropriate.  


A provider wishing to request access should contact Mrs C Hunt, Vice Principal, via the school contact details.  

Local providers are invited to key relevant events. In addition, external providers interested in coming into school should speak to Mrs Hunt, to identify the most suitable opportunity.  

The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.  


Once visits have been agreed, the school will provide appropriate rooming to facilitate the visit, along with any equipment requested by the provider, where it is available.  

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature in the IAG room, which is managed by Miss Baigent. The IAG room is available to all students at lunch and break times. 

Updated March 2018

We aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage students to consider a wide range of careers.

Try the Careerometer widget – This useful tool help you to explore and compare key information about occupations.

Here is a selection of useful websites to help you with your research.

General - Expand this box

Career ideas:

National Careers Service   – Advice online, over the phone or face to face.
plotr   – Discover and explore exciting careers.
icould  – Career videos, quiz and articles.

All about Careers – Explore, Search, Understand.
Growing Ambitions  – Masses of advice sections.
Careers Gateway – Thousands of links all in one place. –  A free job search engine that indexes jobs directly for free from companies’ career websites, placement agencies and job boards.

Careersbox – Loads of really good careers films.

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Skillset – Free online courses and support for those interested in the creative industries.

Drama UK  – Drama UK provides a unique link between the theatre, media and broadcast industries and drama training providers in the UK.
CDET  – Council for Dance Education and Training.
BJTC  – Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
Get into Music – UK Music Careers Advice.
The Arts Council  – Championing, developing and investing in the arts and culture in England.

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NHS Careers – Careers in the National Health Service.
BDA – Dental careers and education advice.
BMA  – Information about becoming a medical student.
RCM  – Information about becoming a midwife.
RCN – Advice on beginning your nursing career.
CSP – Careers in physiotherapy information.

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RIBA  – Everything you need to know about how to become an architect     .          
Tomorrows Engineers  – Engineering careers advice.

Directions – Information about the finance industry
All about Law  – Website unsafe according to Google and very broken at time of testing.
Law – Advice for those seeking a career in law.
Get into Marketing – Marketing careers information.
Social Work:
BASW – Careers in Social Work information
Careers in Sport  – All the information you need for a career in sport
Get into Teaching – Advice and guidance for those wanting a teaching career                   
Veterinary Science:
RCVS  – Advice and guidance for those wanting a career as a vet

Subjects - Expand this box

Society of Biology – Find out about Biology careers.
Royal Society of Chemistry – Find out about Chemistry careers.
The Royal Economics Society – Find out about careers in Economics.
Royal Geographical Society  Information and advice for Geography Students.
The Historical Association – News resources and support for History Students.
Maths: –
The institute of Mathematics – Maths Careers information
Languages work – Find out about Languages careers
Institute of Physics   – Physics careers information and resources

British Psychological Society  – Resources and tools for Psychology Students
General Science:
Futuremorph – Career opportunities in Science and Maths

University - Expand this box

UCAS – Advice and guidance for undergraduates.
Which? University – University help – Find a course, explore profiles.
Uni Stats – The official UK website for comparing Higher Education course data.
A Star Future – Undergraduate opportunities abroad
Fulbright – Want to study in the USA?
Eunicas – Study in Europe

UCAS Progress – Help with what to do after your GCSE’s.

Apprenticeships - Expand this box

Why apprenticeships are a real alternative to University
National Apprenticeship Service  – The official Government Apprenticeship website.
Apprenticeship Eye  – A hub of information providing the latest news and insights for all those interested in the world of professional apprenticeships.
Jobs 4 You  – Find local jobs.
Careermap – Apprenticeship search.
3aaa – Find local apprenticeships.

Business Start-up - Expand this box

Shell Livewire – The UK’s biggest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30.

Access Professions – Aspiration raising opportunities for students, parents and teachers.
Go Think Big – Helping young people achieve their career dreams.
I am Creative – Are you looking for work experience in the creative communications industries?
My Kinda Crowd – Tools & inspiring opportunities to help students kickstart their career.
NHS – Step into the NHS.
Smallpiece Trust – Fueling young peoples passion for engineering and science.
Student Ladder – Work Placements – Internships – Graduate Schemes.
vInspired – Volunteering opportunities.

Other - Expand this box

Gap Year – Helps plan a gap year
Not Going to Uni – Advice and assistance if you don’t plan to go to university.