As a parent or carer you will want to help your child to succeed. Research shows that parents have a key influence on their child’s career choices.  Here at Ashton we want to support you in this.  

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) starts in Year 7 and is delivered through a combination of PSHE, “Challenge Days” and regular form time sessions. A full itinerary of events for students is available here

Our programme is designed to help to raise aspirations, offer impartial advice and prepare students for their post 16 choices.

Ashton Community Science College is part of the Lancashire Enterprise Advisor Network and we work in partnership with our Enterprise Coordinator Hannah Thurston along with our two Enterprise Advisers Claire Cunningham, Principal Branch Manager, Adecco UK & Ireland and Rachel Bissett, HR Manager BAE Systems plc.  

In addition to the employer engagement that is offered through the STEM ambassador programme, we welcome employers wanting to deliver an event, advertise opportunities or attend Careers Events. These opportunities are advertised to students through our online learning platform, in form time/PSHE and in our school newsletter. Please contact Mrs Long using either the email or telephone number below. For schools full CEIAG Access Policy including Baker Clause click here

Mrs Long our Careers/Information/Advice & Guidance Adviser is in school each day and based in the careers room.  This room is open at break and lunch for Students from any year group who have CEIAG questions and who want to access the resources on offer. 

Mr Murray is the school Careers Lead and the SLT link for careers within school. 

Mr Catterall is the link Governor with responsibility for Personal Development and Careers. 

School regularly measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme and records destination data in line with current DfE guidelines.


In January 2018 the DfE of published the new statutory guidance for Career Guidance in schools.  The purpose is to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by qualified and experienced individuals. This statutory guidance has been restructured around the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

  1. A stable Careers programme
  2. Learning from Career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experience of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal Guidance

Please click here for the Gatsby benchmarks.

Please click here for the statutory guidance.

During 2019 and 2020 our school achieved all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. To continue to gain the 8 benchmarks, school will again offer a work experience week for all year 10 pupils. This will be Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July. More details will follow.

To contact our careers team here at Ashton please call Mr J Murray, Careers Lead, telephone 01772 513002 or email

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