Greenfield Community College is committed to providing a stable careers education, information, advice and guidance programme to all learners.

As part of this commitment we have embraced the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance as one of the schools on the initial pilot scheme and we are proud to say that we now fully achieve seven of the benchmarks. More information about the Gatsby Benchmarks can be found in the links below.

Our provision

Provision takes place throughout lessons, assemblies, RRS days, T4S Enquiry, as well as relevant visits and external speakers.

Students will be able to research different career pathways, make informed decisions regarding options choices (Post-14, Post-16, Post-18), find out what options are available to them post Greenfield and develop their employability skills.

All students participate in our October Rights Respecting School Day for Careers, participating in age appropriate activities with a focus on CEIAG.

In Years 7, 8, & 9 students have Careers lessons as part of a rotation with Enterprise, Financial Capability and PSHE.

Year 10 students follow the Esh ‘Building My Skills’ programme of study. Over the course of the year, students will receive five employability guidance sessions, each delivered by an external business guest. All students will complete an individual employability portfolio by completing work for the following checkpoints;

1.    My Pathway Poster

2.    Online Appearance

3.    The World of Work

4.    CV and Cover Letter

5.    Interview Preparation.

All students also receive a mock interview with staff from Barclays Bank from which they will receive written feedback.

Year 11 students have dedicated Careers lessons as part of their T4S programme. This includes talks and application clinics with Further Education providers.

All students will be using Start Profile to explore careers information and helping them to make choices. Students will be registered in their careers lessons but parents and carers are encouraged to sign up for this as well using the instructions below.

Individual Guidance

In the Summer term, all Year 10 students receive a 40 minute guidance interview with a QCF L6 qualified, independent advisor from Careerwave. They will have the opportunity to discuss their interests, strengths and ideas for their future and will receive a written report to help inform their decisions.

Learners with special needs will receive further support in the form of One Point interviews

National Careers Service is a free website for both young people and adults. Students over the age of 13 can use the service to find information about jobs and courses, as well as requesting 1:1 support from a qualified Adviser by ringing the helpline, emailing, texting or requesting a webchat.

Call 0800 100 900 or log on to


Careers Leader

Mr Simon Tait –


Further Useful Links

Gatsby Good Careers Guidance Benchmarks -

Start Profile -

National Careers Service -

Careerwave -

National Apprenticeship Service -

Help4Teens (Information for students in County Durham) -

Advice for Parents -

Registering for Start Profile

  • 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.”

Apprenticeships Search


Click below to explore and compare different careers