Information for Pupils

Pupils will receive:

  • Weekly careers lessons at Key Stage 3.
  • Additional careers information within PSHE Drop down days, Lessons and interventions.
  • Access to careers information is available in books, videos, leaflets and on computers. Any additional information, students can see the Careers Leader.
  • Support through the school’s Careers Team
  • Interviews with the New Directions Careers adviser (Level 6 Qualified Adviser)
  • Core & Vocational Subject lessons linked to careers.

What Pupils will expect:

  • Treated equally by other pupils, staff and visitors.
  • Given careers information and advice that is up to date and impartial.
  • Given extra help if required.
  • Pupils will be able to enjoy the sessions and activities they participate in.
  • Additional support is available where appropriate through extra help by the SENDCO, Senior Leaders and the Pastoral Team.

For further information about Post 16 Education & Training providers, click the ‘useful links’ tab above.

Information for Parents and Carers

Parents and Carers have the opportunity to attend careers interviews if they wish and will be invited as part of SEND reviews (EHCP, Statements and IPRAs) and look after children’s reviews.

The School’s SENDCo, Safeguarding Lead and the Careers Lead meet on a regular basis to discuss and action appropriate interventions for pupils with additional needs.

Parents and Carers will receive updates via email and text from the Careers Leader, with up to date information about upcoming events and activities.

Links with parents / carers are maintained using a variety of methods including the school website, leaflets, letters and consultation days.

The school also works closely with the local careers service; New Directions. New Directions is a careers, information and advice service for young people within Blackburn and Darwen. They can provide pupils and their parents and carers with the support they need to enter into employment, education or training.

The school’s New Directions Advisor is Janet Hope, Careers appointments can be booked through, the school Careers Lead Mr Doohan

They offer advice on:

  • Employment options
  • College courses including A-levels, T-levels & vocational course
  • Training courses
  • Apprenticeships / Traineeships
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Advice and Guidance

This service is available to all students throughout the year and is available at Careers Events and Parent’s Consultation days on request. Further information about the school careers programme can be found in the Parent/Carers guide below:

Careers Leaflet

Information for Employers

In order to support our vision of helping our students find their purpose, we need the support of both the public and private sectors. The careers programme is the bridge between education and employment. Therefore our students need to understand what skills and qualifications are required to be successful in the workplace.

To arrange a meeting or to offer support for the school’s vision, you can contact Ross Doohan (Careers Lead) via email at ross.doohan@theheightsfreeschool.org

Equality and Diversity

CEIAG is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the Careers curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career pathways that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the opportunities that reflect their needs to find a suitable career progression pathway.

“The culture and ethos of the school encourages a caring and supportive environment in which learning and good behaviour can flourish.”

Ofsted