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Careers at Maplefields Academy (Informing Futures)

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Maplefields Academy.

Effective careers support is vital to our young people, and alongside learning life skills that will help them prepare for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  We aim to give our students the essential skills and opportunities through concrete experiences, motivating them to make decisions confidently to inform their futures.  As a result, the careers programme has a whole-school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.

At Maplefields Academy, we use the Compass+ tool to measure our provision in careers, information, advice and guidance against the Gatsby Benchmarks.  We are also working towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard that recognises excellence in careers, employability and enterprise in key stage 3, 4 and 5.

The Careers Team:

Careers Leaders:

James Briggs (

Helen Field (


Careers Link Governor:

Corrina Bradshaw


Independent Careers advisor:

Avril Bartley-Smith (TimelyAdvice Ltd)

Careers Calendar

Here is our careers calendar for the current academic year.  If you would like a copy of this please choose the link below:

Career of the Month: Baker

Each month we focus on a career across whole school.  This career will be integrated into the lessons across the whole school with additional time to discuss this career during other structured times.

To learn more about this career and others, please visit the Indigo website HERE.

Accessing Careers Information:

From careers advice through to interview tips, the National Careers Service provides a comprehensive career guide:

CLICK HERE to go to the National Careers Service Website

Take the buzz test to find out what kind of person you are and the careers that might suit you:


Parents’ Pack Apprenticeship Information

CLICK HERE to access the current Parent Information Pack

Key Partnerships:

We are currently working with a number of key partners, these are outlined below:

SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) SEMLEP

Our involvement with SEMLEP allows us to share good practice with other education facilities within the local area and provides us with access to a wide variety of careers opportunities.  More information can be found HERE.

Amazing Apprenticeships

A leading organisation in the education sector, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits.  More information can be found HERE.

Preparing for Adulthood

The Preparing for Adulthood programme provides expertise and support to support us in embedding the preparing for adulthood framework through the school.  More information can be found HERE.

Corby Council

Work experience and funding for projects in the community

Buckingham Group Contracting

We are working with the Buckingham Group to offer work experience for our students in both KS4 and 5.

Morrisons Corporate

We have links with our local Morrisons supermarket to offer work experience for our students in KS4 and 5.

Euro Scaffolding Ltd (Northampton)

We are working with Euro Scaffolding to offer work experience to our students in KS4 and 5.

Employer Engagement:

We know that employers in the UK have concerns about skills gaps and the work-readiness of some young people.

Maplefields Academy is a member of the SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise Network, part of the national Careers and Enterprise Company programme.

Our aim is that through employer engagement at all ages, we ensure that young people leave our school with the skills, competencies, knowledge, appropriate qualifications and attitudes needed by employers for both their own career development and economic sustainability and growth.

We need your help

We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students to bring the world of work to life for the next generation.

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work:

  • Employer Talks
  • Business site visits
  • Mentoring
  • Enterprise activities
  • Work experience and job shadowing
  • Mock interviews and CV preparation

If you can help with this or would like further information, please contact James Briggs at


Independent Advice & Guidance

To ensure we provide the very best advice to our students we are proud to work with ‘Timely Advice’.  

We offer access to all students through the academic year in order to explore future plans and next steps.

For more information about the company and the service they offer please CLICK HERE

Year 11 Destinations

Gatsby Benchmarks

Here is a copy of our latest evaluation against the Gatsby Benchmarks.  The most recent evaluation was done in March 2022 and the previous data shows where we have progressed in each benchmark since our last evaluation in October 2021.

For a more in-depth report that outlines the criteria for each benchmark, please check out our full report HERE.

Provider Access

Access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer is set out in our provider access policy.  This can be accessed below:

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