Careers and Work Experience

Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

At Keswick School we encourage every student from Year 7 - Year 13 to develop high aspirations, promoting a broad and ambitious range of careers to suit every student’s individual needs.  This closely links to the school's vision of promoting excellence to enable students to be happy and achieve their potential.

CEIAG at Keswick is provided through designated careers lessons within the Personal Development programme; careers days and evenings; Year 10, 12 and 13 work experience placements; university and college visits; off-site careers events; one-to-one interviews with an external careers advisor from Inspira; mock interview opportunities; talks from outside speakers, including training and apprenticeship providers, local employers and alumni; to name just a few.

All students have access to the Start an online careers guidance platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.  It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability.  Start also has a dedicated section for parents to access so log in and have a look.

The school has also signed up to Unifrog, the online careers guidance platform for use by all of our 6th formers. 

Keswick School works closely with Inspira, a local careers and personal development company that "empowers young people and adults to reach their potential in work, life and society".  Valerie Cumberbatch, our qualified careers advisor, regularly comes into school to provide one to one and small group careers interviews.  If you would like an interview, please contact Mel Avery, Careers Leader in school to arrange.

Keswick School is part of the Enterprise Advisor Network, working with a local volunteering Enterprise Advisor, a local senior business representative trained to co-ordinate and liaise with school to build employer engagement plans.  Our Enterprise Advisor is Tom Pritt, section engineering manager at Jacobs UK Ltd.

Keswick School is currently working towards the Inspiring IAG award, the nationally recognised careers education, information, advice and guidance quality award, validated by The Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS).  It provides a good practice framework for organisations that work with young people, which includes schools, colleges and other learning providers.

Students, staff, parents, carers, employers and training providers all play a role in a young person's careers journey.  Please see dedicated pages above for more specific information, useful information and links.


The Careers Office is situated on the S-floor opposite S10 and all students are encouraged to drop by at any time for a chat. The door is always open. 

Mrs Melanie Avery
(Head of CEIAG and Work Experience Coordinator) or extension 233

Updated July 2020