Aspiration for All – Careers education at Foxford Community School
The Gatsby benchmarks
At Foxford Community School, we work in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks to ensure that all of our students have access to a high quality careers education programme.

The Gatsby benchmarks can be viewed in full here

In brief, the benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools:

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

At Foxford, we reach these ambitious guidelines with a programme of inspiring events and curriculum experiences from year 7 through to post-16. It is through these experiences, alongside quality personalised careers guidance, that we nurture our students in making the best choices to match their needs, ability and ambitions.

Key contacts, provider access and evaluations
Mrs Canning is Foxford Community School’s careers advisor. She provides individual careers guidance to each student at key academic transition points and has excellent links with employers, further education institutions, universities and apprenticeship hubs.

Mrs Norton is Foxford Community School’s Assistant Head Teacher with strategic oversight of careers education, and works closely with Mrs Canning to plan and review the careers curriculum offer at Foxford.

Both Mrs Canning and Mrs Norton welcome contact from employers, education institutions, education charities, apprenticeship providers and, of course, parents and carers. They can be contacted through the following email address:

Please follow the link to view a copy of our provider access policy:

Link to provider access policy here:

We evaluate all of our careers related activities to inform our annual careers curriculum review. Examples of our evaluation forms can be viewed here:

Link to example evaluation forms here: