At whatever age our students join us, our curriculum allows them to gain a valuable understanding of the world of work and being a valued citizen. It aims to help them overcome any barriers they may face when trying to enter the workplace if appropriate for them. We measure the impact of our careers curriculum in a number of ways, from assessing pupils' understanding of theory work to how well they perform in work experience placements. Wherever possible we also track our students' destinations post-Highfield to establish how many have entered the workplace. 


To ensure our pupils, their parents and carers, are well informed and prepared to achieve aspirational next steps into adulthood and the world of work.

Our Core Aims

  • To ensure our learners and their parents/carers have access to careers information, advice and guidance
  • To enable learners to understand their potential next steps and explore different pathways and opportunities
  • To enable all learners to access and engage in a high quality and varied careers education programme
  • To provide all learners with meaningful employer encounters and experiences that will prepare them for the world of work
  • To enable our learners to recognise and celebrate their own strengths and what they have to offer within a workplace
  • To prepare learners for a successful transition to their next educational setting or place of work

We encourage as many of our students as possible to take up a work experience placement during Key Stages 4 and 5. As a school we work with local businesses to source placements and we have seen huge benefits for many of our young people. We are always looking for new providers so please do get in touch with Jill on 01353 223301 or via our Work Experience Coordinator. This information is next due for review in September 2024.

Our upper school department leader, Tilly Newbury, is also our careers leader and oversees the delivery of our careers programme as well as college applications and supports Jill Ladson to organise work experience. You can get in touch with Tilly on 01223 223301 or 

We understand the importance of creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students, staff and visitors.  In accordance with the Baker Clause, we provide opportunities for our students to explore a variety of post secondary education, life and career options.  We are committed to providing access to information and resources that will help our students and parents to make informed decisions about their future pathways.  Our policy ensures that all students, regardless of need or ability, receive comprehensive and impartial guidance on their options.  This includes apprenticeships, technical education and employment opportunities.  We values diversity and will support our students in pursuing their goals and aspirations with the most appropriate support and guidance.

Here is a copy of our Provider Access Statement for any providers who would wish to tell our pupils about the opportunities they have on offer, this also details our provision outlined within the Baker Clause.

Provider Access Statement SUMMER 2023-24

If you click here you will also find our Careers and Work Related Learning policy encompassing our approach.

Post Highfield so far all of our learners have moved on to specialist college courses.  The graph in this link shows information about our leavers.

The Moving On documents contain information for families on education, training, employment and moving from children to adult services for young people in Cambridgeshire with special educational needs and disabilities.  To download the 2020 document from Cambridgeshire County Council please click the image below: