CEAIG stands for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance.

At PCS we believe that students should be ambitious. All should be equipped to access any path they choose, and strive to achieve this. Our careerseducation offer is to informing students of the possibilities that lay before them, and to help them make the correct choices and actions that allow them to pursue any path they choose.

At Peacehaven Community School all students are entitled to impartial, high quality and wide-ranging careers education. We are proud to have been renewed our Investors in Careers award in January 2018.

All pupils in years 8-11 are entitled:
• To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
• To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships - through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
• To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

The named careers lead for the school is Madi Bliss - madi.bliss@swale.at

The Careers policy is available here.

Students will receive careers guidance in SPHERE (Social, Personal, Health, Economic and Religious Education) but may also ask for further guidance through the library, tutor or Head of Year.

Parents wishing to have more information should contact:

Mrs Pellett, Library and Careers Co-ordinator - georgina.pellett@swale.at
Ms Newman, Careers Advisor - jemma.newman@swale.at

We invite any organisation wishing to present to our students regarding careers and education to contact:

We regularly review our careers provision and impact, and keep a range of internal tracking including:

• Student Council
• Student feedback on their experience of the careers programme and what they gained from it
• An annual careers survey to all staff
• Staff feedback on careers lessons, mock interviews etc
• Gathering informal feedback from external partners and from parents
• Quality assurance of careers lesson
• Student destination figures post-16

Careers provision will be reviewed annually in January each year.

A virtual event showcasing routes and pathways after Year 11

Live events: Wednesday 4th November, 1.30-3pm and 6-7.30pm on Learn Live

Register for this free event by clicking here

Thinking about what to do after GCSEs or supporting someone who is? Then sign up to What Next Sussex?

This free large-scale virtual event will showcase options available for learners from across East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and West Sussex. You can:

• ask questions to representatives from further and higher education providers, sixth-form colleges, schools, training & apprenticeship providers and employers via live events hosted on the Live Learn platform on Wednesday 4th November (1.30-3pm and 6-7.30pm

• before and after the November 4th event you can browse information from Sussex-wide post 16 providers on www.getcareerconfident.co.uk

• enjoy videos and interactive content that will help you navigate the pathways available to you after Year 11.


Careermap is an online career resource that provides live post-16 opportunities, such as apprenticeship vacancies, college courses, university and graduate options. We also offer career advice and guidance so young people can make well-informed decisions to enhance their futures! Check out 1000’s of live opportunities here.

PCS Alumni

This year, Peacehaven Community School is working with the charity Future First to help us stay in touch with former students.

If you are a former student, we’d love to hear what you’ve done since leaving us. Whether you’re at university, doing an apprenticeship or have had a variety of jobs, we would love for you to join our alumni network so that we can stay connected and let you know about exciting opportunities to get involved.

Even if you’re not one of our former students, Future First work with many schools, and you can see if your former school is a member here: https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/register

There is no obligation to do anything after you’ve signed up but you’ll receive a few updates to let you know what we’re up to here at the school and you’ll also hear about opportunities to get involved if you want to.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mrs Pellett on georgina.pellett@swale.at

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Measuring impact of the careers programme

At PCS we track every individual student's interaction with the careers programme. This includes, but is not exclusive to, work experience, employer encounters and university visits. In this way we are able to keep a detailed record of the experience of each student and also target students for specific programmes or interventions if needed. After every event or interaction we gather student voice and feedback regarding the relevance and enjoyment of the experience. One of the key measures for measuring impact is destinations; what our students go on to do after leaving PCS post 16. Based on latest DFE figures 95% of young people go on to stay in education for at least two terms against a national average of 94%.

Review of Careers Programme

We review our progress towards fulfilling the Gatsby Benchmarks - https://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance three times during the academic year - December, April and June - and share this information with governors and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

National Citizen Service

NCS is here to help you on your journey. If you're aged 15-17, come and prove what you’re capable of achieving.

NCS is an experience designed to make you feel challenged and changed, engaged and empowered. The four-phase programme is just the beginning of an exciting journey that will give you all the confidence and skills you need to seize the future you want.

Click here to find out more

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

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

All students will receive careers guidance in a number of ways:
• In careers education during PSHE and Citizenship
• Highlighted career potential and opportunities during subject lessons and
• Careers library in the library and advice from our careers team
• Access to one to one interviews and meetings with the Youth Employability service
• During tutor time
• Through our enterprise advisor

All students are encouraged to have enterprise skills, representing the demand from parents and local employers.

• Through studying for the London Institute for banking and finance in Y9 and Y10
• Opportunities to take part in the ‘tenner challenge’ and other activities from Young Enterprise
• Working at the PCS shop in the Meridian shopping centre
• Charity events run throughout the year
• The PCS summer fair or Winter Fair

For Parents

Guidance is available for both you and your child, we recommend that you encourage students to discuss careers as much as possible, focussing on their personal dreams and ambitions, and how this is supported through the school values.

At PCS we use https://www.startprofile.com/ to help shape our careers education, students will all be registered in PSHE lessons but we welcome any student signing up prior to this, it is a valuable tool to start discussion on careers.

Click here for Parent Guide


At the end of Y7 students are choosing to apply for the International Baccaluerte pathways, during this process parents and students are asked to consider the aspiration they have, students are interviewed and the range of local, national and global opportunities are discussed. All students consider the aim they have, whether this is technical, academic or in another specialist field.


In Y8 students are introduced to careers education in PSHE, students will use https://www.startprofile.com/ to access impartial guidance. Students will be taught about the range of opportunities available to help to help guide the options process. Students gain information on what it means to have a career, the difference in skills and qualities and how they can research careers options.

Students in the IB band will receive additional trips to universities and a sharp focus on the role of university education and the knowledge required for the best universities.


In Y9 students start studying for the LIBF certificate of financial education, we believe this is a qualification that develops young peoples ambition and employability skills. Students will also receive individual lessons on the types of work and in options subjects.

We are proud to take advantage of the East Sussex Opening doors project and many students will receive invites to attend specific events at local employers. In 2017 these trips included

• Rampion wind farm
• Grand Hotel Eastbourne
• Rathffiny wine estate


All students are invited to take part in work experience at the end of the year, this is supported through an in depth careers unit in PSHE at the start of the year, and tutor times throughout the year building CV’s, personal statements and lessons in how to act in the workplace. Students reflect on these as an extended piece of writing in English at the end of the year.


Applying for college and further education is the main theme for Y11 with students receiving lessons on personal statement, interviews and interview technique. Students will all apply to a range of options.

In January, we invite local employers to interview each of our Y11 students, this provides impartial feedback to students about suitability for employment and presentation and in some cases has led to offers of employment.

Request for Speakers

If you would like to volunteer to give a career’s talk during a lunch time or tutor time please do get in touch and e-mail careers@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk as we would love to hear from more employers.

Year 11 - Post 16 Choices

Students wishing to apply to Plumpton College, East Sussex College (Lewes, Eastbourne or Hastings), or Seaford Head 6th Form need to apply through the e-prospectus website https://careerseastsussex.co.uk/login/

Students have already been given their login details for e-prospectus but if there are any problems please contact Mrs Pellett by email - georgina.pellett@swale.at

Students wishing to apply to colleges in Brighton need to apply on the colleges own websites.

Students can apply to more than one college and for more than one course.

Further information, advice and guidance will be available to students through a series of after-school presentations and PSHE lessons. We would also encourage Year 11 students to attend as many college open evenings as possible.

At PCS we also have a well-stocked careers library, if you would like to look at information on specific careers. If you need help accessing any of the websites below or would like to book a careers meeting, please see Mrs Pellett or Ms Newman in the library or email: careers@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

Check out the careers based websites below for help with everything from Apprenticeships to Work Experience.

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General Educational Information

www.directgov.uk - Finance, volunteering, higher education, employment
www.education.gov.uk - Education updates including English Baccalaureate

National Career websites

http://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ - National Careers Service
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk -National Health Service
www.nmc-uk.org - Nursing and Midwifery Council
www.army.mod.uk - Army
www.raf.mod.uk - RAF
www.royalnavy.mod.uk - Navy
www.careersatsea.org - Merchant Navy
www.mod.uk - Ministry of Defence
www.stemnet.org.uk - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
www.autocity.org.uk - Careers inform from the automotive industry

Careers Research

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk - Advice and guidance to parents & carers with regards to the options open to students after leaving school
www.careersbox.co.uk - Careers films on the web
http://icould.com - Careers Advice, Choices & Ideas
www.startprofile.com - Prepare students for a rapidly changing world - click here for Parent Guide
www.career-world.co.uk - Online careers resource
www.connexions360.org.uk - General information for young people

A levels

www.russellgroup.ac.uk - Making A level choices


www.apprenticeships.gov.uk - To register and see vacancies
www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.co.uk - To see local Training Providers
www.semta.org.uk - Science, Engineering & Manufacturing Tech
www.southernwater.co.uk/careers/ - Southern Water

Post 16 Destinations

www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk/qualifications - Albion in the Community (Sport)
www.baca-uk.org.uk - BACA
www.brit.croydon.sch.uk - BRIT (Performing Arts)
www.bimm.co.uk/brighton - BIMM (Music)
www.cns.co.uk - Cardinal Newman - Newman College
www.crawley.ac.uk - Crawley College
www.dv8sussex.com - DV8
www.hp6.org.uk - Hove Park Sixth Form
www.ictheatre.ac.uk - ICT (Performing Arts)
www.mpct.co.uk/military-preparation-college/ - Military Preparation College, Eastbourne
www.seafordhead.org/copy-of-sixth-form-centre - Seaford Head
www.shoreham-academy.org/sixth-form - Shoreham Academy
www.worthing.ac.uk - Worthing College
www.gbmc.ac.uk - Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (Formerly City College)
www.escg.ac.uk - Sussex Downs Group, Eastbourne and Lewes
www.bhasvic.ac.uk - Brighton
www.varndean.ac.uk - Brighton
www.gbmc.ac.uk - Northbrook College - Worthing
www.plumpton.ac.uk - Plumpton, Lewes
www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk - Bexhill
https://suttondistrict.co.uk - Sutton, Croydon, Rosehill and Brighton
www.sussexcoast.ac.uk - Hastings
www.kgaringmer.uk - Kings Academy Ringmer
www.uckfield.college - Uckfield Community College
www.cife.org.uk - Council for Independent Colleges
careerseastsussex.co.uk - Careers East Sussex


http://www.whatuni.com/- All you need to find the right uni!
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk - League tables and rankings
www.russellgroup.ac.uk - Represents 20 leading UK universities
www.oxbridgeapplications.com - How to apply and much more

Routes other than university

http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ - the one stop site for apprenticeships,
gap years, distance learning and jobs


www.gapyear.com - Gap year/volunteering

Work experience


Study abroad


Understanding what employers want


Additional Information, Advice and Guidance

Prospectuses and Application Forms

College prospectuses and application forms will be available from the careers area at the back of the library from early October. There will be lots of help on completing applications forms available from PSHEE teachers and mentors over the next few weeks.

Top Tips for parents to help your child succeed:

• Encourage healthy breakfasts
• Ensure your child stays hydrated
• Organisation is crucial!
• Use a notice board / fridge for key dates
• Encourage good sleep patterns (8 hours a night)
• Attend all PCS Year 11 events and College Open Evenings
• Refer to the homework timetable (found on PCS website). Students should be doing some homework every evening,
this is good practise, not only for GCSE’s but for college too

Please make sure that you take full advantage of all the help and support available to you

Remember - Good attendance and punctuality are crucial for a good reference and future success!



Need Help?

Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

01273 581100