College and Sixth Form Open Days

How do we provide students with information about course choices and careers?

All students receive the following three strands of careers education and guidance:

1     The Wider curriculum aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the world of work through range of activities related to economic well-being

2    General careers advice and specific guidance on progression routes is provided by the school’s independent Careers Adviser Paula Askew

Information, advice and guidance – the role of the careers adviser

Paula Askew is an independent careers adviser who works in Garstang Community Academy three days a week. Students in Years 10 and 11 will be automatically booked in for 1:1 appointments where they will have the opportunity to explore their career aspirations. Paula will help students to identify the courses that will support their career pathways and highlight relevant colleges, sixth forms and training.  Students can also request an interview by speaking to Mr. Dawson. All students will receive a clear action plan outlining the key points discussed and any actions to be taken.

Paula will:

  • Deliver bespoke careers advice and guidance on an individual basis
  • Provide a clear action plan
  • Advise and guide students about the opportunities available after year 11
  • Support students to complete application forms
  • Promote apprenticeship pathways and support students to search and apply for vacancies
  • Explore university pathways
  • Provide information about the Labour Market (LMI)


3   Excellent links exist with the community and local businesses. Local colleges, sixth forms, training providers and employers are regularly invited into school to offer advice and guidance on progression routes 

Our local colleges, sixth forms and training providers are regular visitors to the school and offer our students guidance on their courses and pathways.

Our employer visitors are arranged based on student demand, if students are interested in a particular career or employer we do our best to invite an appropriate representative in. Please ask Paula if there is a particular career representative you would like us to invite into school.

Personal Development Day. In year 10 students will attend a day designed to develop those all-important employability skills. We invite a range of businesses and organisations to deliver sessions to teach our students the important skills for working life.

  • What to say to employers and what NOT to say!
  • How your Facebook/Snapchat/Instagram can get you sacked!
  • How to dress for an interview
  • How to make your CV and applications stand out
  • Practice interview skills ready for the real thing

Careers Convention in November the school holds its yearly careers convention. Students and parents/careers in years 8-11 are very welcome to attend this event.

Careers and Post16