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Our school Careers & Independent Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Lead is Mrs Donovan. Their role is to provide impartial, objective advice and information to young people, and their parents, about the different pathways open to young people as they progress through their schooling.  

Mrs Donovan can be contacted by email or by contacting the school office on 0117 9424328


external providers wishing to work with us


The Baker Clause

The introduction of the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 with the amendment commonly known as the Baker clause, stipulates that schools must ensure that a ‘range of education and training providers’ have access to pupils from year 8 to year 13, so that they can be informed about what technical education and apprenticeship opportunities are available to them.

Providers wishing to work with the school should contact the academy’s Careers Leader Ceri Donovan at Requests will be considered on the basis of staffing availability to support the activity, impact on learning time, space/rooming availability and potential clashes with other activities.

For further information regarding our careers policies and procedures, please refer to the Montpelier High School Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy and Providers Access Statement 

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy and Providers Access Statement & Careers Programme



Our School Careers policy and programme

How can pupils, parents, teachers and employers access information about the careers programme?

Please refer to the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy and Providers Access Statement & Careers Programme for further information about the careers programme.


Measuring the Success of Our Careers Programme

How does the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme?

We use a mixture of staff, parent and pupil voice and assessment of Post-16 and Post-18 destinations to to evaluate the success and impact of our careers programme.


Technical Education & Apprenticeships

In what circumstances will providers of technical education and apprenticeships be given access to Year 8 to 13 pupils?

Please refer to the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy and Providers Access Statement & Careers Programme for further information regarding our provision.


Our provision in this area is reviewed on an annual basis. 


Work Experience

Work experience supports students in their career planning and their next steps for Post-16 and beyond. It develops confidence, motivation, aspiration and direction to where they want to be in the future. Work experience allows development of employability and transferable life skills that will benefit students when applying for colleges, university and future employment. A positive work experience placement allow students to find out about various routes into careers and a taste of life outside of education.

When applying for a placement students should consider the timing of their application as it may be the case that students across the city will also be applying for work experience, and companies will be limited to the number of applicants they can accept.

Students should begin by contacting companies by letter or email to enquire about placements. The best way is usually by letter or email. It is recommended to make a follow up phone call if no response has been received after approximately two weeks.

Students may wish to consider approaching friends and family for support with the application process and with finding appropriate placements.

Once a student has found a placement they should inform Mrs Donovan with details of their placement together with a contact for someone at the organisation. 

Please refer to the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy and Providers Access Statement & Careers Programme for additional information about work experience.

Careers Information Padlet 

Please take a look at the Careers Information padlet for regular careers updates and work experience opportunities.


Gatsby Benchmarks

The careers support and activities at Montpelier High School is aligned to the eight Gatsby benchmarks. The Gatsby benchmarks were created following an international study of career guidance.

Good Career Guidance Handbook



Bristol City Council Post-16 Directory

The Bristol City Council Post-16 Directory contains listings of all the school sixth forms, sixth form colleges, further education colleges and training providers offering post-16 education, training and apprenticeships in and near Bristol. 

Bristol City Council Post-16 Directory



A Guide for Parents and Carers

The Success at School website have put together a guide to help parents and carers take a positive role in your child’s career journey. It covers all the basics – from university, apprenticeships and other pathways into work, to work experience and employability skills. It outlines job roles linked to each major school subject as well as exploring the jobs of the future.

Success at School Website (Bristol City Council)




Careerpilot provides expert careers information for 11-19 year olds, and is compiled by a consortium of universities and colleges in the South of England. Their aim is to increase the progression of young people to higher level study through providing online, impartial information and support about all progression routes.




national careers service

In addition to the careers programme provided in school, parents/carers and students can access the National Careers Service website for further advice and guidance and the opportunity to receive free independent careers advice from trained providers. 

National Careers Service



Helping Your Child to Search and Apply for Apprenticeships

Parent's and Carers Pack

The Department for Education have produced an extensive guide with information for Parent's and Carers to support their children with finding apprenticeship opportunities and applications.

Parents and Carers Apprenticeship Pack - January 2023