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Chesterfield High School



This information has been reviewed for the 2022-23 Academic Year.

Our provider access policy has been updated for the 2023 guidance and is currently being reviewed by our governing body.

Careers Booklet

CDI AffiliateChesterfield High School aims to support all our young people to move into a positive and sustained destination from school through our carefully constructed and continually adaptive personal development curriculum. In order to ensure success, we strive to raise the awareness (for pupils, parents and staff) of the options and many different learning pathways that are available for young people.

It is important to view the curriculum as a journey, working towards a portfolio of qualifications and skills rather than a single year-on-year experience. We already have a track record of success in planning engaging pathways leading to positive destinations, but we now want to build on this and ensure all our young people are sufficiently prepared to move onto a job, training opportunity, college course or university place when they leave us.

At Chesterfield we are also a big believer in a ‘back up plan’! Young people need to have parallel plans; plan A, B, C, etc. and keep their options open. A student’s portfolio needs to also be more than just academic qualifications. It needs to contain the necessary skills and attributes developed through meaningful experiences both within and outside of school that can be transferred into employment.

This website highlights the pathways taken by some of our pupils and gives information about all of the subjects which are available to young people at Chesterfield High School. We place equal emphasis on academic qualifications as well as wider achievements and the acquisition of a first-class skill set.


Students engage in a whole school experience which fully prepares them for future options and employability:

  • Students are able to grow – developing the necessary learner attributes to equip them for an “ever evolving” 21st Century.
  • Students aspire, pursuing their dreams and opening doors to the future – through high quality information and guidance.
  • Students succeed – developing a “love of learning” through excellent teaching and learning to achieve their potential.

Legal requirements:

All students in years 7 to 13 must be provided with independent, impartial careers advice.


At Chesterfield, we will be delivering our vision through our Personal Development curriculum, wider curriculum and enrichment opportunities. At each key stage, students will also work towards accreditation through the CBI endorsed ‘Pixl Edge’ award scheme, that aims to develop key attributes and widely acknowledged, valuable employability skills of leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication.

Success Criteria

  • 8 Gatsby benchmarks are met.
  • Empowered students who can articulate their aspirations and dreams.
  • Independent well informed students.
  • Student voice illustrates their ability to take responsibility for their future.
  • Parental voice.
  • Positive destination data with no students being classed as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
  • Ofsted judgements.

Key People:

Mr Duffy– Associate Assistant Headteacher (Careers Lead)

Careers North - Independent Careers Advisory Team

Mr Lindley- Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Allen – KS3 Leader

Ms Bowers – KS 5 leader

Key priorities/outcomes:

  • Students develop their understanding of “life-long learning”.
  • Students become “work ready”
  • Students achieve destinations commensurate to their ability
  • Staff are better prepared to support students.
  • CEIAG (Careers Education Information and Guidance) is embedded within the Personal Development curriculum