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Careers and Enterprise

What is Careers?

Brookfield Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance prepares and supports students for their futures. Our careers curriculum is mapped against the nationally recognised Gatsby Benchmarks and we are one of the only schools in Derbyshire to hold the 'Gold Careermark Award' for providing outstanding careers provision.

The careers curriculum is delivered through a combination of form time, assemblies, drop down days, PD lessons, embedded within the curriculum and guest speakers, trips and visits.

The operational plan includes intended CEIAG provision for this academic year. Some of the scheduled events are ‘to be confirmed’ largely due to logistical arrangements which still need to be decided in light of Covid-19 restrictions. This also means provision may be subject to amendment in order to respond to changing requirements. We remain committed to providing Brookfield students with quality CEIAG provision, even if we need to be more flexible in its delivery.

Next week is National Careers Week, 1 to 5 March 2021.

Every day next week students and parents can access the NCW free Virtual Careers Fair and lots of other useful information by following this link:

You can follow all the news from National Careers Week on social media using the following hashtag: #NCW2021

Gatsby Benchmarks


Percentage of assessment areas Brookfield has met for this benchmark, and the percentage of schools meeting this benchmark nationally 

Gatsby Benchmark 1
An embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, teachers, governors and employers.

Gatsby Benchmark 2
Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.

Gatsby Benchmark 3
Advice and support should be tailored to the needs of each pupil.

Gatsby Benchmark 4
Careers and enterprise education should be part of and included in a pupil's standard lessons, linking curriculum to real-world career paths.

Gatsby Benchmark 5
All pupils should have at least one encounter employers and employees every year they are at school that results in a better understanding of the workplace and the potential career paths open to them.

Gatsby Benchmark 6
It's important for pupils to experience the workplace environment to understand the context in which they could one day be working before the end of Year 11 and whilst in the Sixth Form.

Gatsby Benchmark 7
Careers provision should cover further and higher education as well as potential professions. Pupils should have encounters with these organisations whilst at school.

Gatsby Benchmark 8
Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser by the end of Year 11 and again by the end of Year 13.

What is Employability?

Employability is about leaving school with the 'work ready' skills that employers are looking for. Employers are telling us that although students often have the required academic qualifications to be employable, they lack the employability skills that make them 'fit for work'.

Careers Assistance During the Coronavirus Outbreak

To help parents and students studying from home, are making the electronic versions of all of their Gatsby Subject Guides available free of charge. You can access them by clicking here.

Your Careers Team

Mrs Metcalfe-Murgatroyd  

School Lead on Careers (Assistant Headteacher)

 Mrs Brown Careers Advisor
(In school every Wednesday based in the library. To make an appointment call in to see her at break or lunch or ask your form tutor)
Mr Cameron and
Mr McIntyre
Heads of Year 12 and Year 13

Baker Clause Policy Statement

As part of our commitment to informing Brookfield Community School students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to our students.

Brookfield Community School proactively seeks to build on close working relationships with providers to speak with students which may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, Post 16 and Post 18 choices. In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the School’s Careers Lead Sarah Metcalfe-Murgatroyd ( with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the School, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.

The school holds Careermark Gold Award- this denotes that Brookfield Community School provides a quality Careers Education, Advice and Guidance Programme. This has been revalidated until July 2021.

For questions on this or information about Careers Information, Guidance and Employability please contact Sarah Metcalfe-Murgatroyd.