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Gosforth Central Middle School

Careers Guidance

Future Proof at GCMS 

At Gosforth Central Middle School we aim to give our children every opportunity we can; we enhance our children’s ambitions and give our children ‘The Edge’. Through our discrete careers programme, curriculum opportunities and blended learning, our children discover that they have many exciting choices ahead of them.  During their time spent with us at GCMS, they develop the essential skills so needed in their futures and, with the support of local employers, weekly enterprise challenges and STEM visits, our pupils are more than ready for the next aspirational step towards the world of work.

Overview of careers programme:

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Careers Lead:  

If you wish to get in contact regarding careers education information and guidance at GCMS, please contact:

Joseph Veitch (0191 2851793) or joseph.veitch@gosforthcent.newcastle.sch.uk

Our Provider Access Policy can be viewed below:


careers provider access policy 23 24.pdf

 Impact of Careers Programme 

In order to measure the impact of our Careers Programme at GCMS, we:

- Hold learning walks with Joseph Veitch (Head of Enterprise), the Senior Lead Team and Governors.

- Use Compass Plus, a tool from the Careers & Enterprise company which allows us to track, manage and report on the school's Careers Programme.

- Assess pupil progress against benchmarks in Oracy and teamwork.

- Map out Careers Opportunities in a long term plan.



 Supporting your child with careers

As a parent or carer, you have the leading role when your child is making decisions about their potential future career and we can support you. We want all pupils to develop an awareness of their positive attributes and personal skills as well as developing key employability skills such as teamwork, tenacity, responsibility and oracy.  Some ways this could be supported at home are:

  • participation in their community, for example through local Scout groups
  • playing or participating in a local sports team 
  • commitment to a hobby or interest such as a musical instrument or a club
  • looking after and taking responsibility for a pet
  • participating in extracurricular activities at school such as the choir or sports clubs
  • encouraging them to volunteer or take part in youth summer programmes

In years 7 & 8 we support pupils to develop their soft skills further, investigating the world of work and moving on to look at how GCSE subject choices in Year 9 affect career options. As they make choices and plans for the future, young people need support from the people who know them best: their families. It really is never too early to start looking at future career possibilities. Talk to your children about careers they are interested in. Find out what they know already and encourage them to explore the online careers resources and speak to people you know in those fields. It is also worth regularly referring to labour market information (see link below) Parents and carers also need support to help young people make tough and challenging decisions. There are links below which may support you to do this. You can also support your child by:

  • talking to them about their interests and which subjects they enjoy
  • discussing a range of different career options and study options at home such as T levels, Apprenticeships and University study
  • improving your own knowledge of the range of careers and study programmes available
  • encouraging your child to ask their teachers questions and try and range of activities and interests

Follow this link to our Enterprise website page: https://www.gosforthcent.newcastle.sch.uk/Enterprise/

Website due for review and update in July 2023.

Useful sites and links

Careers (ID 1058)