Students in Year 8 through to Y11 receive careers guidance through PSHE. Key Stage 4 students also receive independent careers guidance through 1 to 1 sessions.

We feel it is very important that young people support when making choices about what to do after they leave school. With the requirement for young people to stay in Education or Training until they are 18, students need to consider the different pathways and options available. Personal career guidance can support students’ persistence, motivation and confidence and helping them to see how they could overcome any barriers that prevent them from moving forwards.

We aim to raise the aspirations and motivation of individuals, as well as develop their personal effectiveness, resilience and employability skills of pour students to remove barriers to achieving their career aims and life goals. We work closely with other professionals to support multi agency planning and actions to ensure a young person is able to progress to the next stage of their education.

Provider access arrangements

This sets out the VLC’s arrangements for managing the access of education and training providers to students for the purpose of giving them information about their offer.

It includes

  • Procedures in relation to requests for access
  • The grounds for granting and refusing requests for access
  • Details of premises or facilities to be provided to a person who is given access

Student entitlement

All students in years 8 to 13 at the VLC are entitled to:

  • Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of our careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships
  • Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses

Management of provider access requests

  • A provider wishing to request access should contact the Principal, Emma Gundry
  • A number of events will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. Please contact the school to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.
  • We may refuse access to a provider if their vision and values are incompatible with the VLC.


  • Our safeguarding/child protection policy outlines the school’s procedure for checking the identity and suitability of visitors.
  • Education and training providers will be expected to adhere to this policy.

Premises and facilities

  • The school will make sure that classrooms or meeting spaces are available for use by the provider, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available any IT equipment needed to support presentations. This will need to be discussed and agreed in advance with the school.
  • Providers are welcome to leave materials (such as prospectuses) at the school for us to make available to students.