Careers Education at GAA

Great Academy Ashton are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive careers programme which will inspire them to achieve their full potential and provide them with the skills and knowledge they require for the world of work.  To help in raising our student’s aspirations, we provide them with careers education right from the start of their GAA journey, this is in part delivered by our Social Science curriculum which is delivered in Years 7-10.  These lessons help students to better understand themselves, put long term plans in place for their future, and work on the employability skills required to succeed.

In addition to the careers curriculum, students will access our full careers programme which can be viewed here Career Programme.


Careers Advice

Great Academy Ashton welcomes the independent and impartial service of Positive Steps. We have a designated Careers Advisor who provides a targeted service within the Academy. For more information, please visit

In addition to Positive Steps, students can access our Level 6 qualified Careers Adviser who can work with students either 1:1 or in small groups to help them make their post-16 decisions.  A drop-in service is available over lunchtime, however, if you would like to book a more in-depth appointment to see an adviser, please contact the relevant Head of Year.

Measuring Our Impact

We are committed to ensuring our Careers Programme remains relevant and useful for our students and we therefore aim to review and evaluate this annually as follows:

  • Using the Compass toolkit (measuring progress towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks)
  • Gathering feedback from all our stakeholders; students, teachers and governors
  • Using the destination data from our school leavers

Inspiring IAG

Great Academy Ashton has worked towards the Inspiring IAG Gold Award which recognises high quality careers information, advice and guidance. We were delighted to be awarded the IAG Gold Award in September 2016 which recognises the excellent careers information advice and guidance service delivered at Great Academy Ashton.

Provider Access Statement

For education providers wishing to speak with our students, please view our Provider Access Policy for further information Provider Access Policy

Useful Careers Information

Further Information on careers and post-16 options can be viewed here:

Career Sectors

Apprenticeships for website

Further Education Websites